While the United States celebrates what's probably the greatest display of civil participation in its history, a moment which includes both the 'haves' and the 'have not's', I'm having an argument with director Robby Elmaliah about the limits of our own civil responsibility. I live a comfortable life in Tel Aviv, where the last time we heard an alarm was during the first Gulf war in 1991 (while I was in the midst of my mandatory army service). Robby's parents left Sderot and sold his childhood home after it was hit by a Kassam; Robby left to a nearby Kibbutz after his own home was hit.

Robby thinks the people in Sderot, most of whom have been put there by the government against their will after immigrating from Morocco in the early fifties, are not responsible for what the Israeli government does. I think we are all part of the occupation: we pay taxes, most go to the army. If we don't resist, we collaborate. Robby says that leaders on both sides have a vested interest in perpetuation the Kassam in Sderot/Invasions in Gaza situation: this way, he says, the people in power don't get hurt, only those who are 'less important', and leaders can keep the war going on forever. I don't know what to say to this, but I feel unease. It seems like the people who are most affected are the ones that should be speaking out. But what if they are too worn out to even try?