The terrorist who murdered two and wounded 10 others in his attack on October 18 at the central bus station in Be’er Sheva has been buried, quietly.
Al-Okabi was heavily guided by Hamas in carrying out the attack from start to finish, according to Israeli authorities. At the end, he was shot and killed by security personnel.
The full CCTV footage of the attack was eventually released by Israel Police.
The family of Muhannad al-Okabi was told Friday to prepare his grave but few other details were shared about when to expect the body.
Early Sunday morning, the terrorist was allowed to be buried, with specific conditions, in the cemetery of the Negev Bedouin town of Hura. The town is located on Highway 31, halfway between Arad and Be’er Sheva, close to the Shoqet Junction.
The funeral was small, brief, quiet and limited to close friends and family members, exactly as Israel Police instructed, in order to minimize any positive impact, praise or grandiosity resulting from the proceedings.
The burial was welcomed as the final page of a chapter to be closed by more than a few in a town where terrorist groups have taken hold, to the displeasure of an older generation that has formed strong bonds with Israeli society.
A rift has begun to develop, not only in Hura but in other Bedouin communities as well, where radical philosophies heard elsewhere are starting to clash with local attitudes and beliefs.Hana Levi Julian