Photo Credit: IDF Spokesperson
IDF Golani Sgt. Omri Levi, murdered by an Arab terrorist in Be'er Sheva on Oct. 18 2015

The IDF Golani soldier murdered in Sunday night’s terror attack on the Be’er Sheva Central Bus Station has been identified as Sergeant Omri Levi, age 19 and a resident of Sdei Hemed.

Sergeant Levi was murdered when Muhaned al-Okabi, a resident of the nearby Negev Bedouin town of Hura, entered the bus station armed with a pistol, ammunition and a knife. Police have arrested a family member who is suspected of having aided and abetted al-Okabi in planning and carrying out the attack.


The terrorist shot and killed the young soldier, grabbed his M-16 rifle and began spraying the waiting passengers. His mother was raised in Gaza before marrying a man who is an Arab citizen of Israel — allowing her to remain on this side of the border. Other details remain under gag order.

IDF Corporal Omri Levi, posthumously promoted to the rank of Sergeant, will be laid to rest Monday afternoon at 4 pm in the cemetery of Sdei Hemed, an agricultural community near Kfar Saba.

Four other military personnel were wounded in the attack, including one who sustained serious injuries.


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.


  1. This is a tragedy. Caroline Glick may be right when she says,”Israel’s greatest challenge is to accept that we have to rule over the Palestinians. There is no other option. We cannot separate from them. We cannot trust them with guns. No one else will protect us. It’s up to us.”

  2. How long will it take for the world to realize that it is not the Israelis who are the murderous aggrerssors? Unfortunately, probably never, for the world looks for any reason to hate jews. So sad for the family of this young soldier who did nothing to deserve his murder.

  3. God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, Elohim …please protect and comfort your ancient people …your people of old this day. Lead them in the way everlasting. Please bare your mighty right arm and come with vengence against your ememies.

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