Armon Hanatziv ramming victim will carry flag at torch-lighting

Dana Ophir, injured in January 2017 attack in which 4 of her friends were murdered, returns to IDF and will participate in annual ceremony.

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Torch-lighting ceremony
Torch-lighting ceremony
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Among the IDF flag-bearers at the torch-lighting ceremony to be held on Wednesday at Har Herzl will be Lieutenant Dana Ophir, who was moderately to severely injured in the January 2017 car-ramming attack in the Armon Hanatziv neighborhood of Jerusalem.

Ophir suffered back injuries in the attack, and underwent extensive rehabilitation and was even confined to a wheelchair.

"I think it's impossible not to get excited in my situation, and I really am excited," the officer said in an interview with Channel 12. "It's a miracle that I'm here, I was saved by a few millimeters. I was at the scene of murder, I wasn’t able to stand on my feet.

"I received messages that evening, and I realized that I had lost four of my friends in the attack," she said. Second lieutenant Yael Yekutiel, deputy Shir Hajaj, deputy Shira Tzur and deputy Erez Orbach were murdered in the attack.

"Returning to the army was what motivated me to rehabilitate myself," added Ophir. "During the first week it was hard for me to handle the burden of rehearsals for the ceremony and I even cried, but I learned how to divide up the burdens, and the commander of the ceremony also helped me.”

"It's not easy to walk around Jerusalem in uniform and cross roads after what happened, but the goal is definitely worth it," the officer stressed.








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