Soccer team comprised of terror attack survivors ‘adopts’ 3-year-old Israeli boy



Three-year-old Natan Bennett, who survived a Palestinian terror attack in October 2015, with a signed soccer ball at Thursday's ceremony in Jerusalem that marked his "adoption" by the OneFamily soccer team. Credit: Sarah Levin, OneFamily.

( A 3-year-old Israeli boy whose leg was severely wounded in a Palestinian terrorist attack in 2015 joined a soccer team comprised of fellow survivors of terror attacks.

The boy, Natan Bennett, joined the OneFamily organization’s soccer team—made up of relatives of terror victims as well as survivors of attacks—in a ceremony Thursday in Jerusalem. Natan’s father, Aharon Bennett, was killed in a Palestinian stabbing attack in Jerusalem’s Old City Oct. 3, 2015. 

OneFamily “empowers victims of terror to rebuild their lives, rehabilitate and reintegrate through emotional, legal and financial assistance programs,” according to the organization’s website.  

“Our goal is not only to win,” said the OneFamily soccer team’s coach, Ami Ben-David. “Every single player of your team is a family member. Today (Thursday) we were joined be a new player—Natan Bennett. From now on, he has a huge supporting family.”

During the ceremony in Jerusalem, the soccer team symbolically “adopted” Natan. Besides his father’s death and his own injuries, his mother Adele was seriously wounded in last year’s terror attack. Adele attended Thursday’s ceremony.

“While on the field we see a football (soccer) game, there is something much deeper going on,” OneFamily CEO Chantal Belzberg said in a statement. “We know that Natan is a football fan. Therefore, we thought it would be a good idea for the team to ‘adopt’ him.”

Posted on January 5, 2017 .