Israel the small shining diamond of the Middle East ..
The small beautiful democratic state is surronded by enemies and suffers regularly from terror attack and wars. Hamas, Hezbollah, Daesch etc ..all are united with one goal to destroy the small state at the Mediterranean sea.
In addition to the numerous wars that Israel has endured in her short existance, there are also many terror – and rocket attacks. Thanks to the IDF and the high technology Israel has won wars and could repel many rocket attacks. But this requires a high human toll.
Many soldiers and civilians paid the highest price, their lives … many, even too many others continues to pay untill this day .. They are permanently disabled, physically, mentally, or a combination of both.
Last week I was in Israel. Nati Hakshur, who was seriously injured in a rocket attack in his hometown of Beersheva in 2011, –he lost one leg and the other leg suffered a heavy loss of function– . proposed to give a tour to the rehabilitation center Beit Halohem in Tel Aviv.
We went there and immidiately noticed what a beautiful building it is with a beautiful garden. As we walked in we entered into an upscale art gallery. paintings, sculptures, mosaics .. beautiful expressions of art .. In nothing it looked like a cold and chilly rehabilitation centre as we know them..
The short movie that we saw told us about the purpose of Beit Halohem. It is a rehabilitation center for wounded veterans and civilians who have been injured by terror. There are 5 in Israel. In Beer Sheva, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa and Ashdod. Unique is that not only the affected persons are welcome, but also their family, spouse, children beause disability affects the whole family. This moment there are about 50,000 “members” but unfortunately, this number will not be stable, because as long as there is no peace, there will be casualties.
We were given a tour and were amazed.. all activity you can think of , arts, dance, music, extreme sports, Olympic sports..everything is possible… honestly it looks more like an upscale country club than a cold rehabilitation center .. All sports are practiced all .. really .. there is an Olympic sized pool, tennis courts , shooting practicing places,, halls where goalball <visually impaired> is practiced. Wheelchair basketball, dancing etc etc etc .. A wonderful opportunity for hydrotherapy physiotherapy rooms .. etc ..
Olympic athletes train there for the Paralympic Games but the best is that the people will experience that there is still hope for each one of them.. Hope of life after everything seemed to be destroyed. When they thought their life was over, that there is no possibility to regain your place in society.. they see and feel and experience there are chances and Hope.. Newcomers are accompanied by “old hands” and show that it is possible to live.. that love is stronger then terror. I rarely saw such a motivating and stimulating environment. How wonderful to see people walking around generally having a laugh on their face. Feeling part of one big family. Also they organize trips that are paid for by donations. Those are very welcome !!!! Please klick here to Donate!
It’s so much worth it to visit this place. To see and feel what life is , to see everything in perspective to be proud of Israel ..
And of course after visiting this Paradise of Hope for those most affected by terror and war, we applaud extra for the Paralympic athletes of Israel in Rio de Janeiro
Am Yisrael chai