When Yonath received the news of her husband's death, she was at the end of her first pregnancy • "I got up because I felt responsible for my child"
The late Yonath and Amasa
Courtesy of the family
Yonath and Amasa Meshulmi were a very young couple when Amasa fell in battle in the Second Lebanon War.
"My people used to live in Ofra after the disengagement, he was originally from Nazareth. He rented a caravan and worked there. I lived in Jerusalem and we met in the twelfth grade," says Yonath.
The news of Ami's downfall reached Yonath on Saturday night of the ceasefire signing.
"We were married for a year and I was in the ninth month of my pregnancy," she says.
"That Saturday I was already at my mother's in Jerusalem, we talked on Saturday night, and on Saturday the rumors of a ceasefire came. I breathed a sigh of relief because I thought it was over, already everything was fine. On Saturday night I also tried to call my people but he did not answer the phone "In the evening, the city officer came to us, and the whole world turned on us. We were twenty years old with a lot of plans for life, I was waiting for my first baby and all of a sudden my whole world changed."
Three weeks after the bitter news she gave birth to her daughter Purity.
"The birth was hallucinatory and crazy, a sea of conflicting feelings. I felt grief, joy and immense love for the baby I became a mother, and it set me on my feet, because I felt I had responsibility for my child. Once you have a baby that depends on you you do everything to be good," Yonath says.
Later, Yonath lived for a short time in Ofra, then moved to Jerusalem.
"When I returned to Jerusalem I continued in my life, I was young and every day alone was like an eternity. At the same time, I was accompanied by the feeling that private supervision would accompany me and purity. At 20 I wanted to continue living, and friends met Nati Rom. girls".
"Purity itself is a proud sister to its sisters and functions as such for everything," Yonath shares.
"Yet, even though I have moved on, my people live in us to this day. It is part of our home, part of our life story. We experience it but continue to live and grow."