Israeli Rabbi, father of 6, deliberately murdered by Palestinian terrorist from Islamic Jihad

Israel Insider (www.israelinsider.com) reports that a Palestinian terrorist from the Islamic Jihad has murderer an Israeli Rabbi, father of 6:

A Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist ambushed and killed Rabbi Yitzhak Arama, 40, spiritual leader of the Netzer Hazani community in Gush Katif, as he drove with his wife and six children on the Kisufim corridor road in Gaza.

An Israel Defence Forces unit came under fire after responding to the attack. A Red Star of David ambulance arrived at the scene and found Arama critically wounded, and was unable to save his life.

The Arama family was enroute to the pre-wedding celebration for the brother of Itamar Yefet, an 18-year-old Israeli who was shot and killed near the same place about two years ago.

The Gush Katif local website, Katif.net, published the following preliminary report: "Heavy mourning has fallen upon Moshav Netzer Hazani and on Gush Katif. Rabbi Yitzchak Arama left a wife, six children, and a large moshav seeking their father who ascended today in a storm to heaven. Rabbi Arama served as an anchor and a support for the extended Netzer Hazani family, which suffered a number of losses to terrorist attacks in the past two years, including children wounded by a mortar shell that landed in a clubhouse, and the murders of Itamar Yefet and Mrs. Ettie Fahima".

This is the kind of murder regularly executed by Palestinian terrorists that won't even be mentioned in your local news. Or if it is, it will be heavily presented through a moral equivalency lens: the Palestinian murderer and the victim will be mentioned in the same breath - something like "Israeli Settler and Palestinian gunman killed in Israel" (the "Settler" is the Rabbi who was minding his own business, and the "Gunman" is the Palestinian son of a mutant pig who's only purpose is to murder men, woman and children).

I copy the full article below.





Israeli army trisects Gaza after terrorist kills community rabbi
By israelinsider staff December 20, 2002
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A Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist ambushed and killed Rabbi Yitzhak Arama, 40, spiritual leader of the Netzer Hazani community in Gush Katif, as he drove with his wife and six children on the Kisufim corridor road in Gaza.

An Israel Defence Forces unit came under fire after responding to the attack. A Red Star of David ambulance arrived at the scene and found Arama critically wounded, and was unable to save his life.

The Arama family was enroute to the pre-wedding celebration for the brother of Itamar Yefet, an 18-year-old Israeli who was shot and killed near the same place about two years ago.

The Gush Katif local website, Katif.net, published the following preliminary report: "Heavy mourning has fallen upon Moshav Netzer Hazani and on Gush Katif. Rabbi Yitzchak Arama left a wife, six children, and a large moshav seeking their father who ascended today in a storm to heaven. Rabbi Arama served as an anchor and a support for the extended Netzer Hazani family, which suffered a number of losses to terrorist attacks in the past two years, including children wounded by a mortar shell that landed in a clubhouse, and the murders of Itamar Yefet and Mrs. Ettie Fahima, may G-d avenge their blood."

The statement continued: "Rabbi Arama gave encouragement and strength, and there was no question that he and his family would take part in the pre-wedding Shabbat of Itamar's brother in northern Israel, as these families grew so very close after the tragedy of two years ago. One single bullet hit the pure heart of Rabbi Yitzchak Arama."

Rabbi Arama was a direct descendant of the 15th-century Torah-and-Rashi commentator of the same name, author of the famed Akeidat Yitzchak. The victim was said by one resident to be an "unbelievable combination of the ultimate in humility and Torah knowledge."

His funeral will be held this afternoon in his parents' hometown of Herzliya.

The Gaza Coast Regional Council issued the following statement: "Both in Hevron and in Gush Katif, the footsteps of the murderers continue to lead back to the Supreme Court, which since the beginning of the war has prevented the razing of buildings along the Kisufim route. It has thus encouraged -- perhaps not intentionally -- the murderers of Rabbi Arama.... We call upon those in charge to wake up and prove that Jewish lives are worth more than fraudulent 'ethical norms.'"

Other residents said that they have repeatedly demanded that the army take down the buildings along the road, behind which the murderous terrorists have repeatedly taken refuge to fire on and murder Israelis. Yisrael Beiteinu leader MK Avigdor Lieberman joined the call today for the demolition of the structures.

MK Tzvi Hendel (National Union), a long-time resident of the area, said today, "It is way past time for us to finally dismantle the Palestinian Authority, send all the murderers and their leaders back to Tunis, and restore responsibility for Israel's security to the IDF... [Labor Party leader] Amram Mitzna freely lets the blood of the Gush Katif residents by inciting from every street corner against the pioneering Zionist residents of this area. He promises the Arabs that in exchange for their terrorism, he will run away again and unilaterally withdraw from Gaza. He thus encourages the terrorists to murder the Jewish residents."

The Islamic Jihad terrorist group claimed credit for the shooting in a call to the AP.

The army has reportedly surrounded the gunman in a nearby building in the Dir-a-Bala neighborhood.

Posted by David Melle
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So sorry to hear of this.
Deepest consolences from a namesake in the UK

Posted by: Michel Arama at November 20, 2003 03:51 PM


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