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November 18, 2014 3:48 pm

Druze Israeli Policeman Who Killed Terrorist Dies of His Wounds, Leaves Behind 7-Month-Old Daughter

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Jerusalem synagogue attack. Israel Police officer Zidan Sayif. Photo: Family.

Jerusalem synagogue attack. Israel Police officer Zidan Sayif. Photo: Family.

Druze Israeli Police officer Zidan Sayif, 27, died of his wounds late Tuesday, hours after a terror attack at a Jerusalem synagogue.

Family and friends at his bedside said they were proud he was the first on the scene to end the terrorist slaughter, Israel’s NRG News reported earlier in the day.

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Two Palestinian terrorists entered the Kehilat Bnei Torah synagogue on Shimon Agassi St. in the city’s religious Har Nof neighborhood at about 07:00 a.m., opened fire with a weapon and struck worshipers with a meat cleaver and knives.

Zidan and another police officer were able to shoot and kill the assailants shortly after the attack on the religious complex, located at the western edge of the capital.

His family – a clan from the western Galilee village of Yanuh-Jatt said they are filled with pride for their heroic relative who helped stop the carnage which killed four rabbis, and wounded eight other worshipers.

As he lay dying, family members at his bedside at Hadassah Hospital – Ein Kerem said they hoped “he would be the last casualty,” and prayed Zidan – who was married with a seven-month-old daughter – would pull through.

“He is in a very, very difficult situation, and unable to undergo an operation or do more than give him medication to stabilize his condition,” his uncle, Sheikh Mahmoud Sayif, said at the time. “One bullet hit him in the nose and the bullet entered his brain, and it can’t be removed yet.

“We’re praying that he will recover, in spite of what I have seen: his situation is critical… his whole family and many from the village came down here to support the family,” Sheikh Sayif added hopefully.

Family members say they had feared for Zidan’s safety since his first day on the beat in Jerusalem. They see him as a hero, but know that in the face of bullets whizzing by, there are no heroes – only casualties.

“I hope he will be the last of the wounded in this situation, and particularly in Jerusalem. It is impossible to live like this; we must find a solution because this way leads to no solution for our side or the other. The solution can only be through discussions at the negotiating table,” Sheikh Sayif said before Zidan passed away. “I hope he’s the last casualty.”

Earlier, Sheikh Muafik Tarif, the spiritual leader of the Druze community, spoke with Zidan’s family. “The Druze all pray for peace and we pray for recovery of all the injured, and send strength to their families,” Tarif said.

Many members of the Druze community serve in the security forces, including the police, IDF, and Shin Bet – Israel Security Agency, and are engaged in defense and counter-terrorism daily, Tarif noted.

“We are proud of our sons who act fearlessly in the face of terrorist attacks,” Tarif said. “This is a black day for Israeli society and the State of Israel, when its citizens are murdered just for being Jewish.

“The Druze community condemns with revulsion the act of terrorism in which a Palestinian terrorist massacred and slaughtered innocent civilians. Such a situation, in which the country’s citizens are murdered on a daily basis, cannot continue,” Tarif said, and praised Israel’s security forces.

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  • hanina

    I am in awe. A very brave man. What a waste of life for him to leave this earth.

  • Druze Israeli Policeman, Zidan Seif, played a key role in saving the lives of many worshippers during the Har Nof massacre last week. Sadly he died of his wounds after. My friend Sam has set up a fund to help his family. He was only 30 and leaves a young widow and a four month old daughter. Please donate and share the link widely.

    http://www.onefamilyuk.org/fundraising-page/the-zidan-seif-fund/

  • Andy

    Druze Poilceman Zidan Sayif is a hero to all Israelis and to all who support it and a testament to the fact that Israel is not an apartheid state.

  • mario hut

    The children of Israel and the children of Jetro fight a common foe that threatens both and every human being on the face of earth. Isis in Syria Hamas in Israel are very much the same…only cosmetic differences between them
    If Islam is the disease heroes like Zidan are their cure.
    Zidan you bring great honour to your family and people

  • MANNY JAKEL

    I CRY FOR YOU, ZIDAN SAYIT AND FOR YOUR BELOVED FAMILY. YOU DIDN’T HAVE TO GIVE YOUR ALL BUT YOU DID AND SO I WILL PRAY FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY WHERE MAYBE WE WILL ALL MEET IN A BETTER PLACE ONE DAY WHERE THOSE LIKE YOU AND I WILL HAVE A CHANCE TO MEET IN A BETTER PLACE.
    FOR THOSE ARAB LUNATICS WHO DID THIS MAY YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILIES SUFFER THE GRIEF AND TORMENT OF THE FAMILY OF ZIDAN SAYIT AND MAY THEY GO THROUGH ALL OF THE PAIN AND GRIEF. YOU BROUGHT THIS UPON YOURSELVES, DESPOILERS OF CIVILIZATION OF ALL HUMANKIND. PUNISHMENT AWAITS ALL OF YOU.

  • Julie

    This brave man didn’t think twice about rushing into the line of fire and saving other human lives, and his wife and baby should be comforted by his amazing heroism. Now the whole world knows exactly what kind of person he was. He is an honor to his people, his country, and his family.

  • Prof Asher J Matathias

    Vigils were held world-wide for the victims, those four wantonly perishing while at prayer, and for the recovery of eight more, some in critical condition. Tehilim were also recited before the cast rehearsed for tomorrow’s opening of Fiddle on the Roof, at the Bayswater Jewish Center. The connection between the pogroms of yesteryear in czarist Russia and the contemporary threats faced by Jews is eery. Apparently, the existence of Israel is still not settled in many minds; more, the extermination of Jewish lives continues to be applauded in some quarters (Gaza Hamas, Iran’s leaders, and elsewhere), making the possibility of settlement of the Palestinian issue a tragic mirage.

