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Ten Years Later, Emotional Reunion For Families: Victimized By Park Hotel Terror Attack

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

NETANYA – “The expression ‘time heals all wounds’ is simply not true, even a decade after the Pesach terror attack at the Park Hotel,” Batya Weinberg, a caseworker for the OneFamily organization said on the eve of last week’s 10th anniversary memorial gathering of victims and families who were directly affected by the atrocity.

The attack, which killed 30 and wounded 140, galvanized the Jewish state at the height of the Second Intifada. The day after the massacre, the IDF launched Operation Defensive Shield, a full-scale anti-terrorism operation in the Palestinian-controlled areas of Judea and Samaria.

More than a hundred victims and their families returned to the Netanya hotel for a memorial gathering and therapy session within the framework of the ongoing treatment and care provided by OneFamily.

“The trauma and the yearning for lost family members remains,” Weinberg told The Jewish Press. “At the annual yahrzeits some people cry as if the tragedy occurred yesterday. It’s hard for some of them to deal with their losses, especially in the case of a child. A widow or widower can remarry and repair part of the pain but there is no replacement for a dead child.”

During last week’s memorial service, which was attended by Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger, the OneFamily Bereaved Fathers Choir sang verses from Tehillim, while relatives of the victims lit memorial candles for their loved ones.

Corrine Hamami, the widow of Amiram Hamami, the manager of the hotel who was killed in the attack, spoke about her determination to keep the hotel open despite the serious physical and psychological hurdles.

“Overnight I found myself alone with six children. I didn’t want to get out of bed, but I found strength in my family and decided then that the terrorists would not defeat us,” she said.

“Returning to the Park Hotel is an integral part of the healing and rehabilitation of the victims, offering them the opportunity to remember and display their resilience in the face of such tragedy,” noted OneFamily founder and chairman Marc Belzberg. “We will continue to support the victims into the next decade, for as long as they need us.”

Several Park Hotel families have provided comfort to the families victimized in the recent terror attack in Toulouse, France.

“Even though every tragedy returns people to the same moment, it’s also important for them to provide strength to one another,” said Weinberg. “OneFamily provides the moral, social and economic framework for the victims to piece their lives back together again, no matter how long it might take.”

Park Hotel Terror Victims Return to the Scene of Horror to Heal

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

Ten years after the Second Intifada’s deadliest terror attack in which 30 people were killed and 140 injured at Seder night dinner in the Park Hotel, more than hundred victims and their families returned to the Netanya hotel for a memorial gathering and therapy session, part of their ongoing treatment and care at the OneFamily organization.

At the memorial service, attended by Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger, the OneFamily Bereaved Fathers Choir sang verses from the Book of Psalms, Yair Hamami, whose father, the manager of the Park Hotel Amiram, was killed in the attack, recited the Kaddish prayer, and relatives of the victims lit memorial candles for their loved ones.

Amiram’s widow, Corrine Hamami, spoke about her determination to keep the hotel open despite the serious psychological barriers that lay in front of her: “Overnight I found myself alone with six children, I didn’t want to get out of bed, but I found strength in my family, I decided then that the terrorists would not defeat us”.

Dalia Falistian, whose parents were killed in the attack, was left completely alone in the world: “I had no other family, until a OneFamily representative came to visit me during my week of mourning. They became my family…”

OneFamily founder and Chairman Marc Belzberg says that “returning to the Park Hotel is an integral part of the healing and rehabilitation of the victims, offering them the opportunity to remember and display their resilience in the face of such tragedy..”

Over the last 10 years, OneFamily, recipient of the 2011 Presidential Citation for Volunteerism, has effected the rehabilitation of thousands of Israel’s 17,000 victims of terror. The organization provides material and rehabilitative support to anyone who has been bereaved, injured and/or recognized as suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. They offer a tailor-made blend of financial assistance, therapeutic programs, legal assistance, personal encouragement and moral support.

It began after Chantal and Marc Belzberg’s then-12-year-old daughter decided to donate her Bat Mitzvah gifts to the victims of the 2001 Sbarro suicide bomb. Today, the organization employs 37 professionals and almost 750 volunteers in four centers around Israel. OneFamily, with the help of friends and supporters around the world, aims to assure continuity of care for terror victims into the next decade and beyond.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/uncategorized/park-hotel-terror-victims-return-to-the-scene-of-horror-to-heal/2012/03/29/

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