Israeli Father Murdered in Palestinian Terror Attack Laid to Rest in Jerusalem
Yotam Ovadia, the 31-year-old Israeli man who was murdered in a Palestinian stabbing attack in Adam on Thursday, was laid to rest on Friday at the Givat Shaul cemetery in Jerusalem.
Hundreds of family members, friends and dignitaries attended the funeral of Ovadia, a married father of two sons, including a seven-month-old.
“Our hearts break at the sound of your little son calling, ‘daddy, daddy,’” Ovadia’s father-in-law said in a eulogy on Friday. “We want to ask for your forgiveness if we wronged you. We all wanted only good for you. Thank you for what you were for your beloved children and for you beloved wife, Tal.”
Ovadia’s uncle said, “I will not forget all the Shabbats with you, you with your shy look with a smile as you looked from the side. Why have you been taken from us? You were murdered by a lowlife. You were a source of pride for your parents, an exemplary family man, modest, and kind. Many were captivated by your charm. You always knew how to make everyone smile and to be happy. Thank you for who you were for us. We love and miss you.”
Government minister Yariv Levin said, “We are standing before you, Yotam, in pain and suffering and a whole nation is mourning together with us. Yotam, a family man, a devoted husband and father. You life was taken from us yesterday for one reason: because you were Jewish.”
“I was told that you were on your way to prepare for your wife, Tal, a meal for Tu B’Av,” Levin continued. “This beautiful act attests to your character and to your love that prevailed in your home.”
In a Facebook post, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, “In the name of the people of Israel, I would like to send my condolences to the family of Yotam Ovadia, may his memory be blessed, who was murdered in a terror attack last night in the Adam community.”
“Yotam left behind his wife, Tal, and his two children, Harel and Itay,” Netanyahu added. “We are all praying for the health of the other people wounded in the attack. May Yotam’s memory be blessed and ingrained in our hearts forever.”
In a tweet, US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman called out Palestinian leaders for failing to condemn the attack.
Shocked to hear of the brutal terror attack in Adam that left 31 year-old Yotam Ovadia dead and two others injured. My heartfelt prayers for all the families. All life is sacred, but premeditated murder cries out for condemnation. Not hearing it from Palestinian leadership.
— David M. Friedman (@USAmbIsrael) July 27, 2018