Today marks the fourth anniversary of the horrific Palestinian terror attack on my friend, Kay Wilson, and her friend, Kristine Luken. Kay survived, somehow; Kristine, a Christian, did not.
Their attackers targeted them because they were looking to kill Jews. Ironically, Kristine was a person who exhibited Christian love, yet because of mistaken identity, she was brutally stabbed and murdered.
I think, though, that of the many lessons in this story, there are two things that come to my mind:
•Kristine and Kay are the best examples of genuine love between Jews and Christians, who today fight a common enemy. Even in the Holocaust, there were a few Christians — “Righteous Gentiles”—who refused to turn over Jews to the Nazi barbarians. As a Christian, I love Jews simply because I do. There is no other agenda. They are a noble people, often besieged, but personal commitment to them is lasting.
•Kay Wilson, an Israeli, exemplifies power…the right kind of power. If I may say it this way, Kay symbolizes the good version of The Triumph of the Will. She doesn’t hate, she works for reconciliation and understanding. And she, slight of build and forever wearing scars from her attack, is also tough and undefeated.
Just like the Jewish people.
Below is an account of the day that changed two women forever. Hopefully, it will change many more, for we must understand our enemy and meet him on a multi-front war. Civilization is under attack, but ultimately, as a Christian, I believe Good will triumph over evil.
Here’s to Kay and Kristine!
“ISRAEL CHOOSES LIFE: Four years ago today Israeli tour guide Kay Wilson and her American Christian friend Kristine Luken were brutally attacked with machetes by Palestinian terrorists. During the course of the attack Kay stabbed her attacker with her small knife. She then played dead and despite 13-machete wounds and 30 broken bones, she walked a mile, gagged and bound until she found help. His blood on her knife lead to the capture of a 13-man Palestinian terror cell who confessed to the murder of Kristine simply because they thought she was Jewish.
“Today Kay’s story could have been one of bitterness. Instead, it is one of hope. She now shares her story worldwide as a speaker for StandWithUs:
‘My survival is a testimony to where hatred and incitement leads, yet my survival is also a witness to ‘choosing life,’ which is the mandate of our people. I hope that my story will continue to honour Kristine’s memory and provide a strong and necessary defence of my beautiful Israel.'”