My open letter to the family of the murdered British Christian, Hannah Bladon, which appears in Israel Hayom ישראל היום
As a British-born Israeli Jewish tour guide, I endured a similar experience to your Hanna, but lived to tell the tale. In 2010, when guiding an American Christian, we were accosted by two Palestinian terrorists. They found my Israeli ID and minutes later, my client Kristine Luken, was dead. When I faced the terrorists in court, I learned that she was brutally murdered for mistaken identity – the terrorists assumed she was Jewish too.
The death of Kristine and Hanna are intertwined. Both women came to meet our people. Both came to learn our language and both came to explore our land. Yet both were murdered for mistaken identity. How unfathomable it is that they are now inscribed on the annals of our history.
Since the terror attack, I have been telling my story all over the world, educating people about Israel. I tell of our democracy that saw to it that it was an Israeli Arab Muslim surgeon who saved my life. Yet, I also speak of the incitement in the Palestinian Authority that teaches its children that Jews are pigs and monkeys and unworthy of life. I tell of the financial incentive that the Palestinian Authority gives to its people, a corrupt leadership that rewards incarcerated terrorists with monthly salaries, monies given to them by western taxpayers.
I also speak for those no longer with us, those who have been senselessly and brutally murdered because they were Jewish – or assumed to be as such.
Next time I tell my story, Hanna will be foremost in my mind.
May you find comfort, may Hanna rest in peace and may G-d avenge her blood.