Today is the memorial ceremony for Noa Lazar, the IDF soldier who was murdered by a terrorist at Shuafat checkpoint.
Noa served at the same company as me and the terrorist attack was the most traumatic incident that ever happened to me and my company.
Noa Lazar taught me a huge lesson on the impact a person has on so many people around.
The quote that is written on Noa’s tomb says :” there are people who bring such a bright light to the world , that even after they are gone, the light continues to shine”
This quote describes Noa the best. After she was gone, her friends couldn’t continue their service as they did before.
Every soldier especially her closest friends couldn’t stop sharing how inspiring she was with her quit and calm way to solve conflicts and how much they miss her support, wisdom and maturity.
Serving as a combat soldier at the IDF checkpoints unit,( the unit of soldiers who give a security check at the checkpoint and thwart terrorism from entering Israel). Can be tough. Besides preventing terrorism to enter Israel the soldiers go on shifts of 8-12 hours everyday, in both cold and warm weather, suffering from riots near the checkpoints and arguments with suspected arabs that need to be detained or arrested .
After the terrorist attack soldiers increased their motivation to continue their service. Not just because of the terrorist attack but also because of who Noa was as a combat sosoldier. Noa was highly motivated who wished to get drafted into a combat role because she believed in challenging herself and protecting Israel.
Before I drafted to serve as a combat soldier at the IDF checkpoints unit, the comments i used to get were: “you need to find a quick way to get out of this position!” (since this job is dangerous and very exhausting).
After the terrorist attack i started to get comments about people appreciating my job. Not just because the terrorist attack helped people realize how dangerous the spots i serve in. But also because of the stories of who Noa was as a soldier , it taught people what are the true faces of the girls who serve in this job.
Noa left behind a legacy of kindness, humbleness and joy . She taught me the impact a person can has on so many people, even on those who werent close to her.
May her memory be a blessing