On Oct. 7, Israel experienced the brutal massacre of 1,200 people, primarily civilians, that represented the largest loss of Jewish life since the Holocaust. In addition, 240 hostages ranging in age from nine months to beyond 80 were abducted to Gaza by savage Hamas terrorists whose aim is to eradicate Israel. To their credit, groups of dedicated volunteers have been posting reminders of these 240 captives all over the world lest their fate be forgotten. Many concerned people in Brookline posted here as well. Apparently the postings violated town procedures and DPW removed them. This is unfortunate under the circumstances. There’s no question that other non-political postings about block parties or missing cats don’t get removed. It’s selective enforcement and feels like a violation given the nature of the atrocities in question. Recently I walked on a street near my home in Chestnut Hill and was so pleased to see hostage posters taped to some of the trees. A few days later, they were removed—maybe by the town or maybe by a neighbor. It made me sad. Images of fellow human beings stuck in dark Gaza tunnels were removed from those beautiful trees on that sunlit street. What a shame.
Ruth Kaplan served on the Brookline School Committee from 2003 to 2007 and was a Town Meeting member from 2002 to 2019. She is also former chair of the town’s Naming Committee.