Matzpun is trained in Krav Maga, an Israeli military form of hand to hand combat, and she knew that if she didn’t fight she would be killed along with her two little babies. She shouted at the terrorist who turned to her and screaming in Arabic lunged at her with the knife stabbing her in the face and shoulder. Matzpun then smashed his face with her fist and managed to deliver a beating that had the terrorist run into the bathroom. Matzpun then baracaded the door of the bathroom with a bed and called neighbors for help.
Matzpun told Maariv:
“Suddenly I saw a terrorist in a kefiyyeh [head scarf] standing opposite me I decided that if I didn’t fight, he would murder me and my four children, there would be a massacre like in Itamar, where the Fogels and three of their children were murdered in their home.”
Her neighbors called in the police and Israeli Army who arrived to see the terrorist crawling out of the bathroom window. They gave chase and when the terrorist was cornered he refused to drop his weapons and the Israeli Army opened fire and killed him.
Matzpun’s father was interviewed about his daughters heroic actions and he said:
“The terrorist fell into the wrong woman’s hands, from his point of view. Even when she was a young girl, she would hug me like a vice… After she learned Krav Maga she was always able to take down thugs.”
Sde Avraham is located in southern Israel, several kilometers from the Gaza security barrier.
Check out this video about the deadly art of Krav Maga as seen on the History Channel