Israeli Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Tzipi Hotovely, spoke on Tuesday at the Memorial Day ceremony of the Israeli embassy in London, which was held at JFS, the largest Jewish high school in Europe.
Hotovely chose to dedicate her remarks to the memory of the members of the Dee family, Maia, Rina and Lucy, who were murdered in a terrorist attack and who grew up in the Jewish community in London.
She noted the meeting she had with Lucy Dee's father and siblings who live in London. Lucy's father and her family members told Hotovely how, at every crossroads in their lives, they always preferred to choose a life of meaning over a life of comfort.
"The Dee family reminded us this year that we are one nation, and above all, of the right priorities in life," Hotovely said. "The choice to spend more time with the family over more work time, the choice to dedicate one's life to education - as Lucy's family testified that she would invest her time mainly in those children who had trouble in class."
"And the way Rabbi Dee spoke to the international media - to note the basic truth, that Israel is building and the terrorists seek to destroy and demolish the building. The parable of the castle in the sand that the girl builds and the boy destroys, while the media plays the role of the third parent who blames the girl for building the palace instead of seeing the simple truth that there are those who build and those who destroy, resonated here in Britain and around the world.In their death, they ordered us to be united. May their memory be for a blessing," concluded the Ambassador.