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Har Nof Community Organizing Buses to Druze Policeman’s Funeral

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

Jerusalem’s Chareidi/Ultra-Orthodox community in Har Nof are arranging buses to the funeral of hero Druze police officer Zidan Saif — who was killed in the line of duty yesterday while engaged in a gun battle with the Arab terrorists at the Har Nof shul.

A grassroots initiative of hundreds of Chareidim from Har Nof is underway to attend the funeral of Zidan Saif and to pay their respects to the fallen policeman and to the Druze community in the village of Yanuch-Jat in Northern Israel.

Upon publication of the initiative, many have come forward to help — including retired IDF officer, Erez Eshel, who was so impressed with the idea and unity behind it, that he offered to fund as many buses as necessary.

Saif’s funeral is scheduled for 2PM today in his village.


A quote from the late Chief Rabbi, Rav Ovadia Yosef’s Jewish law question and answer book, “Hazon Ovadia” — in response to a question if prayers should be said in the synagogue for a Druze IDF soldier who fell in the line of duty.

“A Druze IDF Solider who stood to protect Israel from the enemy, and was killed by an Ishmalite [Arab], and was protecting Israel’s security, it is fitting and proper to pray for his soul in the synagogue, as is appropriate [to pray] for righteous gentiles.”

Jameel adds: Is is our responsibility to honor this policeman’s memory, and express our feelings of gratitude and unity with the Druze community. They are fighting with us shoulder to shoulder for the security of Israel — and are putting their lives on the line.

Rabbi Moshe Twersky Laid To Rest

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

Rabbi Moshe Twersky was escorted to his final resting place by 3,500 mourners today.

“G-d gave us a special soul…if there are 36 hidden righteous people in a generation, we merited to have one right here,” said one of his students.

Twersky was 59 years old, and the head of a Kollel (rabbinical study program) in Yeshiva Toras Moshe in Jerusalem. The Yeshiva is primarily for American students who come to study in Israel for a year after high school, though Twersky taught older and advanced students.

Twersky was the grandson of Rabbi Joseph Soleveitchik. His father, Rabbi Yitzchak (Isadore) Twersky, was both a rabbi and a professor in Harvard.

He leaves behind a wife, Miriam, and five children.

IDF Gears Up to Protect Jews in Judea, Samaria

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

The IDF has beefed up its security forces in Judea and Samaria.

Patrols are being tightened along the roads in the region. Forces training in other areas of the country, such as the Golan Heights, have been redeployed further south as well.

Although military sources said the moves do not indicate any change in the region’s security status, nevertheless IDF Central Command is clearly taking no more chances.

Defense leaders gathered at security meeting convened by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu Monday night.

Among other decisions, Netanyahu ordered security personnel to demolish the homes of convicted Arab terrorists, as a deterrent measure.

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, Public Defense Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch, IDF Chief-of-Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz, Shin Bet Director Yoram Cohen, Israel Police Commissioner Insp.-Gen. Yohanan Danino and Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein were all in attendance at the meeting.

The gathering convened in the wake of terror attacks in Tel Aviv and Gush Etzion just a few hours earlier that left two young Israelis dead and a number of other Israelis wounded.

One of the two victims, 26-year-old Dalia Lamkus of Tekoa, was laid to rest this morning (Tuesday, Nov. 11) at the cemetery in her community. She had survived a stabbing during prior terror attack in 2006.

The second victim, IDF Staff Sergeant Almog Shilony, age 20, is to be laid to rest this afternoon in a private ceremony at the military cemetery at Mount Herzl. His family has requested the media refrain from coverage.

Border Patrol Chief Inspector Jadan Assad Laid to Rest

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Thousands came to the northern Israeli Druze town of Beit J’an today to pay their final respects to Border Patrol Chief Inspector Jadan Assad as he was laid to rest.

The 38-year-old police captain was murdered in a Hamas vehicular terror attack yesterday (Wednesday, Nov. 5) along the tracks of the Jerusalem Light Rail. He is survived by his pregnant wife and young, three-year-old son, four siblings and both parents.

Among the sea of mourners was Public Security Minister Yitzchak Aharonovitch, whose voice rang out as he blamed Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas for Assad’s death.

The Druze police captain, he said, “was murdered yesterday with heartless cruelty and taken evilly from his wife, his son and his parents.”

Israeli leaders have united in condemning the Palestinian Authority leader, citing repeated instances of his incitement to terror.

