The mourners who eulogized Adiel Kolman “spoke of the joy he brought to the world,” adding that “the proper response to this tragedy is to build vibrant Jewish communities, especially in Judea and Samaria.”
By: Terri Nir, United with Israel
Adiel Kolman, the most recent Palestinian terror victim, was laid to rest in the community of Kochav Hashachar in the Binyamin region on Monday.
On his way home from work at the Tower of David in the Old City of Jerusalem late Sunday afternoon, Kolman, a 32-year-old father of four, was stabbed and critically wounded by terrorist Abd al-Rahman Bani Fadel. Kolman died hours later at Shaare Zedek hospital.
Hundreds attended the funeral. Kolman’s wife Ayelet spoke of conversations they used to have about the dangerous nature of his job in Jerusalem’s Old City, according to TPS.
“I told him it was too dangerous a couple of times, but he would always say, ‘I’m not afraid,’” she said. “Our lives are precious and we want to live here in the land with a feeling of security and not one of fear. We deserve it, we have a right to live here and raise our children with a mother and a father – this situation is not normal.”
“I was astounded by the outpouring of love and was amazed that through the intense sadness, his family and friends spoke about the joy Adiel brought to the world. All of the speakers commented that the proper response to this tragedy is to build vibrant Jewish communities, especially in Judea and Samaria,” said Kochav Hashachar resident Ebin Sandler, who was in attendance.
Jerusalem Mayor: ‘We Will Continue to Build’
“Jerusalem bows its head today,” Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat stated at the funeral. “Security forces are telling us that a wave of violence is coming to Jerusalem, but we are determined to continue with our lives and to continue to build and be built. We will all continue to live and to build Jerusalem and the entire Land of Israel.”
Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel of the Jewish Home party, who eulogized Kolman, promised that Israel would ‘avenge’ his death by building up the Land of Israel, Arutz-7 reported.
“Our revenge is settlement, and I hope that we will succeed in building up Jerusalem, Judea, and Samaria, and to make a crystal clear statement that between the River Jordan to the [Mediterranean] Sea, there will be just one sovereign state. This land is ours, we received it from God,” he stated.
Chief Rabbi David Lau, who also eulogized Kolman, told the hundreds in attendance that “when you ask people what kind of a person Adiel was, the first thing they mention was the combination of a gentle personality that speaks with kindness, but also determination, firmly, in a clear manner, knowing exactly what he wanted.”
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