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Heartbroken in Hebron

Elie Wiesel receiving ‘Honorary Citizen of the City of Jerusalem award’ from Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat on 7 December 2015. Elie Wiesel receiving ‘Honorary Citizen of the City of Jerusalem award’ from Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat on 7 December 2015. (Photo: ASHERNET)

Once again, we are heartbroken in Israel. Last week a 13-year-old Jewish girl was murdered by a terrorist while she slept. A day later Rabbi Miki Mark, father of ten, was gunned down by terrorists as he was driving his wife and two of his children.

Both these terrorist acts occurred in the Hebron Hills, within a half-hour of my home, and left me feeling broken and stunned.

Yet, the world was silent.

The next day, Elie Wiesel, Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, passed away. A photograph surfaced showing the bizarre coincidence that when Miki Mark opened a new school, Elie Wiesel was a guest of honor at the dedication ceremony.

I wonder what Elie might have said about the anti-Semitic killing of Miki.

Actually, I know what he would say.

When Elie received the Nobel Prize he said: “Wherever men or women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must — at that moment — become the center of the universe.”

Today, the Hebron Hills are the center of my universe – I pray they are yours, too.

- Yonit Rothchild, IFCJ

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