Posts Tagged ‘funeral’
By Yotam Rozenwald
Thousands of Israelis showed their solidarity and sympathy at the funerals of the four victims killed by a terrorist attack on the kosher supermarket Hyper Cacher in Paris.
The victims were buried on Tuesday, January 13 at noon in the Givat Shaul cemetery in Jerusalem. All the victims were Jewish; Yohan Cohen, Yoav Hattab, Phillipe Barham and Francois-Michel Saada.
Although the victims were French citizens, their families asked the Israeli authorities for permission to bury their bodies in Israel. Israel’s government agreed, and made the necessary arrangements.
The funerals were attended by many Israeli public figures, as well as key figures from the French Jewish community, numbered at 500,000 strong. Speeches were made by Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, head of opposition Isaac Herzog and French Minister of Ecology and Sustainable Development and Energy, Segolene Royal.
Prime Minister Netanyahu talked about his visit to Paris the previous day during his speech at the funerals. “Yesterday, I returned from Paris, where I participated in the anti-terror march alongside leaders from all over the world. I think that the majority of them understand, or at least starting to understand, that radical Islam is a real threat to world peace”.The Israeli prime minister also added that Islamic terror is not just a Jewish or Israeli problem but a problem for all humanity. “It is time all people of all cultures unite, and eject these elements among us.”
President Rivlin addressed French minister, Royal, saying: “European leaders must obligate themselves to act in an effective manner; they must obligate themselves and act with a firm hand, so that Jewish people in Europe can feel safe again, whether in Toulouse, Paris, Brussels or Burgos.”
French Minister, Royal commented that “I want to give my condolences on behalf of the French Republic, which shares your grief…the victims were murdered for being Jewish, which is outrageous.”
“Anti-Semitism has no place in France and that is the message carried by the millions of French people who marched on Sunday.” Royal, announced in her eulogy that the four victims will receive a posthumous French honor, “Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur ” (Legion of Honor), which is the highest decorative honor bestowed in France.
Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman (C) seen at his mother’s funeral ceremony, Esther Liberman in Holon on December 5, 2014, Esther Liberman passed away Thursday night.
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 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.
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.
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.