Yesterday, I read an article on many news websites which churned my stomach. There was a 62 year-old man who was driving his motorcycle near Tel Aviv, hit a cement truck and was thrown to the ground, and killed. This took place in an intersection with four lanes in each direction – and literally hundreds of cars passing every 20 minutes. What made make me sick was the following.
This poor man is lying critically injured on the road for a few minutes, and cars are maneuvering their vehicles to “get around him”. This was all captured on a video surveillance camera and was posted on many websites.
Naturally, the headlines were “Only in Israel”, “Israeli’s ignore their dead” and other embarrassing statements.
The images are just heartbreaking. I have no words to describe my feelings when I watched the video. Just try and imagine it. A man is hit by a cement truck, he’s lying in the middle of one of the busiest intersections in Eretz Yisroel – and people are just driving around him like he’s a dead dog??!!
Talking about a dead dog, that’s what urged me to write this piece quickly.
This morning, on the Jerusalem Posts website it read as follows: Dozens of Jerusalemites gathered on Tuesday afternoon to help a puppy that had fallen off a second-floor balcony on Jaffa Rd. Pedestrians stopped in the 32-degree heat to pick the puppy up and take him into a nearby clothing store to protect him from the heat. The puppy survived the fall and was retrieved by his owner.
I’m finished writing……I’ll leave the rest to you.