A week after the terror attack in which his son Shalom Yohai was murdered, Rabbi Uri Sherki said at a Memorial Day service on Mount Herzl in Jerusalem that while the death of his son was an unimaginable tragedy, it brought together Israelis of all backgrounds. “Thousands of people of all kinds visited my house. There was a great awakening among all Israelis, regardless of their background, the groups they belonged to, or anything else,” he said.

Shalom Yohai Sherki, who was murdered in a terrorist attack in Jerusalem last week, was on Monday officially recognized by the State of Israel as a victim of terrorism. The 26 year old was initially injured when a Palestinian Arab driver deliberately rammed his car into a Jerusalem bus stop. He was taken to hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries. Another victim, 20-year-old Shira Klein, was seriously injured in the attack. The driver, a 37-year-old Palestinian from Arab neighborhoods of Jerusalem, was arrested and interrogated by police. He was later named as Khaled Kutina.

On Thursday night, police announced their suspicions that the “car accident” was indeed a terror attack, with evidence from the scene including the way the car struck the bus stop where the two were waiting strengthening that assessment. Police chief Yohanan Danino later confirmed that the incident was indeed a terrorist attack, ruling out initial suggestions that it had been an accident.

Speaking at a Memorial Day service sponsored by the Almagor terror victims organization, Rabbi Sherki said despite the tragedy, Israelis needed to remain united and optimistic about the future. “Our enemies are seeking to not only harm us, but to demoralize those of us who remain. The murdered, the terror victims, want us to be happy in life,” he added. “I am sure that my son would not want us to run away from life, but to embrace it. For this we need a strong Israel, that will be able to supply the right response to terrorists. That would include,” he added, “the death penalty for terrorists.”

Israel Independence Day

April 22, 2015

From Zefaniah Book

יז  יְהוָה אֱלֹהַיִךְ בְּקִרְבֵּךְ, גִּבּוֹר יוֹשִׁיעַ; יָשִׂישׂ עָלַיִךְ בְּשִׂמְחָה, יַחֲרִישׁ בְּאַהֲבָתוֹ–יָגִיל עָלַיִךְ, בְּרִנָּה. 17 The LORD thy God is in the midst of thee, a Mighty One who will save; He will rejoice over thee with joy, He will be silent in His love, He will joy over thee with singing.’
יח  נוּגֵי מִמּוֹעֵד אָסַפְתִּי, מִמֵּךְ הָיוּ–מַשְׂאֵת עָלֶיהָ, חֶרְפָּה. 18 I will gather them that are far from the appointed season, who are of thee, that hast borne the burden of reproach.
יט  הִנְנִי עֹשֶׂה אֶת-כָּל-מְעַנַּיִךְ, בָּעֵת הַהִיא; וְהוֹשַׁעְתִּי אֶת-הַצֹּלֵעָה, וְהַנִּדָּחָה אֲקַבֵּץ, וְשַׂמְתִּים לִתְהִלָּה וּלְשֵׁם, בְּכָל-הָאָרֶץ בָּשְׁתָּם. 19 Behold, at that time I will deal with all them that afflict thee; and I will save her that is lame, and gather her that was driven away; and I will make them to be a praise and a name, whose shame hath been in all the earth.
כ  בָּעֵת הַהִיא אָבִיא אֶתְכֶם, וּבָעֵת קַבְּצִי אֶתְכֶם:  כִּי-אֶתֵּן אֶתְכֶם לְשֵׁם וְלִתְהִלָּה, בְּכֹל עַמֵּי הָאָרֶץ, בְּשׁוּבִי אֶת-שְׁבוּתֵיכֶם לְעֵינֵיכֶם, אָמַר יְהוָה.  {ש} 20 At that time will I bring you in, and at that time will I gather you; for I will make you to be a name and a praise among all the peoples of the earth, when I turn your captivity before your eyes, saith the LORD. {P}


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