Disabled athletes joined Mayor Nir Barkat to rappel down Jerusalem’s Old City walls during International Disability Awareness Month in December. Barkat’s rappelling buddy was Nati Gruber, 42, who represented Israel at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics in hand cycling and expects to compete in the London Games this summer.
By Avigayil Kadesh
It’s not every day that you see people rappelling and omega-lining down the thick stone walls of Jerusalem’s Old City – and certainly not in wheelchairs. But to mark International Disability Awareness Month in December, ordinary folks with disabilities did exactly that, along with disabled athletes and Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat.
The daredevil event was sponsored by Israel’s National Insurance Institute (NII) in partnership with Etgarim (Challenges), a nonprofit organization founded in 1995 by a group of disabled IDF veterans, disabled civilians and rehabilitation professionals.