Terror Survivor: “Living in a Situation Where You Just Can’t Relax”

The Fellowship  |  October 29, 2015

Terror survivors holding a piece of paper together while smiling at the camera.
Terror Survivor: "We're Living in a Situation Where You Just Can't Relax"

Revi, 38, was wounded in an ambush as she was driving on the road between Jerusalem and her home – which is located in the town of Tekoa in the Judean Mountains.

Driving on the winding road, Revi suddenly saw a group of 10 Palestinians who were standing on the road throwing rocks. “I saw one of them in front of me, and he was holding a very large rock,” she said. “I wasn’t sure if my windshield was reinforced or not. I didn’t know what to do, so I decided to turn around and drive the opposite way. But they threw rocks and broke my rear windshield.

“I had no choice but to stop the car,” Revi continued. “One of them ran up to the car and tried to drag me out. He opened the door and began kicking me. I begged him to stop. Somehow I managed to close the door and lock it. I just put my foot on the gas and drove to the IDF checkpoint, which was about 200 yards away,” she said. “The soldiers hadn’t seen what was going on because the road is curved and we were out of view.”

Revi waited at the barricade until an ambulance came to take her to Sha’are Zedek medical center in Jerusalem. “I was miraculously saved from an attempted lynch,” said Revi. “I saw death before my eyes.”

After being released from the medical center, Revi still experiences trauma and her sense of security is gone, which makes her feel vulnerable: “I’m in constant fear. I don’t know how I’m going to go on and continue living in Tekoa,” she said.

Thankfully, Fellowship staff member Reuven Cohen went to Revi’s home and delivered a $1,000 grant to Revi and her husband.

“I’m so grateful for this assistance. You don’t know how much it means to me. Right now I need all the help I can get. It’s going to take a long time before I get over this fear. We’re living in a situation where you just can’t relax. I want to thank Rabbi Eckstein and all of the donors for caring about us. Thank you!”