Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Necessary Post!

Hi and shalom!
Today is December 22 and nearly 32 degrees in my corner of the world.
I was not intending to post until January but after receiving this week's Media Review from the Mission Organization, Caspari Center felt it necessary.
Would you consider making a donation to the ministry of Caspari Center
PO Box 147
Wheaton, Illinois
to honor the 2 victims of this report, one of whom formerly worked with Caspari Center apparently.
I think the ministry may need to know other believers care and also words of comfort may be appreciated if so led.
If you google caspari center media review, you can get the web site and contact info that way.
This is lengthy and the details are not pretty.
See you next year.

This week's Review includes a report on the assault on Kay Wilson - a former editor of the Media Review - and the death of her friend Kristine Luken after they were attacked by two men while hiking. (Most of the articles mistakenly spelled the name Christine Logan. The Review has preserved the spelling found in the articles.)

Messianic Jews
Haaretz, December 20 (x 2); Jerusalem Post, December 20; Yediot Ahronot, December 20; Israel HaYom, December 20; Yom L'Yom, December 16, 2010

Kay Wilson and her friend Kristine Luken were attacked last Saturday; Kristine did not survive the assault: "A female American tourist who was feared kidnapped by Arab assailants was found dead on Sunday in a forest outside Jerusalem, with multiple stab wounds and her hands bound behind her back. Police say the attack appears to have been politically motivated, but are also looking into possible criminal connections. There was no claim of responsibility, suggesting the assailants did not act with the backing of a terrorist organization ... The tourist was identified as Christine Logan, 40. Police said she was American but that they did not know her hometown. Authorities began their hours-long search for Logan after children found a woman near Moshav Mata, southwest of Jerusalem, who had multiple stab wounds and hands tied behind her back. The woman, a friend of Logan's named Kay Susan Wilson, a 46-year-old Israeli citizen originally from Britain, told paramedics and police officers that she and Logan were assaulted by two Arab men while hiking at Khirbet Hanut, a nearby archaeological site. Gidi Bashan, a Jewish National Fund forester who questioned Wilson to pinpoint the location of the attack, said the incident was 'a tale of bravery, in which she fought for her own life and that of her friend' ... Wilson, a Messianic Jewish tour guide who lives in Givat Ze'ev, said she escaped after pretending to be dead. She was stabbed 12 times in her back and chest and is being treated at Hadassah University Hospital, Ein Karem, where doctors said she was stable and fully conscious. Wilson said on Sunday that the attack began with a request for water. 'We went off the path to go up this little hill,' she said. 'We sat down and suddenly two Arabs passed by who asked in Hebrew if I had any water. I told them "yalla, bye," they left, but I felt that something wasn't right.' She suggested to Logan that they get back on the path and saw the men had come back. One was wielding what looked 'like a bread knife with a serrated edge.' She said Logan 'became hysterical' at the sight of the knife and that she warned her in English to keep quiet, to no avail. The men began to stab them. 'It was clear that they came to kill,' she added. 'Who carries around a knife like that?' A senior police official made a similar comment, saying, 'With the victim having this many stab wounds, there's no doubt that this is attempted murder.' At one point, Wilson said one of the assailants took a Star of David chain off her neck, 'then turned me around and stabbed me in the place where the Star of David had been.' 'I played dead,' she said. 'While I was lying there I heard my friend dying. Her breath was like bubbles. I waited two minutes ... It was very hard for me to get up, but I managed to walk.' Wilson walked to a nearby parking lot and saw a car with Israeli license plates, but it didn't stop and she realized the passengers couldn't tell the condition she was in. 'I couldn't scream because of my breathing, and the car started going,' she said. 'So I had to walk another 20 meters and there were children there, and I didn't want to scare them with the blood, so I just turned around with my back to them so they could see that my hands were tied, and then they called the police'" (Haaretz, December 20).

Under the headline "'Street smarts' saved wounded victim" and the subtitle "Messianic Judaism community 'in shock'; praying for recovery of tour guide stabbed in brutal attack," the account in the Jerusalem Post (December 20) noted, "When Kay Wilson realized that the long, serrated knife hadn't reached her heart, she stayed still and pretended to be dead, waiting for the attackers to leave. But her hiking companion, American Kristine Luken, 46, who had also been horrifically stabbed, couldn't stop crying. The attackers turned back and killed her. '[Wilson] has a huge amount of street smarts, that's what saved her at the end.

May His presence save us today and always!
Mellow Roc

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