Mother follows her daughter, fallen soldier, joins police

August 20, 2021 by TPS
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In a moving moment, Israel Police Commissioner Yaakov Shabtai yesterday officially admitted Geula Malka into the force, following in the footsteps of her daughter, the late Border Police troop Hadas Malka, who was killed in a terror attack in the line of duty.

Police Commissioner Yaakov Shabtai (L) and Geula Malka. (Israel Police)

Geula, who recently graduated from law school, enlisted in the Israel Police and will serve as a police prosecutor.

In February 2016, three Arab terrorists armed with guns and knives attacked Border Police troops securing the Damascus Gate area in Jerusalem. The troops neutralized two of the terrorists, when the third who managed to escape towards the Nablus Gate, attacked Hadas with a knife.

Hadas was evacuated in critical condition to Hadassah Mount Scopus Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. She was 23 years old.

Hadar Cohen

19-year-old Hadar Cohen was also killed in the shooting and stabbing attack.

Four years later, her mother Geula became a policewoman.

“This is the most exciting moment I have had since the beginning of my time as Commissioner,” said Shabtai. “It is a great privilege to stand by your side four years after you lost Hadas, a heroic border fighter who became a symbol of power and love for the country, as your swear allegiance to the police.”

Malka said at the swearing-in ceremony said that her recent studies “have also been a lifeline for me and a way to survive the worst of all.”

“Among other things, they led me to close the circle and touch on the organization and the idea that were very important to my dear daughter, in that today, I chose to enlist in that organization as an intern in the Southern Prosecution Unit,” she added.


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