Thursday, September 21, 2006

A NIGHTMARE

Last night Noah left for three weeks. A little vacation. To India. Everyone is entitled to take a little vacation.

She flew El Al. And when she got to security she truthfully told them that she packed her bags herself. Security watched her and listened to her and waved her through.

She didn’t need much luggage. She was only going for three weeks…and it’s India not Beverly Hills.

Last night Noah asked her brother if she could borrow his bag for her trip. He said, ‘Sure’.

How do I know all this? I have known Noah since she was a little girl. Her baby sister and my baby son have been best friends since they were three. Exactly twenty years. And in all that time they’ve lived just up the street from me. I see her mother walking her dog when I drink my coffee in the morning. When my Milky was still alive, we used to meet in the early morning hours and pass a few minutes catching up on our kids. They went to nursery school together…and elementary school…and high school…and the army.

The kind of family you wish you were related to.

What no one knew is that inside that bag…hidden in a pocket…was a cartridge of bullets. See, the brother just got back from milluim…reserve duty and here in Israel bullets here and bullets there are no big deal to anyone but me and some other North American moms. You should see the pictures of me watching my oldest the day he parachuted for the first time.

Noah got to the airport in Mumbai this morning. And they checked her bags. And they promptly arrested her!

A few months ago an Israeli tour guide was caught in India with ONE bullet in a pocket…remember here there everywhere…and ended up spending three months in an Indian jail! THREE MONTHS…ONE BULLET.

Noah has lot of bullets in that cartridge! They let her phone home. Her hysterical family phoned someone who phoned someone else and the Foreign Office is with Noah. The Indian government has decided to try her tomorrow. She could end up spending YEARS behind bars in some Bombay jail, G-d forbid!!!

I called everyone I know. My friend’s son is the assistant consul of New Delhi. I wrote letters asking if anyone could help. And now I’m blogging the story.

As of this moment, the family was able to get visas today. They are trying to get tickets to fly out. They do have a lawyer.

So, does anyone know anyone or have any ideas what to do to help?

Noah can’t spend years in India. Please, it’s all a terrible mistake!!!

I lost my job today. The place where I have been working this past year has decided to close their doors.

I bemoaned the fact that I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet!!!

Have a great day…stay safe…and thanks for dropping in.

24 Comments:

At 6:25 PM, Blogger Jack's Shack said...

Oy. I hope that everything works out.

 
At 7:38 PM, Blogger marallyn ben moshe said...

thanks jack...i really appreciate it...shanah tova...stay safe

 
At 7:39 PM, Anonymous river's mom said...

Oy and Oy! Marallyn my thoughts and prayers are with you. I hope Noah gets out of India as fast as possible...and as for your job...oy! I love hard beginnings so it should be a fabulous year for you.

 
At 7:40 PM, Blogger marallyn ben moshe said...

thank you my dear dear friend...from your mouth...what a day!!! shanah tova...stay safe

 
At 7:41 PM, Anonymous richard said...

Hi Marallyn
I don't know if it will help but if you document the case with names, dates, etc. I will forward it to the Canadian government and if see if they might be able to intervene. It is unlikely unless Noah is Canadian but might help. I assume the Israeli government is already involved at the foreign affairs level?
Richard

 
At 7:43 PM, Anonymous richard said...

dear richard...thanks a lot...i think we have to handle things from here but i love your heart and value your friendship so much...shanah tova...stay safe

 
At 7:44 PM, Anonymous romie said...

Dear Marallyn,
How'd Noah ever get through the Israeli check at Ben Gurion? Don't they x-ray EVERYONE'S bags at this high-tech place?
I'm sure that the Israeli Ambassador in India is now involved, & probably has some influence, or knows who has. If the Indians are tight-assed about it (& maybe they will be, if they gave a kid with ONE bullet 3 months in jail), your friend might end up with a similar sentence. It's unlikely they'd give her a heavier sentence just because she was in possession of a 'clip' & not a single cartridge.
With a lawyer, the Assistant Consul in New Delhi, & probably the Israeli Ambassador vouching for her, she's likely in as good hands as she could wish for. Hope & pray that she doesn't end up in front of an anti-Semitic judge there - which I believe is a good bet.
Please let me know the out come.

And you? What happened to your company? All of a sudden, or was it in the works? Tough to imagine you sitting around, so you'll likely be on to something some time soon. Good luck!

xxx

Romie

 
At 7:53 PM, Blogger marallyn ben moshe said...

thanks romie...you have asked the $64,000 question...how did she get on the el al plane...and how come they checked her luggage when she landed in bombay? from what i understand from the family, they got their visas...they are getting a flight probably tomorrow and they have made contact with a lawyer...oyoyoyoyoy...as for me...it is a blessing in disguise...i don't want to work six days a week any more...i want more time for writing and to finish 'emma'...and no i'm not going to vegetate...i will probably look for something new after yontiff...thanks for asking and caring...ps i love talking to your sons!!!...shanah tova...stay safe

 
At 10:22 PM, Anonymous John said...

What an incredible story.

And, so tragic!

I would like to know why the Indians are so touchy about bullets. They're useless without guns, so what's the big deal?

Is there something going on in Indian society that we don't know about?

