Hili Kupershtein is a young woman who lives in the south of Israel, very close to the border with Gaza. She grew up used to the sounds of warning sirens and the need to rush immediately to the nearest safe room because of incoming rocket fire from Gaza. Now she describe for the outside world, that has trouble understanding what it must be like to live in a place so terrorist-tormented as the Israeli towns bordering Gaza, her own thoughts on the “war crimes and atrocities” visited on Israelis by the terrorists of Hamas. Her de profundis despair can be found here: “I Am 21-Years Old; This Is What It Is Like in Israel,” by Hili Kupershtein, Algemeiner, October 9, 2023:
…As an Israeli, I am closely familiar with existential fear. But on Saturday, I learned that I knew nothing about fear….
They violently broke into homes and slaughtered children, families, and elderly people, some of whom were still in their pajamas.
Families were hiding in shelters, parents were lying on top of their children to try to protect them — hearing the terrorists inside their homes on the other side of the door, trying to break down their shelter doors to murder them. They did not know that aside from the brutal bloody murders, the terrorists were violently kidnapping families, the elderly, and people who lived alone, by putting guns to their heads, kidnapping them, and dragging them into Gaza….
In another instance, a peaceful music party was being held in a large field. At 6:30 in the morning, Gazan terrorists crossed the border and violently massacred the young Israelis as they ran to save their lives. More than 250 were killed, some were injured, some were kidnapped, and some are still missing….
Every Israeli’s social media accounts are flooded by people posting about their missing loved ones and asking if anyone has seen them. I recognized two people I know, who went to a high school right next to mine. It seems almost everyone knows someone who is missing or kidnapped.
Hundreds of people are still missing. We do not know if they are alive, injured, or dead.
Hundreds of people who woke up on Saturday morning either in their home or at a peaceful party are now on a missing person list.
I am still scared for my life. I am scared for the lives of my family and friends. Every one of us knows a person who was called to reserves.
This war is unlike anything I have experienced.
Hamas’ people and supporters are violent terrorists. They are brutal, merciless, and inhumane. They commit abhorrent war crimes. They spare no life of peaceful families. They are out for blood, and no one is safe.
I write these words and my hands shake. My phone keeps buzzing from notifications about more and more sirens that are sounding, civilians and soldiers who are killed, terrorists from Gaza who still are on the run inside Israel, along with other disasters.
My online feed is full of pictures of my friends who are in reserves, and who are now going to battle to protect the lives of Israeli citizens and our democratic country. They are asking me to pray for them. I am anxiously waiting for some of them who are now offline to respond.
I am afraid. The only thing that is left for us to do is pray and speak out against the war crimes and atrocities that are being committed by the Hamas terrorists in Gaza, and the thousands of people in Gaza who support and protect these terrorists.
You should too.