The Perfect Place to Remember Hila Betzaleli

"Sataf is Hila, it symbolizes everything beautiful in Israel. Hila loved nature and the land,

December 3, 2013 09:09
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The Perfect Place to Remember Hila Betzaleli

"Sataf is Hila, it symbolizes everything beautiful in Israel. Hila loved nature and the land, this is the perfect place to remember her. Sometimes life hits you like a sudden storm on a clear day, and when that happens, you know that nothing will ever be the same again. Gestures like this give us the strength to go on." Sigalit Betzaleli, Hila's mother, was speaking at a ceremony that took place on Wednesday, November 27, dedicating an outdoor exercise area at KKL-JNF's Sataf Springs site in the Judaen Hills. The audience included family, friends and soldiers who served with Hila.

Lieutenant Hila Bezaleli served as an IDF officer in the Medical Division of the Jordan Valley Brigade until her tragic death on April 18, 2012.  Hila had dreamed of becoming a doctor, and since she was one of the most outstanding medics in the army, she was chosen to participate in the Independence Day ceremonies at Mount Herzl. On that fateful day on Mount Herzl, during preparations for the ceremony, a faulty light fixture snapped and fell, killing Hila and injuring many others.

Sigalit spoke straight from her heart: "A few days after Hila was so senselessly killed, there was a ceremony in her memory on Mount Herzl, and when it was over, someone I never met before came up to me and introduced himself as KKL-JNF World Chairman Efi Stenzler. He said that he wanted to do something to commemorate Hila. We didn't have to do anything, KKL-JNF took care of everything. There isn't so much light in our lives now, but the many kind people who embrace us from every direction are like beacons of light for us."

KKL-JNF Director General Meir Spiegler said that KKL-JNF decided to commemorate Hila at one of its most-visited sites. "Sataf is a nature site, and nature is eternal - it was here, it is here and it will be here. It is an honor for KKL-JNF to be a partner to remembering such a unique person, and I can assure you that we will make certain that this site will always be a maintained in a manner that honors Hila," Spiegler concluded.

Read more about the memorial for Hila Betzaleli at Sataf Springs

For further information, comments or permission please contact
Ahuva Bar-Lev
KKL-JNF – Information and Publications
Phone: 972-2-6583354 Fax:972-2-6583493

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