Elliot Vaisrub Glassenberg is a senior educator at BINA: The Jewish
"I remember the day that Holot opened.
It was exactly 4 years, 3 months and one day ago: December 12, 2013. I found myself squeezed into the backseat of a small car full of strangers. We were a ragtag bunch of Israelis. Most of us hadn’t known each other before. We found each other on social media and connected for the sole purpose of sharing a ride to protest the opening of Holot, a two hour drive from Tel Aviv. We came from different backgrounds and disagreed on a lot, but we agreed on one thing: that Israel shouldn’t be imprisoning refugees; Israel should be protecting them. I wasn’t really much of an activist at that point and was a rather inexperienced protester, but something in my heart drove me. Something about Holot went against the very core of by being as a human, as a new Israeli, and as a Jew." Read more…