Many Israelis have suffered violence, and there are few in the country who have not been touched, either directly or indirectly, by the phenomenon of Palestinian terrorism.
Most terror attack elicit anger and sorrow, but are rather quickly forgotten. One of the attacks that continues to make headlines years after it occurred is the 2010 stabbing of Messianic Israeli tour guide Kay Wilson and her visiting Christian friend, Kristine Luken.
Most of our readers are already familiar with the story, but here is a quick recap for those who aren't:
Kristine Luken, who worked in Messianic ministry, came to Israel to visit Wilson and other friends in December 2010. On December 18, Wilson and Luken went for a hike through the picturesque hills south of Jerusalem. While hiking they came across two Palestinian Arab men who bound, stabbed and left both women for dead. Luken did indeed die of her wounds, but Wilson, despite being stabbed 17 times, survived the attack and was able to drag herself to a nearby public park and call for help.
On the two-year anniversary of the attack, many Israeli media outlets did stories on Wilson and the trials she has faced since losing her friend and whatever of her own innocence remained on that terrible December day.
Israel's Ma'ariv newspaper did a full expose (Hebrew) focusing primarily on Wilson's struggles with the national insurance company following the attack. (Israeli victims of terror are entitled to special insurance payments while they deal with the physical and emotional aftermath)
Wilson told the newspaper that she continues to suffer physical pain from the stab wounds that tore through her lungs, as well as the ongoing emotional trauma that has left her bereft of strength to return to her day job.
The article also revealed that some time after the attack, someone mailed Luken's bloody clothes to her family in the US. "This act hurt [the Luken family] terribly," said Wilson. "They have not recovered from it."
Ma'ariv noted that Wilson was recently forced to confront her would-be killers in court, and asked if she was fearful that they would one day be released.
"Of course," replied Wilson, pointing out that Israel often releases jailed Palestinian terrorists as part of "goodwill gestures" made under international pressure.
The left-leaning Ha'aretz newspaper also spent a day with Wilson, and learned that countering the tremendous evil of that day in the hills outside Jerusalem had been many instances of unparalleled kindness in the days and months that followed.
Wilson recalled that the first person to visit her in the hospital following the attack was an Arab bus driver with whom she had often worked. He gave her a ring inscribed with "Shema Israel" - the biblical prayer Wilson had recited when she was being stabbed. She wears that ring to this day.
In an interview with Israel National Radio last year Wilson chronologically revisited the attack. Click here to hear the whole harrowing tale in Wilson's own words. (Wilson's interview begins mid-way through the recording)
Kay Wilson's brush with death has, in her own words, infused her with even more life, and a deeper love for God and Israel. But she continues to live with both the physical and emotional scars of her experience, and should be remembered in prayer.