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Etya Dimentman addresses the press.

The Government of Israel must properly establish the Yeshiva of Chomesh in Samaria “as an answer to the murder,” said Etya Dimentman, the widow of Yehuda Dimentman, who was murdered in a shooting attack on Thursday.

Yehuda Dimentman, 25, left behind a wife and nine-month-old baby David, as well as his parents and 11 brothers.


Speaking after the deadly attack for the first time on Sunday, Etya said that “Yehuda did not leave me a will. Yesterday a friend of his showed me that they asked him six and a half years ago what he would do if he had only a week left to live, he replied – ‘study Torah in Chomesh’. This is his will,” she said with pain.

During the 2005 unilateral disengagement from Gaza, Israel evicted a bloc of 17 communities in the Strip and four communities in northern Samaria, including Chomsesh. Israeli leaders have since called to return to the area, and a Yeshiva exists in Chomesh, at which Yehuda was a student.

Etya addressed Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and said that “there is a yeshiva in Chomesh, they give their lives, they are our [elite] General Staff reconnaissance unit, soldiers without uniforms. The people of Israel ask you to establish the yeshiva, to secure it, to allow the people of Israel to go up there.”

“Yehudah’s blood is too precious. It is impossible to return to a routine when the blood of such a pure soul is shed,” she added. “I feel Yehudah all the time and he is asking through me to build Chomesh.”

“I have only one hope and a request from Prime Minister Naftali Bennett. That his murder will not be in vain. I call on the Prime Minister to arrange the Chomesh Yeshiva – bring us home. Take care of the boys. That there will be no more widows like me. That there will be no more orphans like David [her son],” she asked.

However, the government employed the opposite policy on Sunday, blocking the students’ access to the Yeshiva and leveling several structures erected at the site on Saturday night.


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Aryeh Savir is director of the International division of Tazpit News Agency.