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June 30, 2016 / 24 Sivan, 5776

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‘Thousands’ at Funeral for Car-Ramming Terrorist

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

Thousands of Arabs attended the funeral of the car-ramming terrorist who deliberately ran over three IDF soldiers on Tuesday at the HaParsa Junction near the Jewish community of Dolev, according to Arab media.

The terrorist who struck the three soldiers, 36-year-old Riyad Shehada, was shot and killed by other soldiers nearby.  Shehada, a resident of Qalandiya, was living temporarily in Beitunia, according to local sources.

The packed funeral procession began at the Ramallah governmental hospital and made its way to the Shehada family home in Beitunia, according to the Bethlehem-based Ma’an news agency. “Following final farewells, his body was taken to a mosque in Qalandiya… for funeral prayers,” Ma’an reported.

The three soldiers who were hit by the terrorist were targeted as they were conducting an unannounced security check on vehicles at the entrance to the Arab city of Beitunia, a suburb of Ramallah.

Weeks ago, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed that bodies of Arabs who were killed during terror attacks against Israelis would not be released to their families or to the Palestinian Authority.

He explained at the time that the large funerals that followed such returns had become major incitement and recruitment ceremonies to encourage further terror attacks.

Shortly after, however, Israeli media learned the body of a terrorist had been returned to a family in the Palestinian Authority. After numerous calls to various ministries, the IDF and police, JewishPress.com was told “it was a mistake.” Other media were told the same.

Earlier this week, the prime minister’s office released a statement that the return of the terrorist’s body was carried out per the exclusive decision of Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon. The PMO said in the statement the discretionary power over this issue had been restored to the defense minister on Sunday.

One of the Kefir Brigade soldiers hit by the terrorist is hospitalized in the intensive care unit at Tel Hashomer Medical Center’s Sheba Hospital. He is in very serious condition, currently on life-support.

The two others are hospitalized in fair condition at Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center in Jerusalem.


Hana Levi Julian

Angry Turkish Neighbors Block Burial of ISIS Terrorist From Local Cemetery

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

Angry neighbors refused to allow the family of ISIS terrorist Mehmet Öztürk, 24, to bury the body of their son in the cemetery of their home village of Gaziantep on Monday.

The family had filed a missing person’s report with police when Öztürk disappeared last week. Their son did not have a criminal record – one reason he had not been sought by police — but was known by intelligence to have ties with Da’esh (ISIS).

At 11 am on Saturday morning he made headlines as an ISIS suicide bomber, attacking a group of Israelis on a culinary tour near Istanbul’s iconic Taksim Square on the pedestrian boulevard of Istiklal Street lined with foreign consulates, restaurants and cafes.

The disgrace was enough for his family’s neighbors to block his burial from their cemetery.

“Their neighbors didn’t let his parents to bury the attacker in the village,” a source in Istanbul told JewishPress.com, “so they had to bury him far away.

“No one came to his funeral.”

Hana Levi Julian

Rabbi Chaim Shlomo Leibowitz, zt’l, Head of Ponevezh Yeshiva, Laid to Rest

Sunday, February 28th, 2016

One of the top rabbinical directors of the Yeshiva of Ponevezh, Rabbi Chaim Shlomo Leibowitz, zt”l, has been laid to rest.

Rabbi Leibowitz, 83, passed away at approximately 9 am Sabbath morning surrounded by family and his students. He was laid to rest Sunday afternoon at the Har HaMenuchot cemetery in Jerusalem.

When word of his death was received at the yeshiva when the Sabbath ended, the paroches was removed from the gilded Holy Ark as a sign of mourning.

Hareidi religious Jewish men seen around the body of the head of the Yeshiva of Ponevezh Rabbi Chaim Shlomo Leibowitz, zt'l during his funeral in the city of Bnei Brak.

Hareidi religious Jewish men seen around the body of the head of the Yeshiva of Ponevezh Rabbi Chaim Shlomo Leibowitz, zt’l during his funeral in the city of Bnei Brak.

Rabbi Leibowitz was born to Rabbi Yaakov Moshe and Tzeina Leah Leibowitz in White Russia, and grew up to be renowned for his acumen from a very early age.

The family escaped to Vilna prior to the outbreak of World War II and made their way to Jerusalem.

Rabbi Leibowitz learned in Jerusalem’s Hevron Yeshiva and immediately after his marriage to Sima Rothstein, the daughter of Rabbi Avraham Yitzchak Rothstein — head of the Diskin Orphanage — he was named head of the yeshiva at Kaminetz in Jerusalem, where he remained until taking on the role as one of the rabbinic leaders of Ponovezh in Bnei Brak.

Rabbi Leibowitz was also the grandson of Rabbi Baruch Ber Leibowitz, zt’l, referred to as the “Birkas Shmuel,” a disciple of Rabbi Chaim of Brisk, founder of “Yeshivishe” learning style.

