800 run in memory of 4-year-old terror victim

Israelis from all over the country come to Samaria to participate in memory of 4-year-old Adele Biton, murdered in rock-throwing attack.

Gary Willig ,

Adele race
Adele race
Meir Barachia

Over 800 people from all over the country took part Thursday in the first "Adele race" held in Samaria in memory of Adele Biton. The race is one of the activities of the Adal organization, established by Adele's mother in her child's memory.

Adele was 2 years old when Arab terrorists threw rocks at her parents' car, causing the vehicle to spin out of control and collide with a truck. Adele was badly injured in the attack. She remained semi-comatose for months following the attack, and never fully recovered from her injuries.

Adele passed away in 2015 at the age of 4 from a lung infection which arose due to the neurological damage she sustained in the rock-throwing attack and her lowered immunological system..

The Adal organization, which was established following Adele's death, assists families whose relatives were killed in tragic circumstances, and not only from hostilities.

The race was attended by families from all over the country who experienced the loss of a loved one, along with many runners who came to join them. The race began at the site where Adele was critically wounded in the rock-throwing attack.

Adele's mother, Adva Biton, said: "I was very moved by this event, [and I experienced] great sadness and joy. On the one hand there is sadness from standing where my daughter Adele was hurt, [and on the other hand] I am happy to see how much vibrant life there is in this same spot."

"We started here with something powerful that will only grow - for other families, for people who need this support and who joined us yesterday, and who saw how important this could be for them and how much strength they received from this show of support."

The head of the Samaria Regional Council, Yossi Dagan, said: "This race sanctifies life and comes to give strength to families who have lost their most precious possession ... This unprecedented initiative to strengthen these families comes from Samaria and it is impossible not to admire the strength that this family has to grow and to give to others - even while it suffers its own pain."