  • Respect pour lui et condoléances à ses proches.

  • Shira

    May the soul of Zidan Sayif be bound up in the bond of life, and may his memory be a blessing, together with all who mourn for all who are needlessly murdered as the hero he was, and all who are slain in hatred and cruelty. May the source of life help us restore the peace of Jerusalem and Israel.

  • Dan

    I am a Jew and he is a hero in my book.

  • Bob Johnson

    I recommend that the IDF have a 48 hour cessation of morality,ethics and restraint !!!

    • msr

      You are being sarcastic … right?

  • Emanuel

    I’m heartbroken when the State Department wants to obscure and deny the truth of real Arab Israeli men and women fighting and dying to protect Israel as a Jewish state and all the WH cares about is what CNN headlines “2 Palestinians Shot” they never cared to ask who shot them or why. May his memory be a blessing. As a human being I am proud of this man and happy he did his job and saved lives in Israel. HE is a HERO and his story should be told.

  • Trish

    My deepest condolences to the family of this heroic police officer, and my respect to the Druze community as a whole. I am so sorry for your loss of such a brave son and husband with his whole life before him. May G-d receive him in Paradise and may G-d comfort his family and clan.

  • Anna

    Thank you to Zidan Sayif for your heroic act that saved other Israelis from more tragic deaths and injuries. I send my deepest condolences to your family and friends who have lost you. May you be remembered and honored always, and may you rest in peace. And may your family be provided for and protected.

  • G Bern

    Pointless murder of a fine man by hate fuelled Muslims. When will Muslims understand that terror and violence will bring no rewards?
    Condolences to his family and friends.

  • shloime

    may god bless him and his family, and help them in their time of sorrow.

  • Jonah

    Everyone in that synagogue should be wearing side arms. These incidents are going to increase, it’s like an American horror movie the individuals are never armed and are stating Ducks for the Islamic Freddy Crougars. Arm all the Jewish citizens with 44mag side arms and and then send hatchets to the Palestinians. Once some of these crazys attack a school yard it will be open season on anyone who resembles Yasser Arrafat. Be sure the mothers are armed. A mother will instinctivly protect her children like a lion. The liberal politicians have to weight the benefits of allowing their citizens to protect themselves from Islamic animals against being internationally politically correct. In their eyes does it seem fairer if Israeli blood is being shed along with Palestinian blood? You cannot expect the liberals to protect you. Arm your selves and declare open season on anyone who screams Allaaah Akbar.

  • Mati

    Our hearts and souls go out to Zidan’s family. We thank the whole Druse community for their bravery, courage and loyalty for standing up against terrorists who aim to continue slaughtering civilians and to destroy the state of Israel. What a terrible loss for Zidan’s wife, family and little daughter. But, she will grow up knowing that her father was a hero. May G-d comfort Zidan’s family and the whole Druse community.

  • Stephen Logan

    Everyday, Israelis defend themselves and the world against terrorists.

    Mr. Sayif was not Jewish but he knew that murderers must be stopped, at whatever cost. What an example he has set for the world.

    What a hero! What an example. His family and friends are right to be proud.

    We should remember Mr. Sayif and know that with G-d’s help we can and will overcome.

  • nelson marans

    With the continuing increase in terrorist attacks against Israelis, that have resulted in deaths and injuries, it is time to resort, with prior warning, to the use of live ammunition to discourage these criminals. There is no reason for Israelis to suffer from what until now has been a one-sided conflict.

  • Grantman

    May God bless his soul and may his memory be a blessing.

  • Elad Lending

    All the respect, sympathy, and condolences to the family and Druze community in Israel, our brothers in arms.

  • RiverKing

    John 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

  • Sandy

    I am so sorry for your loss as well as the others that were massacred, today. Our hearts and prayers go out too all the families of this tragedy.

  • Sunshine

    The Druze are good people. Very sad… what to say?

  • The palestinian movement wants to make israel look like the one that starts all the trouble in the world but it always attacks the innocent and religious leaders. It is a coward that does that. And when they make these attacks they are not brave enough to show their face. Always wearing a mask. The only way to win a fight like that is to be just as nasty as your opponent. I am a disabled vet I have seen war and I have seen the effect trying to placate the enemy. I spent time in europe during my time in service and saw what the germans did in ww2. That is why israel won’t back down now. They lost so much during that time that is why they are strong and determined to hold on to what they have now. And we should support them now and stand with them.

  • Valentina Perakh

    The bags of the terrorist’s body should be send back to their relatives with a PIG head in the bag! They behave as pig so they deserve to be buried as a pig!This type of treatment will make next Muslim think several times before they go for terror attack!Worn every terrorist for this treatment! Their relatives will be ashamed ,not proud of they sons. One such a case can do the job!

  • Inge Johnson

    Our hearts and prayers are with your family.
    Inge Johnson, California

  • art

    the gov and people MUST take care of the baby. Israel must thank the Druze and open our hearts to them

  • NCS

    Zidan was a hero. Prayers for his family and gratitude for his bravery.

  • Mohammed’s Keffiyeh

    Islam is a disease and the Palestinians are the sickest of the bunch.

  • Elke Blinick

    Baruch Hashem. RIP. A real hero. Not a soccer hero or ice hockey hero.

  • erica

    May his memory be a blessing. Rest in Peace friend.

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