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Birmingham native talks about living through Israel-Hamas conflict

Margaret Duvdevani. Source: WBRC video Margaret Duvdevani. Source: WBRC video
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

Margaret Duvdevani may have been born in Birmingham but she calls Israel home.

When Duvdevani, her husband and three boys moved to the Middle East in 1980 she said the area was quiet then.
 
Fast forward to the present and the atmosphere has been anything but.
 
"Going to the grocery store was traumatic and that's about the only
outing I made during the whole month of the war. Not even to a friend's house for coffee or a good conversation," said Duvdevani.

Duvdevani shared her story with dozens of people at the Levite Jewish Community Center Wednesday.
 
Five panelists joined in on the discussion about the conflict betwee Hamas and Israel.
 
The panelists included Don Wilker, the Executive Director of the American
Jewish Committee's Southeast office, Jahan Berns, volunteer with the Birmingham Jewish Federation, Nate Salant, a retired Commissioner of the Gulf South Conference and Daniel Odrezin, the Assistant Executive Director of the Birmingham Jewish Federation.
 
During the town hall like meeting Salant made the comment, "This is not just about Jews or Israel. It's about freedom for everyone."

To add to the everyday fear of the constant fighting between the two areas, Duvdevani said another fear was for her son. He was called to fight for Israel in the conflict.

"That was just an added factor. You know, that just added to the tension, the stress the anxiety that we were feeling anyway because of the threat," said Duvdevani.

Another topic discussed during Wednesday's meeting was the rise of ant-Semitism in Europe.
 
"It's scary, it's really scary. I think so many things that are happening now that are reminiscent that was going on before Hitler, or when Hitler was taking over Germany," said Duvdevani.
 
Dee Fine was one of the many attendees.
           
She said it's healthy to hear input on the chaos in the Middle East.

"It's a better understanding. Anytime people get together and we get the information and we're able to discuss issues that are of great importance. Not just the Jewish community but the entire world no matter what faiths they have," said Fine. 

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