Father of Slain 19-Year-Old Border Policewoman at Funeral: ‘How Can I Part With You?’
Hundreds of mourners attended the funeral on Thursday afternoon of the Israeli Border Policewoman who died of wounds sustained during Wednesday’s shooting and stabbing attack in east Jerusalem, the Hebrew news site nrg reported.
Nineteen-year-old Cpl. Hadar Cohen was buried at the Yehud military cemetery, with family, friends, comrades and government officials in attendance. Also there to pay her last respects was Ravit Mirishvili, the other Border Policewoman who was wounded in the attack.
“She saved my life,” Mirishvili told Prime Minister Netanyahu, who visited her in the hospital earlier that day, according to nrg.
At the gravesite, Cohen’s father read the mourners’ kaddish and burst into tears. “My darling daughter, how am I supposed to part with you?” he wailed.
“My dearest Hadari, our dearest. From being only ours, you have become dear to the entire people of Israel,” her sister, Mor, eulogized. “I cannot believe it. How can one react to those awful knocks at the door [breaking the news of your having been wounded in the attack]? I prayed to God that he would bring you back to us. A girl with a captivating smile. Always a leader … I love you. Maybe I wasn’t there for you enough. You gave me a lot of strength. You were the light of our household. Yesterday, you blocked the hateful and hate-filled terrorists with your body and soul…You took on the terrorist without thinking of the family. The people of Israel were what you saw in front of your eyes at the moment.”
She was referring to the fact that Cohen, who had only just been recruited into the Border Police two months earlier, managed “to prevent a much more wide-scale terrorist attack,” according to the deputy commander of the Border Police, who also gave a eulogy at the funeral.
“I salute you, [Hadar],” he said.
The attack took place near the entrance to the Damascus Gate of the Old City of Jerusalem at around 2 p.m., when three Palestinians from the West Bank – armed with knives, guns and pipe bombs – were stopped by Border Police and asked for their ID cards.