Some 3,500 Israeli children who are victims of terror attacks celebrated the festival of Hanukkah in the capital Tuesday evening at a special candle lighting ceremony sponsored by Hadassah Children’s Hospital.
The young terror victims were greeted by clowns, musicians and other entertainers at Jerusalem’s Cinema City complex before lighting the third Hanukkah candle, the NRG news website reported.
Among the event’s participants were 3-year-old Tahal Sofer, who sustained burn injuries when Palestinian assailants hurled firebombs at her family’s car near the West Bank settlement of Beit El in October.
Also in attendance was 13-year-old Naor Ben-Ezra, who was critically injured when two Palestinian teenagers stabbed him as he rode his bike in Jerusalem’s Pisgat Ze’ev neighborhood in October.
Both Sofer and Ben-Ezra were treated in Hadassah’s pediatric wing.
“My own Hanukkah miracle is that I am here, alive,” Ben-Ezra told reporters. “Hadassa brought me back to life, and so today I light the candles with a great deal of excitement.”
Prof. Eitan Kerem, director of Hadassah’s children ward said his staff initiated the event to cheer up the young victims for the holiday.
“We are with you always, not only when it hurts,” Kerem said, noting the hospital’s 100-year legacy of treating children in need.
“We all march together, because together, we are all one great light,” he said referencing a popular Hanukkah song.