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Izzy Ezagui

Izzy lost his left arm in battle.

How did we help him to rebuild his life?

Izzy Ezagui’s war ended on the border with Gaza during Operation Cast Lead. A direct hit from sustained enemy fire left the members of his unit seriously injured – and tore off Izzy’s left arm.

Somehow, despite the pain, Izzy walked to the nearest IDF shelter, where medics began urgent life-saving treatment. During the next 48 hours he courageously endured two more vital operations. Then came the real challenge: life as a disabled veteran.

The specialised rehabilitation programmes at the Beit Halochem Centre in Tel Aviv helped Izzy to gradually come to terms with the emotional issues and physical realities of his injury.  

Izzy sacrificed much in Israel’s defence but, despite being discharged from his unit with honours, he would volunteer to serve again. Izzy loves his country and wants nothing more than to protect it.

Your generosity helps us to repay soldiers like Izzy for the sacrifices they have made – and help them to build a brighter future.

Beit Halochem provided the physical and emotional support Izzy needed to adjust to life as a disabled veteran.


Generous donations funded the £20,000 it takes to help soldiers like Izzy find a way to begin again.

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