MEIR DIMRI 311.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
The heart attack Meir Dimri suffered on Tuesday saved his life on Saturday night
when a rocket hit the garage near his small Beersheba home.
Rocket attacks on South will continue
projectile lodged in the pavement between his home and a neighbor’s.
intercepts more than 15 rockets this weekend
destroyed a small makeshift garage, shattered the windows in both houses, left
pock marks on the walls and killed his dog Ze’ev.
But it did not harm
Dimri or his wife who that night was with him in the hospital, where he was
recovering from his heart attack.
On Sunday, Dimri, 56, sat on the sofa
in his living room, and spoke with The Jerusalem Post about his new lease on
The gray-haired man wore a white knitted skullcap, a vanilla
button-down shirt, trousers and Crocs.
“It was a miracle,” he said in a
soft voice. He added that he struggled to say those words knowing that others in
the city, and even on his street, were less lucky than his family.
was killed in Beersheba.
And the son of a neighbor lost his leg,” Dimri
The father of five said that only two of his children still live at
home, and both were also out that night.
The youngest, Kobi, 18, left the
house to get a pizza 10 minutes before the missile struck.
neighbors who told the family that their home had been damaged, Dimri
First they called his children and one of his brothers, then he and
his wife began getting calls at the hospital, he said.
He wiped away
tears as he talked about the attack and of the loss of his dog, who he said was
so smart that he almost seemed to understand people when they spoke.
would say the word ‘food’ and he would bring me his dog dish in his mouth,”
And on Friday night he would gather with the family as they
said the blessing over wine, and would only leave the room once the bread had
been blessed and he had received a piece of halla, Dimri recalled.
damage to their home was so severe, that until it is repaired the family will
have to stay at a hotel or with relatives, he said.
But once the damage
is repaired, Dimri intends to return to his home and to the city where he grew
Although it is impossible to live in Beersheba without being afraid
of the missiles from Gaza, there is no choice but to continue, he
“Where else would I go?” Dimri asked.
His story was not the
only close call of the last two days in Beersheba.
On Sunday morning, a
missile hit the roof of a highschool gym. It shattered windows, took off a small
piece of siding and slammed through a concrete roof into a bathroom.
left a gapping hole in the bathroom roof and in the floor below.
gym, rows of plastic seats were covered with dust and heavy with shards of
“Fortunately, there were no injuries,” Deputy Mayor Heftziba Zohar
In advance of the opening of the school year on September 1, around
200 of the school’s 700 students should have been milling around the
No one was there, Zohar said, because the city had canceled
educational activities in light of the missile attacks that Gazans have been
firing at the South since Thursday.