Three other Border Patrol police officers suffered serious wounds in the attack in addition to ten others who were wounded as well.

Funeral for Karen Yemima HY”D [photos]

Monday, October 27th, 2014

The funeral of Karen Yemima Mosquera was held Monday night, after midnight, starting at the Shamgar Funeral Home and ending on the Mount of Olives, where she was buried.

Hundreds of people attended the funeral.

Karen Yemima, an Olah Chadasha, was in Israel as part of her conversion process to Judaism. She died on Sunday, after being critically wounded in the Jerusalem Light Rail terror attack last Wednesday. In that attack, an Arab terrorist drove onto the train platform and ran over 9 people, killing Karen Yemima, and 3 month old Chaya Zissel Braun.

The state of Israel flew in Karen Yemima’s family from Ecuador following the attack.

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat and the Ecuadorian ambassador to Israel were at the funeral.

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The funeral of Karen Yemima was delayed by an hour, as the family of the terrorist planned their funeral at the same time, and police were concerned the terrorist’s funeral would exhibit the typical Arab violence associated with the funeral of killed terrorists, and they did not want any disruptions to Karen Yemima’s funeral or danger to the participants.

The funeral for the terrorist was held under heavy police guard with only a few dozen participants as the police demanded.

But dozens of other Arabs in the Shiloach (Silwan) did go wild while the funeral was going on, shooting fireworks at police. Police responded with riot dispersal tools.

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All photos by Tazpit News Agency

Update: Court Postpones Arab Riot-Funeral

Saturday, October 25th, 2014

A Jerusalem court of appeals Saturday night overturned a lower court decision and accepted a request by police to postpone a funeral for a terrorist until Sunday.

Palestinian Authority and Jerusalem Arabs were preparing for two funerals for terrorists, and Israeli police and the IDF were on hand for the usual custom of honoring the deceased by hurling rocks, cinder blocks and firebombs at ‘Zionist” forces who try to preserve some semblance of law and order.

One will take place near Ramallah for a 14-year-old Arab with American citizenship who was killed by Israeli soldiers when he tried to murder passing Jewish motorists on Highway 60 with a firebomb Friday evening.

The other funeral is for Abdel Rahman al-Shaludi, who rammed his car at a Jerusalem, light rail train on Wednesday and killed a three-month-old American-Israeli baby.

A Jerusalem court originally allowed 80 people to attend the funeral near the Old City at 10 p.m. Saturday and denied a police request that the number be limited to 20 in order to reduce the extent of possible violence. The higher court accepted the request at the last minute, and the funeral was postponed until Sunday.

The Palestinian Authority has managed to convince many western leaders and foreign media that the attack was really an accident. The family of al-Shaludi claims that he simply lost control his car and was unnecessarily killed by police.

The U.S. State Dept. bought the version and after condemning the attack, it referred to is an “incident.”

 

Funeral Begins from Lakewood Yeshiva Student Aaron Sofer

Friday, August 29th, 2014

Thousands of mourners turned out Friday morning for the funeral of Lakewood, New Jersey yeshiva student Aaron Sofer whose body was found Thursday after seven days of searching since he was reported missing last Friday evening.

His parents said they were “overwhelmed” by the sad news, which also brought a certain relief from the week-long anxiety that was deepened by fears that Sofer, 23, had been kidnapped by terrorists.

The funeral began with eulogies in the Ezrat Torah neighborhood of Jerusalem, and Sofer is to be buried later in the day in Beit Shemesh.

His disappearance, after he and a hiking friend had separated in the hills of Jerusalem, brought out passionate pleas from New Jersey community and political leaders for the IDF and the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) to conduct massive search for Sofer.

Search and rescue workers found his partially decomposed body Thursday afternoon. Sofer did not have a cell phone, and if he was alive after he fell, the inability to communicate by phone may have left him doomed to death by dehydration.

“Ever since Aaron went missing, communities throughout the United States, Israel, and beyond gathered in worship on behalf of Aaron,” said New Jersey Democratic Senator Robert Menendez.

“During this period of mourning, I hope the Sofer family can be comforted with the knowledge that countless people, friends and strangers alike, prayed for Aaron’s well-being, and those acts of devotion will only continue,” he added. “It has become clear to me that everyone who knew Aaron saw tremendous promise in this young man who was committed to his family, his Jewish faith and his community of Lakewood.”

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