Hamas Terrorists Murder Four Jews In Shooting Attack Near Hevron
August 31, 2010
Four Jews Murdered in Arab Terror Attack Near HevronElul 22, 5770, 01 September 10 12:05by Gil Ronen, Hillel Fendel and Elad Benari
(Israelnationalnews.com) Palestinian terrorists murdered four Jewish civilians in a shooting attack at the Bani Naim junction just south of Hevron Tuesday evening. Emergency service paramedics could do nothing to save the victims whose bodies were riddled with bullets. The terrorists reportedly made sure their victims were dead by shooting them from close range after the initial fusillade.
The victims are a husband and wife, parents of ten, and two passengers. Their names were cleared for publication Tuesday night by local police:
The four were all citizens of Beit Hagai.
A Zaka volunteer who arrived on the scene broke down in tears when he neared the car and discovered that one of the victims was his wife. The IDF is combing the area, searching for the terrorists.
One of the victims had a license for a gun that was suspended shortly before the attack. Itamar Ben-Gvir and Baruch Marzel said at the scene that serious soul-searching must be done "in order to find out how it is that Jews are deprived of the basic right to defend themselves."
Hamas took "credit" for the terror attack.
The terror attack is typical of Arab "resistance" attacks that intentionally target civilian victims. A survey carried out by a PA organization in early August found that among the Arab public in the Palestinian Authority, over 55% view violence as either essential or desirable, nearly 31% see it as either acceptable or tolerable, and only 13.7% say it is unacceptable.
The attack was probably timed to coincide with and affect the direct talks between Israel and the PA in Washington, D.C., that are to begin Thursday. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said upon landing in Washington that the talks would proceed as planned, despite the murders.
The scene of the attack.
Bullets smashed through the windshield.
Shooting Victims BuriedElul 22, 5770, 01 September 10 06:07by Maayana Miskin
(Israelnationalnews.com) The victims of the Tuesday night terrorist attack near Hevron – Yitzchak Imas, his wife Talia Imas, Kokhava Even-Chaim, and Avishai Shindler – were buried Wednesday. The funeral procession began in Beit Chagai. As the town does not have its own cemetery, the burials were conducted in various cities around Israel.
Yitzchak and Talia Imas, parents of six children, were buried in the Mount of Olives (Har Hazeitim) cemetery in Jerusalem.
Their daughter Rut eulogized them, saying, "For 19 years you raised me... G-d, thank you for giving me wonderful parents." She recalled their 25th wedding anniversary just two weeks earlier, "You promised you would reach your golden anniversary as well."
"Mother, I promise to look over our family, to keep doing the things that were important to you, and to keep the family together," she added. "I'll be there for the little ones, who will grow up with no mother or father."
Kokhava Even-Chaim was buried in Ashdod. Her husband Momi spoke at her funeral. "I can't believe that I'm reading a goodbye letter to you, my wife, my beloved, the mother of our family. I've been to so many funerals, I want you to stay here with us."
He spoke of the terrorists who murdered Kokhava and three others, saying, "Evil cowards, who harm innocent civilians... Only wicked people could call that war."
Speaking to his wife, he said, "We are not the ones accompanying you. You are accompanied by the angels you created by the learning of a daily page of Gemara, by saying Tehillim [Psalms] - just in the past two weeks you finished the book of Psalms 22 times – and by the angels you created by guarding your speech. Few people know that you led a group of women committed to avoiding speaking ill of others."
Ten-year-old Hodaya, Kokhava's daughter, spoke at the funeral as well. "You always took care of me. When something happened to me, you would leave everything and come. You taught me to be righteous. I want you to come back to me."
Avishai's uncle spoke at his funeral in Petach Tikva, "G-d wanted you close to Him, closer than any of us. We also wanted you close, but the one true Judge had different plans." He recalled his nephew's kindness, calm disposition and humility.
Knesset speaker Reuven Rivlin joined the mourners in Beit Chagai. "Terrorists see no 'green line,'" he said, referring to the 1949 armistice line which devides Judea and Samaria from the rest of Israel.
"Now, while our dead still lie before us, is not the time for national soul-searching," he continued. "All I will say to you, Yitzchak, Talia, Kokhi and Avishai, is that you shall find comfort in the building of Jerusalem and of the land of Israel."
Education Minister Gidon Saar spoke as well. "The tears we shed today are not only in our eyes; the heart weeps as well. The entire nation mourns, there is great pain over the tragedy that occurred last night. What cruelty, what murderous inhumanity, that turns on innocent civilians, on the mothers and fathers of children, including Kokhava – may G-d avenge her blood – who leaves behind a husband, a daughter and parents."