Father and son
Staff Sgt. Uri Grossman, 20, son of novelist and peace activist David Grossman was killed Saturday in Lebanon, just days after his father made a public call for the government to halt its military operation and enter negotiations.
True, this is one of over 1,500 deaths in this war. Yet it catches the imagination, puts a face on the horror. Uri, so say the reports, was very happy when the ceasefire was announced. He promised his family he’ll be home for Friday dinner. He was killed in the ‘last push’ offensive when his tank was hit by an anti-tank missile.
David Grossmann has been a vocal peace activist for many years. Son of refugees from Nazi Europe, he has written both fiction and non-fiction addressing social and ethical issues in Israeli society. His books (Yellow Wind, Sleeping on a Wire, and others) confronted the Jewish community in Israel with the predicament of the Palestinians both in Israel and in the Palestinian territories.
In the first days of the war, David Grossman supported it – along with most of the Israeli left. However, as the days went on, his conviction that it should be stopped strengthened. Unfortunately, the ceasefire did not come quick enough for his son, and for scores of Lebanese and Israelis who have died since its announcement.
May peace reign over this sad land.