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Choosing Life in the Face of Terrorism

Rabbi Eckstein at event for families of terror victims, May 9, 2016 (Photo: Olivier Fitoussi)

With the months-long wave of terror that has stricken Israel and her people, too many families have been hit with tragedy. The Jerusalem Post's Lidar Gravé-Lazi reports on this week's event that brought together 50 families who have received guidance and assistance from The Fellowship and its caring supporters:

Natan Meir, whose wife Dafna was stabbed to death in a January terrorist attack outside the family home’s front door in Otniel with their children watching, says he nevertheless “chooses life.”

He made the remark at a Remembrance Day event in Jerusalem, hosted Monday evening by the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews attended by some 50 families of terrorism victims who were wounded or murdered since the beginning of the current wave of violence and who have received guidance and assistance from The Fellowship.

“It is the most difficult of all for us, the bereaved families,” Meir said. “The challenge is to choose life, and for this my children and I try to wake up every morning, even when we don’t want to – to choose life, this is our right and our duty, and we thank all those who help us in this path,” he said addressing the other bereaved families.

Ofer Cohen, the father of Border Policewoman Hadar Cohen, who was killed in a terrorist attack at Damascus Gate in Jerusalem in February, said he couldn’t believe that on Remembrance Day he would “speak as a father of a girl who gave her life for the state.”

“Today, when I know the details of the attack, I understand that I raised a unique soul. My daughter Hadar killed the terrorist while saving lives. The embrace of the people of Israel helps us to cope with this difficult situation – I won’t lie, we have no comfort in the face of the huge void left by Hadar, she was a fighter for the people of Israel but for us she was our little girl.

“We receive comfort when we hear, for example, that there have already been four girls named after her,” he said.

Captain Ziv Shilon, who was severely wounded and lost his arm in an explosion on the Gaza border in 2012, spoke of the need to comfort the wounded.

“Great people have to cope with great challenges in this country, and, if we, the wounded, know how to overcome the little things, nothing will stop us,” he said...

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