JBD, Arnold Bloch Leibler, and ZDVO Beit Halochem are pleased to invite you to a

lunchtime lecture

“For Nati and Ofir the war didn’t end when the fighting stopped.” Hear their miraculous stories of survival and success.


Captain Ophir Anidjar and Nati Hakashur

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Lunchtime Lecture 1:00pm

Arnold Bloch Leibler

Level 21, 333 Collins Street, Melbourne

Space is limited so please RSVP early to events@jbd.org.au by Thursday 25 February.

Captain (Res.) Ofir Anidjar: In 2003, Ofir served as an officer in the Engineering Corps in the IDF until his discharge with the rank of Major in 2013. When “Operation Protective Edge” broke out in July 2014, Ofir was drafted as a reservist to serve for the first time since his discharge. His mission was to track and locate tunnels. The company he commanded was composed of much older reservists, most of them leaving behind families and jobs. Whilst patrolling the Gaza border, a terrorist squad emerged from an underground tunnel shaft and launched a Kornet missile at Ofir’s men. As a result of the huge blast, Ofir sustained shrapnel in his arm and leg and injuries to his eyes and head. Since then, Ofir suffers from chronic headaches especially at night and has found himself dealing with severe PTSD. Today, Ofir is a regular at Beit Halochem. He works out at the Fitness Centre, helps with the Young Veterans programs as well as studying Civil Engineering at Tel Aviv University.

Nati Hakshur: In August 2011, Nati Hakshur and his friend were sitting outside his parents’ home in Be’er Sheva. A barrage of missiles was launched on the city and although they dodged the first round, a Grad Missile launched from Gaza landed on a car parked next to them. Nati’s legs were both severely wounded. After a painful and lengthy rehabilitation, Nati joined the Beit Halochem family. As a victim of terror, Nati attends weekly physiotherapy and Pilates treatments at Beit Halochem in Tel Aviv. He also competes in the shooting gallery and plays wheelchair basketball. He is an active member of the Young Veterans Programs where he lends support to the younger wounded veterans from Operation Protective Edge. Today, 28 year old Nati has completed his BA in Government and Business Studies at the Herzliya Interdisciplinary Centre.

Thank you Arnold Bloch Leibler for hosting and sponsoring this event.


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