(JNS.org) The three Israeli victims of Tuesday’s Palestinian terror attack in the community of Har Adar, near Jerusalem, were laid to rest Wednesday in separate funerals.
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.