Barely a month after the murder of Rabbi Raziel Shevach Hy’d near Havat Gilad in the Shomron (Samaria) and another murder has taken place. Yesterday afternoon , Rabbi Itamar Ben-Gal Hy’d was murdered by an Arab terrorist as he waited for a ride at a hitch-hiking station at the entrance to Ariel.
The victim has been identified as 29-year-old Itamar Ben-Gal, a resident of the community of Har Bracha in Samaria. Ben-Gal, a father of four, was an educator who was official teacher (Ra’m) of 8th grade boys at the Bnei Akiva Yeshiva in Givat Shmuel, and also taught at the Har Bracha Yeshiva.
The stabbing attack occurred at a popular hitchhiking spot near Jerusalem Boulevard in Ariel just before 2:30 p.m. The terrorist, an Israeli Arab from Yaffo, stabbed the victim from the back, penetrating his upper chest and wounding him fatally.
MDA paramedics and IDF medics were dispatched to the scene and treated the victim before evacuating him in critical condition to Beilinson Medical Center in Petah Tikva. The victim was declared dead shortly after his arrival at the hospital.
Initial reports indicate the terrorist fled the scene immediately after the stabbing. An IDF officer who witnessed the attack rammed the terrorist with his car, but failed to neutralize the terrorist.
Chillingly, the two murdered Rabbis appear in the same photo:
The terrorist was identified as an Arab from the Israeli city of Yafo (Jaffa), right next to Tel Aviv. No “oppressed Palestinian” he, just a regular guy from the center of the country who hates Jews:
Rabbi Itamar Ben-Gal, 29, father of four, was on his way to his nephew’s brit around 2:30 Monday afternoon, standing on the sidewalk outside the Ariel settlement a short distance away from a bus stop, a bag at his feet and a jacket over his white, buttoned-down shirt. He didn’t seem to notice 19-year-old Abed al-Karim Adel Asi, an Israeli-Arab, who got out of a yellow mini-van on the other side of the heavily trafficked road with a knapsack slung over his shoulder. Nor did Ben-Gal see Asi when he stood on the curb, pulled out a knife before crossing the highway, ran the last few steps toward Gal, and then suddenly, stabbed him in the area of the chest a few times.
Although mortally wounded, Ben-Gal ran across the street, as did the terrorist. Ben-Gal banged on the closed door of a bus that stood by the curb, before fainting.
An IDF officer driving by saw the stabbing attack and hit the assailant with his car. The assailant was still able to flee the scene with the help of a vehicle that had been waiting for him.
But as the assailant fled he dropped the knife and his bag with his identity card inside, identifying him as living in the Tel Aviv-Jaffa area. His mother is an Israeli-Arab from Haifa and his father is Palestinian from Nablus, which is close to Ariel.
The IDF said it was searching for the terrorist, but as of press time had still not captured the suspect.
A security camera video that captured the actual moment of the attack was circulated on social media and by news agencies.
WARNING: Shocking video:
The Arab terrorist took advantage of his blue Israeli identity card in order to travel to Ariel and carry out his vile act:
Assi used his blue Israeli ID card to spend time on both sides of the Green Line. His father lives in Nablus and his mother lives in Haifa.
Assi had also received social service assistance, including at the Shanti Home in Tel Aviv for at-risk youth.
The facility’s coordinator, Hilit Levy, told Channel 10 that she was “shocked” to hear the news. She said that Assi had decided to leave the home in November 2016 after staff told him he could no longer continue making weekly visits to his family in Nablus.
“He came from a broken family that did not support him,” Levy added.
The coordinator said they had made sure he was an Israeli citizen prior to taking him in and that the incident would not stop them from assisting minorities, regardless.
The Welfare Ministry released a statement Monday evening saying Assi “was known to social services.”
“Over the years, attempts were made to help the young man who was abandoned by his parents,” the statement said, adding that the 19-year-old had more than once left the housing and rehabilitation programming in which he had been participating.
So – just to make sure we get this story straight – this was no “oppressed” “Palestinian” “refugee” suffering from any “occupation”. This was an Israeli Arab who was rejected by his own Arab family, was taken in by an Israeli Jewish organization designed to help the less fortunate. He received assistance from the Israeli (i.e. Jewish) government.
And to repay this kindness and generosity he took a knife, with murder in his heart, travelled by car provided by another Arab terrorist, to a Jewish town in the Jewish heartland of the Shomron, in order to murder Jews.
Such nice people. Let’s give them a state.
Rav Itamar Ben-Gal Hy’d, aged only 29 but already a respected and successful educator, left a widow and 4 very small children. His wife said:
In a statement late Monday evening, Ben-Gal’s wife Miriam said she lost her husband “on the land of Israel”
“I am here in my home, a home that my husband will not return to. Tomorrow we will bury him here in Har Bracha, a community that he loved dearly and wanted to develop. ”
Such a huge loss for the family and for the nation. May the memory of Rav Itamar Ben-Gal be for a blessing. May his family know no more sorrow and may they be comforted amongst the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.
ברוך דיין אמת.