This Israel Memorial Day, there will be many mourning the loved ones lost during the recent wave of terror. JNS reports on a Fellowship event ahead of Yom HaZikaron that allowed the families of terror victims to gather together in Jerusalem:
One of the bereaved parents who took part in Monday’s meeting in Jerusalem was Ofer Cohen, father of 19-year-old Border Police officer Hadar Cohen, who was shot and killed in a terrorist attack at Damascus Gate in February.
“My daughter took down the terrorist, saving lives. I won’t tell a lie, we have no comfort in the face of the great void Hadar left behind. The embrace of the people of Israel helps us deal with a difficult situation. We’re proud when we hear, for example, that four baby girls have already been named after her,” Ofer Cohen said.
Another participant was Capt. Ziv Shilon, who lost an arm to a bomb in the Gaza Strip in 2012.
“Great people in this country are dealing with great challenges. If we, the wounded, know how to overcome the little things, nothing will stop us,” Shilon said.
Rabbi Yehiel Eckstein, president and founder of The Fellowship, welcomed the participants and told them, “It’s important that every Israeli citizen feel the scope of the debt we owe you.”