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January 9, 2017 1:21 pm

Thousands Attend Funerals of 4 IDF Soldiers Killed in Horrific Jerusalem Truck-Ramming Attack

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 20-year-old Lt. Yael Yekutiel of Givatayim; 22-year-old cadet Shir Hajaj of Ma’aleh Adumim; 20-year-old cadet Shira Tzur of Haifa; and 20-year-old Erez Orbach of Alon Shvut. Photo: Facebook.

(Clockwise from top) 20-year-old Erez Orbach of Alon Shvut, 20-year-old cadet Shira Tzur of Haifa, 22-year-old cadet Shir Hajaj of Ma’aleh Adumim and 20-year-old Lt. Yael Yekutiel of Givatayim. Photo: Facebook.

Thousands of Israelis attended the funerals on Monday of each of the four IDF soldiers killed in the previous day’s truck-ramming attack in Jerusalem, Hebrew news outlets reported.

The soldiers, participants in an officers’ course who were killed during an educational tour in the nation’s capital by a terrorist who Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced was a supporter of ISIS, were: 20-year-old Lt. Yael Yekutiel of Givatayim; 22-year-old cadet Shir Hajaj of Ma’aleh Adumim; 20-year-old cadet Shira Tzur of Haifa; and 20-year-old cadet Erez Orbach of Alon Shvut.

At Yael Yekutiel’s burial at the Kiryat Shaul cemetery in Tel Aviv, where her father wept as he recited the mourner’s kaddish, her older sister gave a tearful eulogy, the Hebrew news site nrg reported.

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“You were an emissary of love and tranquility…You were the family glue,” the sister said.

Her distraught parents, Yaakov and Sheli, who thanked the crowd for coming to pay their last respects, addressed their murdered daughter: “What will we do without you?”

Earlier in the day, Shir Hajaj was buried at the Mount Herzl military cemetery in Jerusalem. Her cousin gave a eulogy in which she said, “Beloved Shir, dear and special, modest, full of wisdom and maturity projecting from your pretty eyes. One look was enough to understand who you were, to see all the goodness and love you had.”

Hajaj’s sister added: “Words can’t describe the pain…I will tell my [future] children and grandchildren about their amazing aunt. I will remember you forever.”

The funerals of Shira Tzur, laid to rest at the military cemetery in Haifa, and Erez Urbach, buried at the Kfar Etzion cemetery, were closed to the press at the families’ requests.

As The Algemeiner reported, Israeli police on Monday dismantled a mourning tent set up by the family of the terrorist — 28-year-old Fadi al-Qanbar from the Jabel Mukaber neighborhood of east Jerusalem — who was shot dead while in the act of committing the truck-ramming attack at the Armon Hanatziv promenade in which the four soldiers were killed and another 15 were wounded.

Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza took to the streets and social media on Sunday to celebrate the attack, saying it was proof that the “Jerusalem Intifada” was not over — referring to the recent lull in the surge of terrorism that began in September 2015.

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