Hundreds Gather at Funeral of 13-Year-Old Israeli Girl Butchered in Bed by Palestinian Terrorist; Mother Asks God to Watch Over Her Daughter
Hundreds of people attended the funeral of 13-year-old Hallel Ariel, who was butchered by a Palestinian terrorist in her bedroom on Thursday morning, the Hebrew news site Walla reported.
Family members, friends and politicians gathered at the cemetery in Hebron to mourn the young girl from Kiryat Arba, and many expressed horror at the manner in which her short life was snuffed out by knife-wielding 19-year-old Muhammed Taraiyre from the town of Bani Naim in the West Bank.
Her devastated mother, Rena, wept as she eulogized her daughter, who was killed while alone in the house – as her parents had left her asleep to drop her younger siblings off at their summer activities.
“Halleli, look around at everyone who has gathered… to eulogize a flower. A pure soul. I was privileged to have given birth to you 13 and a half years ago. You turned me into a mother,” Rena said, adding as she looked heavenward: “God, I am returning this deposit to you, but know that it is crowded up there. I am begging that Hallel will be the last sacrifice. Take care of her. I returned her to you. My job has ended.”
Addressing the Palestinians, she said, “I am standing here and turning to you, Arab mother. I raised my daughter to love, and you raised your son to hate and sent him out to commit murder. We are strong. We will not break. All of Islam won’t break us.”
Hallel’s father, Amichai, said, “My beautiful, beloved girl, I am parting with you here… God gives and God takes away, may he be blessed….What a girl, among the greatest born in Hebron.”
Likud MK Yehuda Glick — an activist on behalf of the rights of Jews to pray on the Temple Mount who himself survived a Palestinian terrorist attack – burst into tears as he offered his condolences to Hallel’s grieving parents.
“Rena and Amichai, there is no person in the world who can see a young girl’s bedroom with a mattress full of blood and not cry out, ‘God Almighty, enough. Enough fathers and mothers who bury their children and children who bury their parents. Avenge the spilled blood of they servants!’” he wailed.
Education Minister Naftali Bennett, from the right-wing Jewish Home party, said, “You should not be here today. You should be with your friends, preparing a dance, or volunteering, or simply having fun in your room, enjoying your summer vacation. Instead, your friends are here with you, your mother and father and brothers and sisters, and a whole nation embracing you and crying. The whole nation: settlers, city people, religious, secular and haredim.”
Bennett also referred to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, without mentioning him by name. “There is one person responsible for this murder,” he said. “He who says about Jews in 2016 that they poison wells is personally and nationally responsible for this wound and all the terrorism rampant on our land. It’s not that he’s not a partner for peace. He’s not a partner for anything. We must make a fundamental change. We must dry up the swamp of terrorism.”
Bennett was referring to a series of blood libels that Abbas repeated last week while addressing the European Parliament in Brussels. He later retracted his accusations. But, as was reported by Palestinian Media Watch, in the immediate aftermath of Hallel Ariel’s slaying, the official Facebook page of his Fatah faction lauded the terrorist, hailing him as a “martyr.”