I’m sure you have all heard of Kay Wilson, the Israeli-British tour guide who was viciously attacked by Palestinian terrorists as she was hiking with her friend Kristine Luken in the Jerusalem hills in December 2010. The terrorists used machetes to stab and chop at both Kay and Kristine. They didn’t “just” attack them. First they tied them up and then they sadistically teased them that they would release them, and then they mocked them for their terror. Kristine Luken Hy’d was murdered in front of Kay’s eyes. Kay herself sustained horrendous injuries, 30 broken bones, a punctured lung, smashed shoulder blade, and more.
Somehow, miraculously, by playing dead Kay managed to survive the attack and was left for dead. When the terrorists left, she managed – bound and gagged and barefoot – to stumble a mile uphill until she found a family who were picnicking, and who called for help.
Kristine’s body was found the next day through Kay’s directions. The better news is that during the attack Kay stabbed one of the terrorists with her penknife. His blood on her clothing gave the police some DNA to work with and the terrorists were located and arrested. The DNA results also led to their conviction for another murder, that of Netta Blatt-Sorek whose murderers the police had sought for months.
Kay suffers to this day from PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder). As part of her therapy she started writing her story, and this evolved into her extraordinary book, The Rage Less Traveled.
Here is my review of Kay’s book:
I was afraid to start reading Kay’s book, just the thought of reading the gory details of the terror attack put me off for weeks after the book arrived in my postbox. Eventually, and at the prodding of a good friend, I forced myself to pick it up – and once I did I couldn’t put it down. It is literally a page turner.
The story of the attack itself, while graphic and terrifying, takes up only a small portion of the book. The main part of the book deals with Kay’s horrific physical injuries, her long and difficult physical recovery, and her incredibly brave fight against PTSD. This was all compounded with dealing with Israeli bureaucracy as well as eventually facing her attackers in court.
Kay’s descriptions of her questioning by the Israeli police pleasantly surprised me as – contrary to received wisdom and their unpopularity – the officers come over as sensitive and intelligent. It was their persistence in questioning Kay several times about the attack that led Kay to remember that she had stabbed one of the terrorists. This was what produced a DNA sample from the terrorist that led to their capture.
She describes her group of wonderful friends, her therapist, even the police and judicial system, who all came together to help her recover, and more than that, to attain justice for the murder of her friend Kristine Luken Hy’d.
Kay does not spare herself as she writes about her own self-pity as she began her recovery, and her painfully awkward meeting with Kristine Luken’s parents. I think Kay is too hard on herself but this is obviously how she sees the situation.
Kay’s writing is almost lyrical in places, and the descriptions are so vivid I can picture the places and scenes in my mind’s eye. Kay’s wonderful witty British humour shines through in places, as she describes hilariously awkward situations, bringing a smile, even laughter, in the midst of the darkness.
Yet her fury against the Palestinian Authority which continues, to this day, to fund the terrorists with a monthly stipend of thousands of dollars, aided and abetted by foreign governments, is palpable and absolutely justified. (See below for more).
In the Kindle version of the book, Kay describes the work she has been doing, together with a Palestinian friend, with Palestinian youngsters in an UNRWA camp, to educate them towards peace and integration, and to prevent them being swept up in terrorist causes. Her project is called The Yellow Brick Road.
As the Times of Israel notes:
Together with a Palestinian friend, she has created “The Yellow Brick Road,” an educational project that teaches Muslim children in a refugee camp emotional intelligence, empathy and courage.
The book The Rage Less Traveled is a testament to Kay’s emotional and spiritual strength as well as her miraculous physical recovery. She is very open about her PTSD, and she has become a motivational speaker about struggling with PTSD as well as a strong advocate for Israel.
I can’t recommend this book highly enough.
A documentary video was produced by Israel’s Kan TV Channel a few months ago. I have not seen it yet but I have been reliably informed that it is absolutely compelling. Here is the video:
I would like to pick up Kay’s story about her struggle to prevent foreign aid from reaching the Palestinian terrorists in the obscene “pay for slay” arrangement. Chief among Kay’s targets is the British government since Kay still holds British citizenship. She has achieved a measure of success in combatting “pay for slay” with the Dutch government cutting their foreign aid to the Palestinian Authority by 7%, which is the amount they funnel to the terrorists. Swedish and Norwegian MPs are demanding a similar cut in aid, though the decree has not yet been passed. And of course the US passed the Taylor Force Act which similarly cuts aid to entities which fund terrorists.
Kay has become a strong advocate for Israel through Palestine Media Watch and a lobbyist of foreign governments to stop funding terrorist activity.
She has a Facebook page which is really worth following, and you can see video clips of her media interviews both in Israel and abroad, and blogs about her activities.
I was lucky enough to attend the official book launch of the Rage Less Traveled last week, at an ESRA event held in the Ohel Ari shul in Raanana. We were honoured to hear Col. Richard Kemp speak at the event as well. Despite the tragedy that lay at its heart, it was an uplifting entertaining evening.