After the painful article about Dekel Swissa, I received many emails. This story touched all of our bleeding hearts. The heart that cannot contain the magnitude of this catastrophe.
One of the letters particularly touched me. It comes from a Jewish woman from the USA who is currently in Israel. Apparently she follows Israel Today’s English-language website.
She found me on Facebook and contacted me on Messenger.
And here is the whole message:
I can’t stop crying since I read your article about Dekel. I am his adoptive mother from Atlanta, USA. He lived with my family for 6 months before joining the army. I am here in Israel and Dekel visited us a week ago before this terrible war. My daughter lives here in Ramat Beit Shemesh and we were informed of his death by his friend Itai, who spent a year doing volunteer service with him in Atlanta. We have been crying for two days waiting for the news about the funeral. After reading your article, I thought that maybe we should go see Gila and Moshe, if only to hug them. Would that be okay? Is there already a date for the funeral? Is there something they need? Can we bring something with us? We are deeply shocked. No words, just tears. He was such a pure, sweet soul!
The news speaks for itself and shows what kind of person Dekel was, who, before being drafted, decided to make a contribution of his time and went to the USA for a year of volunteer service, where he lived with an adoptive family.
There he promoted Israel.
My son Elad, who is in the south, asked me to find photos of Dekel and the two of them together. I sat there all evening looking through all the photos I had and sending them to him.
He won’t be able to come to the funeral because the army won’t exempt him from his duty. That’s why he said goodbye to Dekel by making a collage of photos and writing a few farewell words.
The photo above shows so much about their friendship.
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