I call my friends in Israel every few weeks. I obsessively check war news and donate to various Jewish and Israeli causes. Someone I know just died in the war. She was from Gaza. She was Baraa Abu Elaisha 26-year-old doctor who died in airstrikes in the Jabalia refugee camp.
My wife, Alice, used to teach physical education in the Cleveland Heights, Ohio, school system, and Baraa had been a foreign exchange student at Cleveland Heights High School. In 2014, Baraa helped Alice with some elementary school classes. “A sweet girl,” my wife said when the war between Gaza and Israel broke out. “I hope they don’t kill her.”
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