Wednesday, February 20th | 15 Adar I 5779

January 11, 2018 4:32 pm

Terror Victim’s Funeral Includes Calls to Legalize West Bank Outpost He Lived in

avatar by

Email a copy of "Terror Victim’s Funeral Includes Calls to Legalize West Bank Outpost He Lived in" to a friend

Friends and family attend the funeral of terror victim Rabbi Raziel Shevach the Havat Gilad outpost, Jan. 10, 2018. Photo: Miriam Alster / Flash90. – Hundreds of mourners on Wednesday attended the funeral of Rabbi Raziel Shevach, a resident of the West Bank settlement outpost of Havat Gilad who was killed in a drive-by shooting terror attack near his home Jan. 9.

Shevach, 35, was survived by his wife and six children, the youngest of whom is 8-months-old. He was buried in a cemetery that was freshly established for his funeral.

Yossi Dagan, head of the Samaria Regional Council, said in a eulogy for Shevach that “despicable, sickening murderers, the scourge of the human race, stole a giant soul from us. Rabbi Raziel did not die of cancer, he didn’t succumb to influenza. He was murdered because he was a Jew living in the Land of Israel.”

Dagan urged Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman to retroactively legalize Havat Gilad in response to the terror attack that killed Shevach. The outpost, which numbers about 100 residents, is currently classified as illegal because it is situated on land that the Palestinians claim as part of a future Palestinian state. Dagan also called for more housing permits in the area. Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett’s eulogy for Shevach also included a call to legalize the outpost and step up construction there.

Related coverage

February 19, 2019 4:57 pm

Gantz Unveils Party List, Lapid Says Unity Deal Still ‘on the Table’

Former IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz unveiled on Tuesday the Knesset candidates list of his new party Israel Resilience...

Shevach’s brother, Barel, said the terror victim “wanted to see Havat Gilad, which you loved and where you settled your family, evolve, blossom and prosper. But a cursed, lowlife terrorist got in the way of your aspirations.”

“We are at war and you are a victim of war,” said Samaria Regional Council Chief Rabbi Elyakim Levanon. “This is a war between the sons of darkness and the sons of light. To anyone looking for a sign of light, you, Raziel, are the sign….The government of Israel must rise up against its enemies.”

Share this Story: Share On Facebook Share On Twitter Email This Article

Let your voice be heard!

Join the Algemeiner