Posted by: Lister | January 16, 2009

Shuli Katz

Paul Kaye’s mother-in-law was killed by a Qassam rocket about 6 months ago. I assume she is the Shuli Katz listed by the Israel Project.

Kaye wrote a really moving article in the Guardian today:

Shuli, my wife’s mother, lived on Kibbutz Gvar-am, which lies 5km to the north of Gaza and 10km to the south of Ashkelon. She had been the kibbutz nurse until she retired and lately had worked part-time in the kibbutz factory making envelopes for the Salvation Army and Asda. In May last year she had been expecting a visit from a cousin who was over from America. The cousin had phoned to say that she was too frightened to come to Shuli’s kibbutz on account of a rocket landing in Ashkelon the previous day. “Don’t worry,” Shuli told her, “every missile has its own address. We’ll come to you instead.”

An hour later she arrived at the house where her cousin was staying. Her son, Yariv, rang the doorbell and while they waited for someone to answer, Shuli stepped away in order to get some shade next to a wall. The rocket came out of nowhere and she died instantly. None had landed in that area before. Only later did we find out that Shuli had rung her sister the night before her death and made her promise to look after her children if anything were to happen to her. It was beshert – meant to be.

What a horrible co-incidence.

At Shuli’s funeral last May, her son Jonathon, my brother-in-law, gave a speech. “Where are the doves?” he asked. “What is this land worth without someone with a vision? Nothing. Without doves it wasn’t worth the struggle.” Jonny is 34. He’s an army reservist who is studying to be a neurologist and has a two-year-old son called Boaz. He didn’t scream for blood at his mother’s graveside, he screamed for peace.



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