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Salisbury Teen Speaks About Israel Trip

SALISBURY, Md. - Rebekah Twilley, 16, just returned from a life-changing trip to Israel, and experienced more than she expected.

Twilley traveled to Israel for just under a month on Jewish teen tour with the group Baltimore Zionist District. She arrived just before the fighting between Israel and Hamas began, making her an eye-witness to the rocket launches and siren sounds throughout the small country. She experienced two air raid sirens and had to lay on the ground at one point while rockets passed above her head.

"Lying on the ground knowing that another country is shooting rockets at you is just very different," she said while laughing. But she admitted the crisis is no laughing matter.

"It's really upsetting knowing that with every rocket, the lives of soldiers were being put on the line, civilians are always at risk and just a really culturally aware moment," Twilley said. "There's an injustice being done here and israel totally has the right to defend itself and being there really helped me see that a lot more."

The 16-year-old is aware that others, there and here, do not share her viewpoint, but her feelings toward Israel are stronger than ever.

"The iron dome is just an incredible system and I felt really safe in the hands of the IDF and the government," she explained. "But also I think it's just impossible not to feel at peace in someway when you're in israel, especially as a jew, it just kind of a sense of home."

Civilians on both sides of the conflict are facing danger everyday, but that hasn't stopped people like Rebekah from traveling to their Jewish homeland.

"The fact that even in this war and the tragedy of war is always a horrific thing but even in this war every single life is important and every civilian life is something that's tragic if its loss and so I really hope that people here really get the sense to stand with the humanitarian efforts of israel."

And despite the exploding rockets and piercing sirens, there were still smiles and memories made to last a lifetime.

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