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Jerusalem - Thousands Attend Funeral of Four Israeli Civilians Killed In Shooting Attack [video]

Published on: September 1, 2010 07:55 AM
By:  Haaretz
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Mourners gather around the bodies of four Israelis killed in a shooting attack, during the funeral in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Beit Hagai near Hebron September 1, 2010. The four Israeli settlers were shot dead in the occupied West Bank on Tuesday in an attack that Islamist Palestinian group Hamas said was its first assault on Middle East peace talks due to start on Wednesday in Washington.  REUTERS/Baz Ratner Mourners gather around the bodies of four Israelis killed in a shooting attack, during the funeral in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Beit Hagai near Hebron September 1, 2010. The four Israeli settlers were shot dead in the occupied West Bank on Tuesday in an attack that Islamist Palestinian group Hamas said was its first assault on Middle East peace talks due to start on Wednesday in Washington.  REUTERS/Baz Ratner

Jerusalem - Thousands of people attended the funeral Wednesday of Yitzhak and Tali Ames, Kochava Even Haim and Avishai Schindler, who were killed Tuesday evening in a terror attack near Hebron.

The four were shot dead in a car. The Islamist Palestinian organization Hamas has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The families and friends of the victims gathered around the bodies at the synagogue in the settlement of Beit Hagai to pay their final respects. “I promise to raise my family and my siblings. I promise that we will all remain together. We’ll get through this. I’m sorry that I didn’t spend enough time with you,” said the Ames’ eldest son, one of their six children.

Rabbi Dov Lior of Kiryat Arba eulogized the victims saying that “this is a grave tragedy for the families, for the people of Israel and for the state. God, avenge the spilled blood of your servants.”

“There is an army, which must be used,” rabbi Lior continued. “The mistake is to think that an agreement can be reached with these terrorists. Every Jew wants peace, but these evildoers want to destroy us. We need to give them the right of return and return them to the countries from which they came.”

Mourners gather around the bodies of Israelis killed in a shooting attack, during a funeral in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Beit Hagai near Hebron September 1, 2010. Four Israeli settlers were shot dead in the occupied West Bank on Tuesday in an attack that Islamist Palestinian group Hamas said was its first assault on Middle East peace talks due to start on Wednesday in Washington.  REUTERS/Baz Ratner Mourners gather around the bodies of Israelis killed in a shooting attack, during a funeral in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Beit Hagai near Hebron September 1, 2010. Four Israeli settlers were shot dead in the occupied West Bank on Tuesday in an attack that Islamist Palestinian group Hamas said was its first assault on Middle East peace talks due to start on Wednesday in Washington.  REUTERS/Baz Ratner

Kochava’s husband, Momi Even Haim, lamented the loss of his wife, saying “My Kochava, my love, my partner, how will I say goodbye to you?”

“I’m afraid,” he continued. “I just want you to stay. Monsters, cowards, to shoot innocent civilians – only a coward would think that shooting an innocent woman was a legitimate form of warfare.”

“You and I are embarking on separate journeys. But you are not alone – you are with a group of righteous people with whom you shared a final ride,” Momi added, referring to the other victims of the attack. “I want you to know one important thing: thousands of angels are accompanying you, my righteous one. I remain behind with a giant hole in my heart.”

Avishai Schindler’s uncle, rabbi Zvi Shalva, said “during the month of Elul we get closer to God, but he wanted you closer than the rest of us. All your acquaintances, neighbors and students felt your grace and humility.”

Knesset speaker Reuven Rivlin, who participated in the funeral procession, said “the enemy can’t stand to see Israel’s achievements; they can’t stand seeing children playing in our streets. In the eyes of the enemy, there is no Green Line. There is no difference between the occupation of 1976 and that of 1948.”

“You, my brothers, are pioneers and will take part in the building of the country,” Rivlin added, addressing the settlers of the region. “This is a resounding Zionist response. Another neighborhood, another building, another life, another holiness.”

Yitzhak and Tali Ames were to be buried in Jerusalem, and Kochava Even Haim and Avishai Schindler were to be buried in Segula.

Friends and relatives attend a memorial service for four Israelis who got killed outside the Jewish settlement of Kiryat Arba on 31 August 2010, in the Beit Haggai settlement in the West Bank, on 01 September 2010. Palestinians allegedly opened fire in a drive by shooting and killed four Israelis, including a pregnant young woman.  EPA/OLIVER WEIKENFriends and relatives attend a memorial service for four Israelis who got killed outside the Jewish settlement of Kiryat Arba on 31 August 2010, in the Beit Haggai settlement in the West Bank, on 01 September 2010. Palestinians allegedly opened fire in a drive by shooting and killed four Israelis, including a pregnant young woman.  EPA/OLIVER WEIKEN




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 Sep 01, 2010 at 10:05 AM Barry521 Says:

D"E....What a sad state of affairs. This is the peace the messiah wishes to punish Israel with in order to make himself out to be a perfect saint for the Muslim world. How2 misplaced our present 'G'ovt is?
I hope Netanyahu is wiser and smarter and will not bow to the pressure of this inept, inane, diddling, whining incompetent buffoon, we have for a President. He can't find his way out of a paper bag with both ends open using a flashlight, a Czar, and a commission.

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 Sep 01, 2010 at 11:16 AM Anonymous Says:

Its important to distinguish between the murdering terrorists who committed this atrocity and the majority of Palestinians living in the west bank who simply want to support their families and not have to deal with the consequences of retaliations resulting from the actions of the few terrorists who trigger an Israeli crackdown.

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 Sep 01, 2010 at 07:48 PM Anonymous Says:

Right, #2--I used to think so too--until I saw the pictures of them dancing in the streets upon hearing this news. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Hashem yikom damam!
These "peace talks" cause only tragedy.

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 Sep 01, 2010 at 09:51 PM Anonymous Says:

#2 ,from where do you get tha tthe majority want simly want to support their families? for sure they don't want to deal with the crack down but survey after survey shows that the majority do support terrorism. esther

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