Terror victim widow:"Anguish in every breath"

Adele Banita, widow of Aharon Benita who was murdered in a terror attack 12 months ago, described her situation in a Facebook post.

Yoel Domb,

Aharon Banita Bennett
Aharon Banita Bennett
Courtesy of the Bennett family

A year after the tragic murder of her husband in a terror attack in the Old City, Adele Banita, young widow of Aharon Banita, published a heartrending post on Facebook in which she described the difficult situation she has faced since the murder.

Aharon Banita, aged 22 and a private in an IDF haredi unit, was murdered in a cruel stabbing attack on Chol Hamoed Sukkot last year. His wife was seriously injured in the attack and Rabbi Nehemia Lavi, a Jewish resident of the Muslim Quarter who rushed to their aid, was also murdered. After the murder Adele described what had occurred during those horrific moments - how she had called to the Arab vendors nearby for help, running to them with a knife in her back while holding her baby, and they had spat at her while one even told her to "drop dead".

Banita wrote that "12 months have passed. How is it possible...it's illogical...when I woke up in the hospital and they came to tell me that Aharon had died, I was sure that I was in a dream and everything would work out, as I wouldn't be able to breathe for a month without him. Yet time passes and I continue to breathe, but how much pain and anguish there is in every breath."

Banita added that only her faith enabled her to adapt to her situation. "In this period I felt like a newborn baby who is learning to adapt to the world, a world of bereavement and loss and a life of struggle, a struggle of life over death, a struggle between despair and hope, between the wish to give up and the voice which cries: 'Their death gave us life.'"

"But actually faith gives one the strength to continue. The warm embrace we received from the people of Israel is not to be taken for granted, the feeling that 'happy are we that merit' to be part of the chosen nation and that this death was not in vain but a page in the history of a people fighting for the Holy Land and for their very existence. This inspires me and gives a deeper meaning to Aharon's death."