Israel’s unknown heroes
Op-ed: Terror victims who moved on with their lives are unknown, forgotten heroes of Israel
There are the maimed military heroes. Some have no legs. Others have no arms. Some are blind. Others suffer from burns all over their bodies. Many have been tortured. Today they work in banana fields and teach at universities. They are architects, writers, lawyers, artists, members of Knesset. Formerly, they were pilots, paratroopers, artillery officers and jeep drivers. Most of Israel’s 24 Paralympians incurred their disabilities while serving in the IDF. But most important are the civilian survivors of terror attacks.
'We won't stop dancing'
I remember a security guard at the Kiryat Hayovel supermarket who nearly lost his legs; an Australian-born policeman who lost a leg in Neveh Ya’acov; a girl with shrapnel lodged in her brain from the double bombing at the Ben-Yehuda pedestrian mall; a boy who lost his eyesight at Haifa’s Maxim restaurant.
We can offer only our love and concern, our prayers and practical help. But we know that the spirit of the Jewish people and life itself inevitably triumphs over cackling, hate-filled mothers who pathetically send their own children out to murder Jews and die. Israel won't be destroyed.
Giulio Meotti, a journalist with Il Foglio, is the author of the book A New Shoah: The Untold Story of Israel's Victims of Terrorism