Israeli victims of Har Adar terror attack laid to rest in separate funerals

September 28, 2017 Agencies
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The three Israeli victims of Tuesday’s Palestinian terror attack in the community of Har Adar, near Jerusalem, were laid to rest on Wednesday in separate funerals.

Har Adar terror attack victims Solomon Gavriyah, Yosef Ottman and Or Arish. Credit: Courtesy.

Israeli Border Police officer Solomon Gavriyah, 20, an Israeli of Ethiopian origin from the city of Be’er Yaakov, security guard Or Arish, 25, of Har Adar, and security guard Yosef Ottman, 25, from the Israeli Arab community of Abu Ghosh, were killed when Palestinian terrorist Nimr Mahmoud Ahmed Jamal approached Har Adar’s rear entrance and opened fire at the Israelis with a pistol.

Ottman’s funeral in Abu Ghosh was attended by Israeli opposition leader Member of Knesset Isaac Herzog (Zionist Union), who noted the diverse mix of Jews, Muslims and Christians attending the funeral and residing in the village.

In the wake of the terror attack, Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan visited the home of Ottman’s family, consoling the mourners. The victim’s father, Issam, called the slain security guard a “wonderful son” and a “man of the law.”

Erdan also joined hundreds of mourners in Be’er Yaakov for the funeral of Gavriyah, and hailed the young officer as a “true hero of Israel.”

“You came to this land as an immigrant. You became one of its defenders. We will never forget the sacrifice you made,” said Erdan.

Arish was laid to rest in Jerusalem’s Givat Shaul Cemetery. His uncle, Yaakov Hayun, called his nephew a “charming boy everyone loved,” The Jerusalem Post reported.

President Rivlin pays condolence call on the family of Or Arish
Photo: Mark Neiman/GPO

President Reuven Rivlin paid condolence visits to families of two of those murdered in yesterday’s terror attack at Har Adar, Or Arish and Youssef Othman.

At the homes of both bereaved families, the President said that he had come to express his thanks, as President and in the name of all the Israeli people, for the lives of the men, women, and children, their sons had saved, and added a personal note as a grandfather, “My grandson is a neighbor, was at the school in Har Adar, and your son prevented the terrorist from reaching the school,” the President said. “As they say, “put their body on the line”, which accurately describes how your son fell, preventing a terrorist from harming the citizens of the town. He was defending his own home, and the homes of all of us.”

At the family home of Or Arish, the President heard of Or’s wonderful character as a man of action, who always gave generously of his time to help others in need.  The President embraced Or’s two brothers and sister and asked them to be strong for their parents. The President spoke with Or’s grandmothers, he said, “My heart is broken, also as a grandparent. We are here with you, and share your inconceivable pain.”

At the family home of Youssef Othman in Abu Ghosh, the President met Youssef’s parents and siblings, and heard about Youssef as a kindhearted young man who loved his country, and served as a border guard. “I pray together with you, that this house will from now on only know happier times. I pray that as a country we will stop just talking about the bond of blood between Jews and Muslims, and instead we will hold sacred the bond of life. Here in Abu Ghosh there is a bond of life. I came to share in your terrible grief, and to say how much we appreciate your sons, who truly with their bodies, and defended the grandchildren of so many people, among them also my grandson.”

“Mr. President,” said Issam, Youssef’s father, “We chose life. Clear and simple. We chose this people. This is our people. Without a doubt. We want to offer our support to the other families. We should not only be together in grief, but also in life.” and GPO

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