dimanche 26 mars 2017

RETIRED MAJOR GENERAL DORON ALMOG AND HIS WISH FOR A MORE TOLERANT SOCIETY THAT INCLUDES DISABLED PEOPLE LIKE HIS FALLEN SON



Doron Almog was awarded the ISRAEL PRIZE the highest civilian honour bestowed upon citizens of Israel.
The story of his life is awe inspiring: an Israeli patriot, special forces soldier, who suffered tragedies of such great proportions! but brought so much hope for disabled people of all races in Israel.
if you have a chance to watch the video, please do so :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ftnb2fpJ664

Five members of the Almog family from Haifa: Ze'ev Almog, 71, his wife Ruth, 70, their son Moshe, 43, and grandsons Tomer Almog, 9, and Assaf Staier, 11 were killed in the suicide bombing of Maxim restaurant in Haifa on October 4, 2003, while Oren Almog, 10, was grievously injured and blinded.
His brother died fighting the syrians in Golan Heights and his son was given the name of his brother ERAN, with great hopes of courage and patriotism.
But little Eran at the age of 8 months was diagnosed with Autism with severe mental retardation.
What Doron Almog did for the Israeli society and for people like his son, regardless of the race and religion, is amazing. Please watch the youtube video

Here is the prepared introduction when he won the Israel Prize in 2016

Doron Almog Introduction
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Now it’s my privilege to introduce you to a man who exemplifies the strength and sensitivity of an Israeli patriot…
He is an accomplished IDF commander, who led the operational task force in Tripoli in 1973 against the terrorists who murdered Israeli athletes and coaches at the Munich Olympics and led paratroopers during the Lebanon War…
He is a fearless leader of rescue operations, who commanded the first force to land in Entebbe airport and rescue hostages from radical leftist and Palestinian terrorists, and led the elite Israeli Air Force commandos in clandestine missions from 1983-1988 to rescue around 6,000 Jewish Ethiopians from Refugee camps in the Sudan…
And he is a champion of those with special needs. He founded ALEH-Negev, a state-of-the-art rehabilitative center in the Negev, one of Jewish National Fund’s key partners in making Israel more inclusive, which, when complete, will be home to over 200 adults with disabilities and serve 12,000 children and young adults with disabilities each year.
Ladies and Gentlemen, please welcome the 2016 recipient of Israel’s highest honor—the Israel Prize for lifetime achievement, Major General Doron Almog.