Tat­toos help Is­raelis scarred by at­tacks and war

The Jerusalem Post - - NEWS - (Amir Co­hen/Reuters)

A group of Is­raelis who were phys­i­cally and men­tally scarred in shoot­ings, sui­cide bomb­ings and mil­i­tary op­er­a­tions were given free tat­toos this week by artists who hope body art can help their re­cov­ery.

The Heal­ing Ink project brought artists from Is­rael, Europe and the United States to Jerusalem for the event, which took place at the city’s Is­rael Mu­seum.

The 11 peo­ple re­ceiv­ing tat­toos on Mon­day in­cluded a mil­i­tary vet­eran wounded by an an­ti­tank mis­sile on a bat­tle­field and a woman caught in a bomb at a Tel Aviv nightspot.

“It makes me feel like I got some­thing that I chose to put on my­self, un­like my in­jury, which I didn’t choose to get,” said Ben Baker Morag, who was wounded while serv­ing in the army.

“This gives me a very good feel­ing,” he said of his tat­too, a lion on his left shoul­der.

Oth­ers be­ing tat­tooed at the event chose de­signs of a me­dieval knight in ar­mor, the Bea­tles lyric “All you need is love,” and three mon­ster heads eat­ing one an­other.

For the artists in­volved, the ex­pe­ri­ence of work­ing with the wounded is a mean­ing­ful one.

“I am not a doc­tor, I can­not heal peo­ple,” said Was­sim Raz­zouk, an Arab tat­too artist from Jerusalem’s Old City. “But with my ink and with my art if that could help heal peo­ple, for me that is some­thing so great.” (Reuters) MULI STEIN, who suf­fers from mem­o­ries of what he saw as an am­bu­lance driver at an IDF base, gets a tat­too done by Amer­i­can artist Jesse Smith, as part of the Heal­ing Ink project, at the Is­rael Mu­seum in Jerusalem on Mon­day.

(Marc Is­rael Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)

Peo­ple dance with To­rah scrolls at a ‘Sec­ond Hakafot’ cel­e­bra­tion at the West­ern Wall last night. The cus­tom goes back to the 16th-cen­tury Safed Rabbi Isaac Luria Ashke­nazi.

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