This is a really beautiful visual representation of what 00:15 seconds means to hundreds of thousands of Israeli people every day: the difference between life and death.
While Israel sends leaflets, text messages, phone calls, to the people of Gaza before an air strike, Israelis get no such warning and for the elderly, the differently abled, and those outside, this can mean that their life will be in danger.
Air raid sirens in Israel go off when a rocket approaches, not a mortar, not a terrorist. We are lucky to have the Iron Dome, but even that doesn’t truly defend us.
These sirens are terrifying. For a child like myself, I grew up in the safety of the years between the Intifadas, after the Gulf War, I wasn’t in Israel during The Second Lebanon War, Gaza (2009). These sounds only burned into my conscious when I was 18 years old, a student in one of the most bustling, lively cities in the world. I had a minute to get to the shelter, and I was only subjected to this sound a few times. For the people of Sderot, they have no such luxury.
I remember standing on the street with my friend, having just gone grocery shopping, and hearing the siren (for the first time, for a real attack, not in memorium). The whole street stopped, confused, before panicked we ran to the nearest shelters. No child of the South is a foreigner to this concept. Some kids can even tell what kind of rocket hit by the sound they make.
No one deserves to live like that.