Oren Almog today is blind.
On Saturday October 4th 2003 as the people of
Trondheim were probably deciding which of the beautiful attractions their city
had to offer them that day, Oren Almog would also have contemplated his day. It
would have been charged with excitement, worthy of any 11 year old boy. He lived thousands of miles away from
the land of the midnight sun and the pristine fjords of
Oren Almog was not blind that morning.
As the Almog’s were enjoying a family day at the beach another family in
Liran was not destined to reach his fourth birthday.
While the Almog's and Zer-Aviv’s were enjoying their days and the people of Trondheim were reveling in the stunning beauty of the Geiranger fjord, which UNESCO had named as a World Heritage site, sinister events were unfolding that would change Oren Almog’s life for ever.
Hanadi Jaradat a 29 year old female lawyer
from the Palestinian town of
On the Southern
end of the coastal town of
The gruesome events that took place that afternoon in
At 2 pm Hanadi Jaradat had been able to get past the male guard at the restaurant, who are sometimes reluctant to search women too thoroughly. She made her way to the center of the restaurant and detonated an explosive belt. At that instance Oren Almog was not only blinded by the blast, he lost two of his grandparents, his father, his brother and his cousin. The Zer-Aviv’s were all killed. Two families, three generations and 11 more innocent people killed. Sixty more were wounded.
Both the Almog and the Zer-Aviv family would make painful statements
“I'm trying to
figure out what kind of suffering we're going to go through in the future,
because as time goes by it will be more painful, (relative to the Almogs) .
"I don't have any grandchildren left," (Grandmother to the two Zer-Aviv children)
Compare this to the statement issued by Hanadi Jaradat’s father; “I will accept only congratulations for what she did. This was a gift she gave me, the homeland and the Palestinian people. Therefore, I am not crying for her. Even though the most precious thing has been taken from me."
Even more atrocious, is the constant media bias to
portray these mass murderers in some comparable human capacity to their innocent
victims. They are often depicted as
blameless victims, forced to take desperate measures. Any action
One needs to wonder why purposely blinding an eleven year old boy is never against the Geneva Convention. One needs to wonder why the UN, rotten and biased to the core would pass a resolution protecting Palestinian children, however would not adopt the same resolution to protect Israeli children.
For the seemingly pricey cost of defending itself
In recent years this has manifested
itself in any number of boycotts.
The most recent being the Trøndelag
County council in
One needs to ask
Oren Almog is 13
today and stands, not only as a testament to the resolve of the human spirit,
but is just one of the many reasons why Israel deserves its place as one of the
most innovative nations in the world today. Despite the tragic loss of most of
his family on that fateful Saturday afternoon he recently became the youngest
competitor to sail his own boat in the first world championship for blind
sailors that took place in
Oren said the following of his disability; "For the first time since I was injured, I understood that my challenge in life was not blindness, but sailing. Suddenly I understood that I could do everything even without seeing. I began hearing sounds I never heard before, to smell smells, to listen and to feel people. I discovered in myself forces I didn't know existed,"
Oren will never
be able to see the wonders of the Geiranger fjord for himself. Palestinian terrorism took care of that.
Many more Israeli children have lost limbs and have a prosthesis which in some
cases will deprive them of the thrill of learning to ski in the spectacular
The Norwegians are probably like most people that
live in areas of breathtaking beauty, prone to taking these wonders just a
little for granted. The mountains of
Maybe if a council member should fall victim to this usually harmless and temporary form of blindness they will give a thought to Oren.
Palestinian terrorism causes permanent blindness.
Angela Bertz –