Hareidi-religious Jewish men carry the body of head of Yeshiva of Ponevezh Rabbi Chaim Shlomo Leibowitz, zt'l during his funeral in the city of Bnei Brak.

Hareidi-religious Jewish men carry the body of head of Yeshiva of Ponevezh Rabbi Chaim Shlomo Leibowitz, zt’l during his funeral in the city of Bnei Brak.

The venerated rabbi fell several months ago in his home. The accident caused medical complications which included bleeding in the brain. He recently was admitted to the hospital with pneumonia.

With thousands accompanying the body from the Tel Aviv suburb of Bnei Brak, the rabbi was brought to his final resting place at Har HaMenuchot in Jerusalem.

He is survived by Rebbetzin Sima, his wife. Two of the couple’s children have predeceased the rabbi, a daughter, prominent teacher Mrs. Kayla Rivka Schwartzman z’l, and a son, Rabbi Hezkiyah Yosef Leibowitz, z’l.

Baruch Dayan HaEmes. May his soul be bound up in the bond of life.

Hana Levi Julian

The Funeral of Tuvia Yanai Wisman HY”D

Friday, February 19th, 2016

Funeral of Tuvia Yanai Wisman

Funeral of Tuvia Yanai Wisman

Funeral of Tuvia Yanai Wisman, on February 18, 2016.

Wisman, a 21-year-old soldier, husband and father, was killed yesterday in a stabbing attack inside the Rami Levy grocery store in Shaar Binyamin.

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‘Everyone Said You Were A Heroine, My Hadari’

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

Today the Nation of Israel paid their final respects to a Jewish heroine and a family who respected a daughter’s decision to serve her country, to protect her fellow Jews, and to do what she believed was right.

The buses and cars arrived from all over the country, well ahead of the hour set for the funeral procession for murdered Border Guard Police Officer Hadar Cohen, hy’d.

Just 19 years old, sworn into her a post a scant week earlier, Officer Cohen was called upon to prove her mettle almost immediately. She did not falter.

She paid with her life. Two policewomen who stood beside her were also wounded; one nearly paid the same price, but miraculously has survived.

Hundreds of mourners streamed into the small central Israeli city of Yahud to accompany her to her final resting place in the military cemetery there.

Among them was Ravit Mirilashvili, who persuaded doctors to allow her to attend the funeral of her partner.

Their fellow Border Guard Police partners were waiting there to greet her with arms open wide for warm hugs and tears.

Hadar’s father, Ofer, recited the Kadish, Judaism’s tradition, ancient prayer for the dead, in a tear-filled voice. Her sister Mor, said, “You have become precious to the entire people of Israel.” Her partner, Ravit Mililashvili, also came to the funeral together with her parents. She had told Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during his visit to her bedside earlier in the day, “Hadar saved my life.”

But during his eulogy, Hadar’s father told his daughter in a choked voice, “My beloved child, how can I leave you now? Everyone says you were a hero, a true hero. That you saved many people with your body and your soul. But no one really knows you, my Hadari, your warmth.

“I have just these words to say to you: I am proud of you. Proud of you, and I salute you. Rest in peace; and may your soul be gathered into the bundle of eternal life.

Hana Levi Julian

The Funeral

Monday, January 18th, 2016

The husband and children of Dafna Meir z”l, at her funeral in Jerusalem on January 18, 2016.

Dafna Meir, a mother of six, was murdered last night after being stabbed to death at the entrance to her home in the community of Otniel.

Funeral of Daphna Meir

Funeral of Daphna Meir

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Funeral Begins for Daphna Meir, z”l, Travels From Otniel to Jerusalem

Monday, January 18th, 2016

The woman who fought to protect her children from a blood-thirsty Arab terrorist at her home in Otniel is being laid to rest this morning.

Daphna Meir, 38, knew well the value of life: she worked as a nurse at Soroka Medical Center in Be’er Sheva. When an Arab construction worker from within her own community of Otniel showed up Sunday evening at her doorstep, intent on murder, she fought with everything she had.

Three of her children came running, just in time to see their mother on the ground with the stab wounds from the murderer. The oldest daughter related to security officials that the terrorist had fled when he realized he could not pull out the knife he used to stab her mother over and over, in places on her body, and even on her head.

Meir was mother to four children and two foster children, wife to a husband who is now bereft.

The terrorist succeeded in escaping, but security forces are hunting for him and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed they will find him.

But for now, this moment in time, Daphna Meir is being accompanied by her weeping family and friends, as she leaves the place that she loved, Otniel, in the south Hebron Hills. The funeral began there in the community at 9:30 a.m. Her mutilated body will gently be laid to rest, by those who love her best, in the Jerusalem cemetery in Givat Shaul, at 11 a.m.

May her memory be for a blessing, and may God avenge her blood.

Hana Levi Julian

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