While Israel has sadly known many terrorist attacks throughout its history, October 7th, 2023 was possibly the darkest day in the country's history. On "Simchat Torah" - a Jewish holiday - thousands of terrorists invaded the country from the Gaza Strip and indiscriminately murdered nearly1500 people. In addition, hundreds of people were kidnapped into Gaza by the terrorists and subjected to horrendous torture and abuse.
The death toll included over 250 young people partying at an outdoor music festival who were brutally murdered in a targeted military attack. At the same time throughout Israeli communities on the Gaza border, terrorists broke into family homes and murdered dozens of babies in their cribs, while parents were tortured and murdered in front of their children and children were tortured and murdered in front of their parents. Many more horrible crimes against humanity were committed.
Long Lasting Effects of Terror
Each of the thousands of victims leave behind families, while thousands more were injured in the attacks. In addition, many of the first responders and medical workers involved afterwards were severely traumatized by the horrendous scenes. With even experienced forensic examiners breaking down emotionally at the terrible sights. Both the survivors with their physical injuries and the first responders and medical workers, who have a high risk of developing severe PTSD, need our care and support.
Helping to Heal
Years of research have shown that dedicated organised trips for victims of terror yield a number of significant benefits. Many of the victims lack the financial means to go on vacation - especially as physical and mental disabilities may hamper their ability to work. Sponsored trips also help show the victims of terror that there is still good in the world as others are willing to help them. Finally, organised trips with psychological support give an opportunity to create a support group alongside others who have gone through a similar experience.
The Jewish tradition teaches us that the only way to beat darkness is by creating light. Kosher Scotland is committed to organising a yearly all-expenses paid trip for Israeli victims of terror. We ask for your financial support to help make this commitment a reality.
On October 8th, one day after the vicious terror attack, Kosher Scotland's Director Adam was called up to the front lines of the Gaza border. As a former soldier in the IDF, Adam was called to reserve duty in a search unit operating on the border. Adam is dedicated to supporting the survivors and making sure that the memory of the victims will not be forgotten.