Yoni Saadon, 39, who survived the Supernova peace festival by hiding under dead bodies, now wakes at night in anguish to the faces of the fallen women, including one with ‘the face of an angel’.
One image indiscriminately glued to his brain, is the horrifying moment a woman’s decapitated head rolled across the road, after she refused to be stripped naked.
As the sun rose on the desert festival and Hamas terrorists stormed in, Yoni took cover under a music stage. But a woman hiding alongside him was identified by terrorists.
‘She fell to the ground, shot in the head, and I pulled her body over me and smeared her blood on me so it would look as if I was dead too,’ he told The Sunday Times.
‘I will never forget her face. Every night I wake to it and apologise to her, saying ‘I’m sorry’.’
After an hour, the shift manager peeked out. ‘I saw this beautiful woman with the face of an angel and eight or ten of the fighters beating and raping her.’
The woman was screaming ‘stop it’ he said, and begged the terrorists to kill her to put her out of her misery.
‘When they finished they were laughing and the last one shot her in the head’, he said.
The father of four admitted how his mind kept reminding him it could of been one of his daughters, or his sister, who at the last minute bowed out of the festival.
The horror was far from over for Yoni as, hiding in the bushes, he saw two more Hamas fighters catch a woman.
‘She was fighting back, not allowing them to strip her’, he recalled. ‘They threw her to the ground and one of the terrorists took a shovel and beheaded her and her head rolled along the ground.
‘I see that head too’, he admitted.
Yoni shared his story with The Sunday Times at a support group for the festival survivors in Sitria, southeast of Tel Aviv.
Three times a week survivors from around Israel get together with parents whose children were among those slaughtered.