On this Memorial Day for those killed in Israel’s wars and for its terror victims, Frimet Roth writes that we should remember the children.
I suggest we focus this Remembrance Day on the 129 Israeli children killed by Palestinian terrorists during the past thirteen years. The world is preoccupied with mourning Palestinian children and has forgotten the atrocities committed against Jewish children. We must remind them.
Malki left us only her writings and her art. They offer a glimpse into the soul of a sensitive, religious, idealistic, artistic and talented Israeli teen.
She kept a diary between September 2000 and June 2001. There, interspersed with long, involved accounts of school, Ezra (a youth organization in which she was a young leader) and family activities are the details of each terror attack perpetrated during those 10 months.
On April 29, she wrote:“I woke at 10. Levona and I went first to R.L.[a teacher] whose mother passed away last week (it is very sad because she is an only child, unmarried and has no father. She sat shiva alone!) She was in a very good state. Spoke a lot, told about her mother. Then we went to the Gerard Behar Center Library. We spent 6 hours there without food or drink!!! We finished biology. In the evening I went to a lecture given by Rav Elon with Shulamit, Leah, Efrat Shafir and Chen [her friends]. I didn’t exactly understand the lecture but it was fun. I met Zvi [her brother] there and we stayed for Arvit. “Sunday is now completed…”Then, apparently later and in a different colored pen, she added:“Aryeh Hershkowitz, may his death be avenged was shot dead a month ago. Now his son was shot dead near Ofra!!! Only the little brother can say Kaddish.”On the first page of her diary is a printed list of personal details:
Read the whole thing.
There is no pain like the pain of a parent who has G-d forbid lost a child. And that pain can only be worse when G-d forbid it hits like a thunderclap on a sunny day.
May G-d comfort the Roth’s and all of the families who are mourning loved ones today among all the mourners for Zion and Jerusalem, and may they know of no more sorrow.