Family Mourns Victim of Palestinian Stone-Throwing Attack, Laments ‘Unbridled Hatred’ of Killers
The family of an Israeli man who was killed on Monday when his car smashed into a pole after being pelted with stones by Palestinians eulogized him as he was laid to rest on Wednesday, Israel’s Channel 2 reported.
Alexander Levlovitz, 64, was driving in Jerusalem on the eve of Rosh Hashanah when the incident occurred.
“Nothing can prepare a man for a moment like this,” said his son, Nir, at the funeral. “How can I continue on without you? Rest in the land of the state in which you were born and in which you were murdered.”
His wife, Iris, said her husband had been “taken away from us because of unbridled hatred that did not exist in your heart.”
Maya, Levlovitz’s daughter, said, “At the end of the holiday, the heavens cried. How can we part from a man like you? Who would believe this would happen to us? I salute you on the path you chose, a path which you took and you were always with us. I salute you.”
Shlomi Lavi, a family friend, said Levlovitz was a “loving father, an adoring grandfather, a supportive husband, a dear man, a role model, a man who contributed a large part of his life to help the disabled, a man who was a friend in times of crisis.”
Levlovitz had worked as an administrator for an institution serving the disabled community in Jerusalem.
His funeral, at the Givat Shaul cemetery in the capital, was attended by hundreds of friends, acquaintances and family members.
Earlier in the day, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu commented on the incident as he visited the scene of Levlovitz’s murder. “This stone [which killed Alexander] was one too many,” he said. “We are launching a war against the stone-throwers and those who throw Molotov cocktails, whoever they are.”
Netanyahu stressed that the Israeli government will be “changing our policies” on the rules of engagement with perpetrators of such attacks and on their punishment.
Police are investigating whether Levlovitz suffered cardiac arrest when his car crashed.