Families of Terror Victims Call for Vengeance as New Details on Barkan Attack Emerge
JNS.org – New details of the fatal terror attack against three Israelis at the Barkan Industrial Park on Sunday morning are coming to light as parents of the deceased call for vengeance.
“Every terrorist should know he would be executed and that his family will suffer for his crimes,” the father of murdered Alon Group employee Kim Levengrond Yehezkel, Rafael, said at her funeral. “These people spit into the well they drink from, so maybe they don’t deserve to drink.”
Levengrond Yehezkel, a 29-year-old mother of an 18-month-old son who worked as a secretary to the CEO of Alon Group, was killed around 7:30 a.m., along with 35-year-old accountant Ziv Hagbi, by 23-year-old Ashraf Wallid Suleiman Na’alwa, who worked as an electrician for the company.
According to new reports, before Na’alwa fatally shot Levengrond Yehezkel and Hagbi, moderately wounding 54-year-old Sara Vaturi, he forced a 20-year-old Arab cleaner from Shechem to tie Levengrond Yehezkel’s hands behind her back with zip ties.
The cleaner, who was subsequently questioned by Shin Bet security services but not arrested, told authorities that Na’alwa threatened to kill him if he did not comply, then gave him seconds to escape.
Vaturi said that after she was shot in the stomach, she managed to flee the room and hide under her desk. She was found by two stockroom workers—one Arab and one Jew—who took care of her until paramedics arrived.
When news began to emerge that workers at the Alon Group were shot, Rafael Levengrond raced to the scene and saw the aftermath of the slaughter with his own eyes.
“Policemen attempted to pull me away, but after I saw her, I couldn’t leave,” said Levengrond. At the funeral, he apologized to his daughter for being unable to protect her from the terrorist.
“I am sorry I was not with you. Unfortunately, I did not manage to get there in time,” he said. “I promise you that [your husband and son] Guy and Kai will receive everything they need. I promise that I will take care of them like I always took care [of you]. You can rest in peace.”
At the funeral, Minister of Communications Ayoub Kara, a friend of the family, lamented that terrorists were not eligible for a death penalty in Israel. “It is a dark day,” said Kara. “I came to represent the government of Israel and to express solidarity with this dear family. I came to tell her husband and her baby, who will never again see his mother, I am sorry. I tried to advance a law to give the death penalty to terrorists, but I have not succeeded.”
Iris Hagbi, the mother of Ziv Hagbi, also called for the death of the terrorists.
“I want to convey a message—I wish none of the terrorists remain alive,” she said. “The terrorist’s family should suffer. He shortened the lives of the people there. He should be killed.”
Hagbi, a husband and father-of-three children, was laid to rest on Monday in Moshav Nir Yisrael. Kim was buried late Sunday in Rosh Ha’ayin.