The recent murder of Border Policewoman Hadar Cohen has affected me deeply.
In part because I am the father of three daughters and also because I have visited the Damascus Gate of many of my previous visits to Jerusalem.
That such a young woman should show such courage and resolve to ensure the safety of others is an inspiration to us all. The fact that she had parents who instilled in her such values is humbling to us as parents.
Now whenever I read the words ‘ Damascus Gate ‘ in any news item my mind will inflexibly think of Hadar Cohen.
It is as though that gate has been re-named !
I have the same reaction whenever I am reading something and the words Har Nof appear. My mind automatically thinks of Zidan Saif, the brave police officer who sacrificed himself to save others.
Do the citizens of Israel realize how the spontaneously brave actions of their law enforcement officers affect and inspire other people around the world?
Now each time I walk around the walls of the old city or read about it I will not be thinking of ancient heroines, but rather one of their modern day counterparts, Hadar Cohen.