Barely an hour had gone by since the last rocket sirens and subsequent explosions were heard in Jaffa. The few people milling around the Old City and its trademark clock tower – tourists and locals undeterred by the tense security situation – could hear the muezzin from the nearby mosque calling Muslims to prayer. Commerce seemed to proceed as usual.

Surfers in their flip-flops returned from the beach. A kind of surreal normalcy seemed to set in.


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