The Mideast in Crisis: The View from Holon, Israel
Photos by Joel and Susanne Dzodin
Violence has yet again erupted in the Mideast. As politicians and diplomats squabble, average Arab and Israeli citizens scramble. Here is a glimpse of one Israeli couple’s experience over the past 10 days. Joel and Susanne Dzodin, who have been married 44 years, have a son and daughter and live in Holon, a city south of Tel Aviv with a population of nearly 200,000. Joel is originally from Detroit, Michigan and Susanne was born in Hamburg, Germany. They have lived in Holon for almost six years, and in Israel 16 years. Their pictures (below) tell their personal tale.
An apartment building on the opposite side of the street also sustained damage by the explosion of the incoming rocket. Hopefully, everyone managed to get to a reinforced shelter before the missile hit. Residents have about 90 seconds from when the alarm sounds to get to a place of safety. It's not unusual for older buildings to lack a properly bomb-resistant space. Instead, there are community shelters maintained for such situations. But will the elderly and infirm manage to get to them in time?