Monday, November 24, 2014

Arab Terror Victims, Family and Friends, The Wound/Scar That Never Heals

Yesterday, Rosh Chodesh Kislev was the yartzeit, the Jewish Calendar anniversary of the killing/death of our Betar friend, Eli Solomon, HaY"D, 41 years ago. That death and the one of another Betar friend, Chuck Chaim Hornstein, HaYa"D, in the early moments of the 1973 Yom Kippur War brought us swiftly and brutally into the family"club" of Israeli bereaved.

At Mount Herzl Military Cemetery, where Eli and Chuck are buried.

At Mount Herzl Military Cemetery, where Eli and Chuck are buried.
Our Betar friends have established the annual visit to their graves as an important event to perpetuate friendship, which always impresses the young soldiers assigned to augment the minyan.

Just under a decade later, we got another "membership card" with the brutal murder of Aaron Gross, HaYa"d, in Hebron. I know his parents, grandparents (li'ilu'i nishmatam) and even some aunts and uncles, and now I also know some of his siblings.

Moshe Kenan, father of Avihu HaYa"D, who was killed in a badly planned IDF operation. Moshe has been  organizing events to memorialize Avihu, ever since the killing. Here he is speaking at the grave in the Shiloh Cemetery.

Over the years, the decades since, more and more people I've known have been murdered. I couldn't even attempt to list them all. Every family deals with death differently, some more publicly and others more privately. But the scars remain embedded forever.

In Shiloh our cemetery was inaugurated/established immediately after Rachella Druk's murder.

 Shiloh Cemetery with Rachella Druk's grave in foreground

We had never thought that it would be Rachella, HaYa"D, the young mother of seven, who would be the first to be buried in modern Shiloh. Since then, so many others, terribly younger and older than her have joined her in the cemetery. Those who are terror victims are all younger. Rachella, who so loved children, no doubt cares for them in Olam Haba, the Next World.

Just barely a week ago was the Har Nof Massacre, when fathers, grandfathers, sons, brothers, uncles, cousins and friends were murdered by Arab terrorists. There are still victims fighting for their lives in the hospital. Even if they survive, their scars will be both physical and mental. Their families and friends will have to learn to cope with, live with new realities. The community/neighborhood of Har Nof is now learning to deal with the fact that they are the front line.

Nobody is immune. No city or neighborhood is immune, whether in Israel or outside of the Holy Land.

Antisemitism, today's Nazism must be recognized and fought with every weapon possible. That is the only way to stop it.


Anonymous said...

It's really sad that it took this terrible multiple murder in Har Nof for Jews to fully internalise the fact that they are killing us because we are Jewish and not because we are settlers, (standing at a trempiada so what do you expect). Often it is explicitly stated, but even when not,it is so often implied.

Batya said...

There have been many terror attacks far from YESHA with resulting casualties and deaths. Our enemies don't distinguish between Tel Aviv Jew/Israel and Hebron Jew/Israeli. We shouldn't either.

Eli4Short - Yisraelit said...

The key, as you say, is recognition and so far this looks so much like the 1930s when denial and appeasement ruled the world.

Batya said...

Gd willing it won't take more deaths.