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'Her Only Sin Was Being Jewish'

Nearly 1,000 people attend murdered 20 year-old Shelly Dadon's funeral Saturday night, lament State's inaction over the case.
By Hezki Ezra and Tova Dvorin
First Publish: 5/4/2014, 8:16 AM

Shelly Dadon
Shelly Dadon
Courtesy of the Dadon Family

Almost 1,000 people attended the funeral of murdered 20 year-old Shelly Dadon Saturday night, whose body was found on Thursday night in an abandoned Migdal HaEmek parking lot. 

Shelly's father Ya'akov gave an emotional eulogy. 

"I stand here in front of her grave fresh, and refuse to believe," he said. "This tragedy happened to us.  Our flower, our angel, the princess of the house is gone. She was killed before her time."

"It is difficult to talk about you in the past tense, but reality now strikes us," he continued. "This is a very great loss. It is impossible to find words to comfort us."

"The smile was the symbol of your inner and outer beauty, which shined," he added. "Your illumination of our home and on our family made us all proud of who you are."

Video: Eran Gilvarg

The Rabbi of Migdal Haemek, Rabbi Yitzhak David Grossman, also spoke at the funeral.

"We are here in pain, sorrow and astonishment," Rabbi Grossman stated. "This tragedy, this brutal murder happened in our town."

Rabbi Grossman made reference to the Torah concept of Eglah Arufa, a special procedure described in Devarim (Deuteronomy) in the event that someone is found dead by unknown hands outside a city.

"The Torah tells us that our elders need to leave the city and declare that 'our hands did not shed this blood,'" Rabbi Grossman noted, as according to tradition.

"Her only sin was being Jewish," he added.

Police found Dadon's body in an abandoned Migdal Haemek parking lot Thursday night. The Shin Bet is still hunting for the killer, who apparently fled into the woods.

Dadon had no criminal record; she had been on her way to a job interview but did not make contact with her family for several hours. When they found out that she had never shown up for the interview, they contacted police. Her body was found a short time later by patrolmen.

Friends and family continue to express disappointment and anger at the Israeli government over the murder. Police announced that the murder was likely not criminally motivated, but a terror attack - and the State has done little, they say, to fight it. 

"Israel has lost a flower, a person who did not hurt anyone before. She wanted to just be good for everyone," Matan Maimon, 26, a friend of the Dadon family, told Israeli media after the funeral.  "All the ministers remain dormant, the whole state is dormant and no one is doing anything."

"Wake up, Israel!" he continued. "They're killing us everywhere and we must not remain silent. They are eating us alive."