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Terror Attacks

When a terror attack occurs anywhere in Israel, CTVP springs into action instantaneously. Utilizing the resources of over 300 Chabad Houses across Israel, volunteers are sent out immediately to be with the victim and his or her family. When there is family in other parts of the country, the local Chabad House near them cares for those family members as well.

Immediate assessments are made as to each family’s needs. Comfort and counseling are provided on the spot to families anxiously waiting in emergency wards and hospital corridors.

Terrorists Kill Five Innocents in Israel

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2 Murdered in Tel Aviv Prayer-Service Stabbing  & Three Murdered, Including U.S. Student, in Drive-By Shooting in Gush Etzion

Tel Aviv Attack

Two men were killed and a third wounded when a terrorist attacked worshippers during afternoon prayer service at a Judaica store within an office building on Ben Tzvi Street in Tel Aviv.

The dead were identified as AharonYisayev, 32, from Holon; and AviramReuven, 51, from Ramle. Yisayev, who became Torah-observant as an adult, leaves behind a wife and five children who study at religious educational institutions in Holon. Funeral details have not yet been determined. 

Aharon Yisayev, 32, from Holon
Aharon Yisayev, 32, from Holon

The injured victim, a man in his 50s, remains in moderate condition. He was treated by Magen David Adom paramedics at the scene and taken to Ichilov Hospital.

The suspected stabber, a 36-year-old Palestinian from the village of Dura near Hebron, was caught by a bystander, who subdued him until police arrived.

According to the Shin Bet security services, the attacker received a work permit approximately a month ago. Employed at a local Bukharian restaurant, he told police that he got a job in Tel Aviv in order to attack and kill Jews. He had no prior record of security-related offenses.

Police at the scene where two men were killed after leaving afternoon prayer services in a Tel Aviv office building.

Police at the scene where two men were killed after leaving afternoon prayer services in a Tel Aviv office building.

Gush Etzion Attack 

Three people were killed and seven wounded in a terrorist drive-by shooting in the Gush Etzion section of Judea, following terrorist stabbings earlier in the day that left two men dead in Tel Aviv.

One of the victims was Ezra Schwartz, 18, from Sharon, Mass., who had been studying at a Yeshiva Ashreinu in Beit Shemesh. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Rabbi Yaakov Don, 49, was also murdered in the attack. Don was a resident of Alon Shvut, an educator and a father of four. He died after being evacuated to Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem with bullet wounds to his upper body. The third victim was a Palestinian bystander.

The Beit Shemesh municipality stated it was “shocked and grief-stricken by the murder of the yeshivah student in the shooting attack at Gush Etzion.” 

“Ezra was a genuinely nice guy,” says Berri Wolosow, who played baseball with him as a child. “His father arranged and coached ashomer Shabbos Little League baseball team, and we were on it together.”

“Even though we went to different schools,” continues Wolosow, whose parents, Rabbi Chaim and Sara Wolosow, co-direct the Chabad Center of Sharon, “he would make the effort to maintain a friendship with us long after we outgrew Little League. That’s just how he was.”

Ezra Schwartz, a yeshivah student from Sharon, Mass., as a student volunteer with the IDFSchwartz had traveled to Gush Etzion along with five other students from abroad to hand out food to soldiers. The others were lightly wounded and are being treated at Shaare Tzedek Hospital in Jerusalem.

Members of the Magen David Adom ambulance service said the attack began when two terrorists opened fire on other vehicles from their car near Tzomet Gevaot. From there, they drove to the nearby Alon Shevut Junction and ran over at least one other person before they were shot and taken into custody by security forces.

Ezra Schwartz, a yeshivah student from Sharon, Mass., as a student volunteer with the IDF 

Hundreds Mourn Father and Son Murdered on Way to Pre-Wedding Celebration

Hundreds gathered at the the funeral of Rabbi Yaakov Litman, 40, and his son Netanel, 18, who were murdered by terrorists while driving to a family celebration. (Photo: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Hundreds gathered at the the funeral of Rabbi Yaakov Litman, 40, and his son Netanel, 18, who were murdered by terrorists while driving to a family celebration. (Photo: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

 

JERUSALEM—Family and friends had to physically support an inconsolable young bride-to-be at the funeral of her father and brother,which was attended by hundreds of people in Jerusalem on Saturday night. They were slain by terrorists while traveling Friday to attend a pre-wedding celebration with her future husband.

Rabbi Yaakov Litman, 40, and his son Netanel, 18, were shot outside of Otnielin Judea, near Hebron. Five family members who were with them in their car suffered minor wounds, including Litman’s wife; three daughters aged 5, 9 and 11; and a 16-year-old son. The family, residents of Kiryat Arba, was driving to Meitar to celebrate the aufruf (pre-wedding aliyah to the Torah) of Ariel Biegel, the groom-to-be.

Litman’s daughter, Sarah Techiya, who had stayed behind in Kiryat Arba for her own Shabbat Kallah (pre-wedding celebration), cried out at the funeral: “I wanted you at my wedding. Who will escort me to the chuppah? You were such a good father, why did you leave me?”

 

 

 

 

 

On Sunday, authorities announced the arrest of a terrorist near Hebron in a joint security operation between the Shin Bet security forces and the Israel Defense Forces Duvdevan counter-terrorism unit, and seized what they believe is the murder weapon, as well as the vehicle used in the attack. They said that the terrorist implicated himself in the attack during interrogation. A search continues for possible accomplices.

A Teacher of Young Children

“We were very close with the Litman family,” said Rabbi Yosef Nachshon, program director of Chabad of Kiryat Arba. “It is a small community here, and everyone knows everyone, but Yaakov Litman taught first- and second-graders in our Gan Chabad for the past six years, so he was an especially good friend. He was a man who always had a smile on his face and was very warm in nature. The children loved him.”

Malachi Levinger, the mayor of Kiryat Arba, said that “Rabbi Yaakov was one of the dedicated teachers in our city. A teacher who gave the children of Kiryat Arba/Hebron Torah and knowledge on various subjects and, above all, did everything warmly and with a constant smile that inspired a lot of good in wherever he was. Netanel was of the precious boys of Hebron who volunteered at MDA [Magen Dovid Adom ambulance service] and had a great future.”

 

Ariel Biegel and Sarah Yechiya Litman at their recent engagement party

Ariel Biegel and Sarah Yechiya Litman at their recent engagement party

 

Speaking to the mourners as the two were laid to rest in Jerusalem, Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin praised the father’s work as a teacher and the teenager’s work as a volunteer for the national emergency medical service. Rivlin said there is no difference between terror attacks in Israel and those abroad, like the multiple attacks in Paris in which nearly 130 were massacred on Friday night.

“I do not distinguish between terrorism and terrorism. No terrorism is justifiable. There is no terrorism that is more justified or less justified,” said Rivlin. “The scenes of death and bloodshed we have witnessed in Paris, throughout the Middle East and here in our country should serve as a warning to us all. Whether in Paris or Hebron, Jerusalem or New York, we must fight a bitter and stubborn struggle against those who massacre innocent people—against those who murder in cold blood.”

 

Rabbi Yaakov Litman, 40, right, and his son Netanel, 18

Rabbi Yaakov Litman, 40, right, and his son Netanel, 18

 

 

 

 

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