Consider the victims when thinking of terrorism

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

To the editor:
My cousin Nadav was shot two weeks ago in the terrorist attack at the Marcaz Harav Jewish seminary in Jerusalem.

It was a school he had worked hard to gain acceptance to. It was only three weeks into his first semester, and he was basking in the opportunity to study at a preeminent house of learning. Although just a teenager, Nadav had always been committed to rigorous study.

On the day of the attack, Nadav was reading in the library. He was planning on going to a party that night to celebrate the upcoming Jewish holiday of Purim.

When the terrorist entered the school, Nadav was still in the library. He was shot in his chest and ankle with an AK-47 assault rifle at close range.

Like most Israelis, Nadav’s parents found out about the attack while watching the news. To their horror, as they watched the boys being carried out in stretchers, they saw their 14-year-old son being loaded into an ambulance. Nadav turned 15 in the hospital between surgeries removing the shrapnel lodged inside of him.

I know many students walked by the memorial on campus for the eight students who were killed in that attack. I want to thank every one of you who took a moment to read a little bit about those who lost their lives on that horrible day.

All of the talk about the events in the Middle East can become overwhelming, but it is critical to remember terrorism affects the lives of real people.

My family in Israel is thankful for all of the friends and family who are praying for Nadav’s speedy recovery. I too am praying that Israelis can one day live in the peace and security that we enjoy here every day.
"Ayelet Klaczkowski
MOS Finance IV

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