They posted new signs at work so that we can find the bomb shelters. However, the one on our floor doubles as a travel agent’s office and it was much to crowded to enter when the siren sounded at 6 p.m. I went into the stairwell, waited until I heard a few loud booms and then went outside to catch the minivan home.
Four missiles were fired at Jerusalem and Maale Adumim. Two were shot down by the Iron Dome antimissile system and two fell into open areas. My husband was in a nearby store, buying wine for Shabbat. Someone said, “Is that a siren?” Everyone agreed, and continued what they were doing. When he got outside, a small crowd of people were photographing the missile being shot down with their cellphones.
For people in Jerusalem, missiles are a bit of a novelty, although we are well within striking distance of Gaza. By, the way, 96 missiles were fired at Israel today. The total, since Operation Protective Edge began, is 442. The majority of Israel’s citizens live within range of Hamas missiles. This article shows the range of the M-302 missile, relative to large cities in the US, Canada, and UK (What if Terrorists Could Shoot This Rocket at Your Country?). In our area, we have 90 seconds to get to shelter, which is a lot more time than most people (15-45 seconds), but doesn’t seem like very much time if you have to deal with scared children or pets.
We are trying to lead normal lives, although it does make some activities more difficult (a friend’s daughter who is getting married tonight had to find a new wedding hall yesterday because the hall they booked cancelled all its functions). Our local buses are targeted by stone-throwers and no one wants to risk a trip to the hospital for a dinner in town. My husband’s bus was stoned on his way home the other day but no one was injured. I feel safer at work than at home, because our building is a massive block of concrete. Our soldier son won’t be home this Shabbat. We’re not too concerned about his safety because he works in air force intelligence and that building is probably as well protected as any. I hope we all have a peaceful Shabbat.