A voice for our children

A timely and most poignant blog by Rolene Marks. I am pleased to share it with you.

Roro's Rantings

The summer school holidays in Israel should be a time of lazy morning lie-ins, fun with friends and driving parents crazy trying to find activities for their children to do.

For sweet Hallel Yaffa Ariel, asleep in her bed, this was not the case.  Last week her safe sanctuary, the one place that was sacred, was brutally invaded when a 17 year old terrorist broke into her room and stabbed her multiple times. She passed away from her wounds. Hallel was just 13 years old.


Hallel Yaffa Ariel, z”l

Raised on a steady diet of hate, from breast to school, her murderer was glorified as a martyr by his mother who celebrated his act of terror. “My son is a hero. He made me proud. My son died as a Martyr defending Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque. …Allah willing, all of them will follow this path, all the youth of…

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Tricia Schwitzer

What you see and what you read is what you get, says Tricia. Expat Anglo living in Tel Aviv with her lovely Israeli husband (now there's a novel in the making) and their two naughty black cats. She made Aliya on 9/11 - the date she shares with another life-changing though far more tragic event. In her pre-Aliya days, she was a company director and procurement, sourcing and marketing professional, and catalogue product editor. Long distance mum to grown up (debatable at times) Ric and Nic, Tricia often travels to Manchester for a good old dose of stress and a quick nip round Marks and Sparks. Formerly an assistant editor of the organisation mag, and deputy chairperson of two divisions, Tricia, a pro-active executive member, now holds the portfolio for special projects in the office of the chairperson of World WIZO, the international Zionist women's organisation whose focus is the betterment of Israeli society. She produces a newsletter, marketing material and content for social media sites. She is staunchly Zionist, totally honest, somewhat irreligious and highly principled. Some may say she is politically incorrect, but Tricia believes in fairness and transparency and adheres to the 'do as you would be done by' rule of thumb.

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