I like pretty much all Israelis, Jewish ones at least, am worried sick about the three Jewish teens who had been kidnapped by Arab terrorists. But while tens or hundreds of thousands of Jews mobbed the area of the Kotel, Western Wall in a massive prayer for G-d to intercede and save the three boys, Gilad Shaar, Eyal Yifrach and Naftali Frankel, I was in Yafiz, Sha'ar Binyamin, working with and selling to Arabs.
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Once I got there, it actually appeared very business as usual. There was the usual polite Arab staff, who understands very well on which side their bread is buttered. I doubt if many would be working for Rami Levy if they could get such a well-paying reliable job in their own town or village. It would certainly endanger them to say that there was any other reason they are working for a Jew. Not being "pc, politically correct" in the Arab sector could easily be fatal.
The Arab customers, were also their usual self, looking for bargains and possibly looking for clothes that would make them look more Jewish. I have dealt with Arabs who come with their kids and try to force the children to speak Hebrew. One young father proudly told me that he lives in Pisgat Zeev.
And how did I feel about it all yesterday? I certainly was more suspicious than usual. It's hard to take the Arabs' smiles and polite words at face value. Politics and security, topics never breached, seemed even further away.
Our patience when Arabs tried to bargain or pretend that the signs indicating what size is on the shelf mean price was pretty thin. We did our job as well as we usually do. It's very much like the song "There's No Business Like Show Business."
There's no business like show businessLike no business I knowYou get word the show has startedThat your favorite uncle died at dawnTop of that your pa and ma have partedYou're broken hearted but you go on
Honestly, I would get another job if I could, but at my age, not many people are willing to hire me.