Gas masks 521.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Three o’clock On a late summer afternoon at Hadar Mall in Jerusalem, on the last
day of the current round of gas mask distribution. Hundreds of people are
milling around a storefront piled high with gas masks, and the air is thick with
frustration.Menucha Halperin, a 58-year-old mother of three and
grandmother of three, says she arrived at the distribution center before noon,
took number 1265 in the line, and set off to do some shopping. Three and a half
hours later she’s back, only to find there are still several hundred more people
before her. She calls her daughter to say she won’t be able to pick up her
granddaughter from kindergarten, estimating it’ll take another hour and a half –
five hours in total – to exchange the outdated gas masks she’s been storing in
her house since the mid-1990s.