Yesterday, whilst the nation celebrated Gilad Shalit’s return home to Israel and to the safety of his family, One Family opened its doors to the thousands around the country that found it hard to cope with the reality that their loved ones would never return.
From the many notes we received, I wanted to share just one with you.
Dear One Family and all of my friends,
Today, we see our own impossible dream being lived out by the Shalit family, as they welcome home Gilad. And the permanence and emptiness of our losses are reinforced.
Nobody from the Israeli government has reached out to us since the list of prisoners to be released was publicized. We went onto Google to find the website of the Israel Prisons Service, and there we had to search through an online list of 477 names, which were not even in alphabetical order, to see if the murderer of our beautiful daughter Ahuva, of blessed memory, was there. Ahuva was a 30-year-old lawyer, and a mother of two.
There we saw his name. Number 127 on the list. Nizar Delize Hader Muhammed.
Today, our murderer was freed. He has been pardoned by our President. He is now home in Gaza.
Today, we are at the One Family Center in Jerusalem.The loved ones of victims of terror gathered together to watch the drama unfold on screen – sharing together our pain, our grief, our anger, our sense of being forgotten, our feeling of injustice and our broken hearts.
Just being there together has already made our load a little easier to bear, and this recurring nightmare a tiny bit more digestible.
Being able to come into the warm welcome, the understanding and supporting love of One Family’s professional team, who know each of us so well and who connect with our pain so intimately, is a life saver and a gift that saves each of us from drowning in the trauma and pain of our loss.
Thank you for your support throughout our never-ending journey of grief and survival. Thank you for bringing One Family into our lives, and with it, allowing the sunshine to peep out from behind the darkest clouds of our bereavement.
With love, from
Dan and Yehudit Davidovicz
Beit Meir, Israel
Parents of Ahuva Amergi, of blessed memory, who was murdered on February 18, 2002 at the Kissufim junction.