I felt terrified entering the McDonald’s. An armed guard in full military gear stood at the door, holding an Uzi — a fully automatic machine gun. It was 2004, in Tel Aviv, Israel. The second intifada, or uprising, was ongoing and there had been a recent bombing at a restaurant popular with Americans. The guard was hired to make patrons feel safer, but his presence had the opposite effect. It felt like a war zone. Empty tables told me I was not alone in this feeling. I just left.
In Fells Point, police dressed in military gear fuel a sense of unease
July 14, 2023