 
At 10:26 PM, Blogger marallyn ben moshe said...

i think they are among the gazillion of people who do not particularly like us...and to tell the truth, i don't like them much either...but other than that mrs. lincoln...thanks for dropping by john my dear friend...ahanah tovah and chag sameach

 
At 12:41 AM, Anonymous rky said...

My heart goes out Noah's family! I've heard horror stories about arrests
in those '3rd world' countries. I'll pray even harder, this weekend, for her
wellbeing!
Keep me posted. Gottenu!!!!!
Love you, be safe and strong....have a sweet year...hopefully with Noah
and her family intact!!!
XXXOOO
rky

 
At 12:42 AM, Blogger marallyn ben moshe said...

thanks rky...it's a mess...my heart is aching for them...shanah tovah...i'll let you know when i know something...stay safe

 
At 12:44 AM, Anonymous b said...

My dear epess...we certainly know the feeling of the phone call...our hearts go out to you and to the family...Preeti has some great contacts in India...she won't be home until 10:00 -10:30 tonight (its now 3:15)...please send me as much info that you can...full name, her location, contact #'s etc...I will show this to Preeti when she returns.
I'm sorry to read about your job loss...but like my mother a.h. would say "ven a teer farmachsach a fenster effens sach eef" (when a door closes a window opens)...stay strong, stay well...
Love
B

 
At 12:47 AM, Blogger marallyn ben moshe said...

my dear dear b...thank you so very much for caring so much...i'll email you more in the morning...by then the family will know more as the indian government is rushing through a trial and then the family will know better where they stand...and pls tell preeti that i am sure they will welcome all the help they can get...un mein tayereh freind, ah mammeh's hertz veist allessding...yetzt ich zuch ah fenster...my Zaidi AH told me the first day i went to school...remember marallyn its a vindeh not a fenster :))) shanah tovah...stay safe

 
At 12:50 AM, Blogger marallyn ben moshe said...

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At 12:53 AM, Blogger marallyn ben moshe said...

dear annie...from what i can gather, el al realized that she wasn't a risk...the 'bag' was checked through...and the indian security x-rayed all the incoming bags and waited to see who went to pick it up...it is an awful scary terrifying mess...i ache from their pain and fear...i'm sorry you and yours won't be at our table tonight...but you certainly will be in spirit...shanah tova...stay safe

 
At 12:55 AM, Anonymous annie said...

Oh Marallyn, I'm so sorry for both Noah and you with no job. Please let me know what becomes of her. So didn't El Al, the poster child for security x ray her bag and find the bullets??? Oh my!!!

Well, I've got to leave soon...talked to chatty Maia, so cute...her word for another is always "anunder" and aminals for critters. Michael still spends most every evening with her: "mine daddy"...have yourself some nurturing, maybe a bath with candlelight...(a hot pastrami on rye)...

Love, Annie

 
At 1:27 AM, Anonymous sydonia said...

I did not like this word after reading your blog----what a horrifying experience for Noah----all I can offer is prayers for hope----I know you'll keep information flowing as you are concerned for her safety and future----and yet another test of your good heart-----stay strong and yes it MUST (better) be a good year to come !!!

 
At 1:29 AM, Blogger marallyn ben moshe said...

thanks sydonia...you know me longer than anyone...this is simply a nightmare...i'll let you know when i know something...thanks my dear friend for your kind words...shanah tovah...stay safe

 
At 9:37 AM, Anonymous Chavah said...

Psalm 91:11-15. Pray this Psalm over your friend's daughter. "He ordered his angels to guard Noah wherever she goes. If Noah stumbles, they'll catch her; their job is to keep Noah from falling. She'll walk unharmed among lions and snakes, and kick young lions and serpents from the path. If Noah will hold on to Me for dear life, says G-d, I will get her out of any trouble. G-d will give Noah the best of care if she will only get to know and trust Him. Call G-d and He will answer and be at her side in bad times; G-d will rescue Noah and give her a long life...."

I know this is very difficult for Noah's family and for you, their friend. I will pray that G-d will send the right people to her aid and intervene on her behalf, that she will be set free and returned unharmed to her family. I ask that everyone involved will have the Peace of G-d as you face this firey trial. G-d is the one who controls this universe, not the rulers of governments. Trust Him and put your faith in Him. "He works all things together for good to those who love Him..."

Sorry to hear about your job loss. A door never closes but what another one is opened. Maybe G-d has something else He wants to bless you with at this stage in your life. I know you are a blessing to him, as you are to me and all those who know you. Have a happy and sweet L'Shana Tova my dear friend, and by all means, be safe.
Hugs,
Chavah

 
At 10:54 AM, Blogger marallyn ben moshe said...

thank you chavah...your words are like a balm...as is your friendship...a sweet new year to you too...stay safe

 
At 7:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To Noah and Marallyn

Psalm 46

God is your refuge and stength, a very present help in trouble.

The Lord of hosts is with you the God of Jacob is your refuge.

For this new year I wish for Noah's safe return to her family and Israel.

I wish you all prosperity in every endeavor.

I wish you healing and good health.

AND

Blessings beyond measure!!!

Shana Tova to all.

 
At 7:58 AM, Blogger Chana said...

Chilling. And I'm so sorry about your job. I'll be stopping by for updates. Thanks for coming by my blog.

 
At 9:32 AM, Blogger marallyn ben moshe said...

thanks chana...and i will enjoy visiting your blog also...ima with horns is a great nick...as is your blog...stay safe

 

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