Jerusalem (TPS) – An evening in memory of Dafna Meir, murdered by a Palestinian terrorist in her home in the community of Otniel a month ago, took place last night, bringing together Israel’s political left and right to honor a woman who all said was exceptional.
Meeting at the Gerard Behar Center in Jerusalem, Meir’s friends and family members spoke of a woman who worked as a nurse, raised six children, advised on fertility matters, argued with rabbis, liked obscene jokes, and managed to bring hope to everyone she met. “With my heart bleeding, I chose to make this evening an evening of hope, not of despair,” said her husband Nathan.
An unexpected speaker at an evening in memory of a woman who, in her own words, “each day chose to be religious, Jewish, living in a settlement” was Yariv Oppenheimer, general director of the left-wing Peace Now organization, who was invited to the event by Dafna’s husband Nathan. Oppenheimer had come to comfort the Meir family during the traditional seven-day mourning period and established a warm relationship with them.
“I first learned about Dafna from Facebook,” Oppenheimer said. “We were not friends, but when after the killing my Facebook feed became full of status updates with the pictures of her and words about her, I found myself not sleeping at night as I read and read. I read about a woman who many times went against the grain, who spoke about feminism, a woman’s body, adopted kids, all with courage, depth, and humor. She broke down the boundaries. She made all the definitions so common to our Israeli discourse—’settler,’ ‘religious,’ ‘left-wing,’ ‘right-wing’—irrelevant. Her work at the hospital gave her an almost divine ability to save the lives of everyone, no matter who he or she might be. She saw a human being in everyone.”