Terror Victim Malachi Rosenfeld Laid to Rest

Malachi Moshe Rosenfeld, 26, who died Tuesday from wounds sustained in Monday night's terrorist shooting attack, laid to rest.

Eliran Aharon,

Funeral of Malachi Rosenfeld
Funeral of Malachi Rosenfeld
Yonatan Sindel / Flash 90

Malachi Moshe Rosenfeld, 26, was brought to rest Wednesday in his hometown of Kochav Hashachar, in the Binyamin region north of Jerusalem. 

Late Tuesday afternoon, Malachi succumbed to wounds he sustained in a terrorist shooting attack near the village of Shvut Rachel the previous night.

Hundreds of friends and relatives are taking part in the funeral, including Education Minister Naftali Bennett.

Rabbi Ohad Krakover, the community's rabbi, eulogized Malachi and said tearfully, “We demand that the government carry out a real revenge – to build and develop the settlement enterprise. We will not be defeated.” Turning to the bereaved family, he said, “Ony God can comfort you, the Rosenfeld family.”

Minister Naftali Bennett also eulogized Malachi and said to the family: “You are a symbol of the Nation of Israel in its land. The Nation of Israel salutes you. Our enemy is always trying to hurt the innocent... [they are] animals in human form.” Citing Psalms 18:37, he said, “I chase my enemies and catch them; I do not turn back until I wipe them out.” 

"Our enemy is advancing death, funding terror delegations, calling squares and streets after terrorists," Bennett continued. "I say to our enemies, from day to day, your makeup is coming off of your faces. You are a terror organization, that is what you are! Your game is over. This territory will remain Jewish. We are here 3,800 years and we are here to stay. Enough time has passed. Internalize this. When you murder, we build.”

Malachi's father, Eliezer Rosenfeld, spoke of his deep bond with Malachi and asked: "What did we do wrong, God, that this is the third time? What did we do wrong?”

Thirteen years ago, on March 29, 2002, Naftali's eldest brother, Lt. Yitzchak-Menachem Rosenfeld, 22, was killed in a jeep accident in the Tze'elim Stream, in the Judean Desert. He was a pilot in the IAF.

Yitzhak-Menachem was named after his uncle, Sergeant Yitzhak-Moshe Rosenfeld, who was also killed during his military service, in 1978.

Malachi's parents are among the founders of Kochav Hashachar. The father is a clarinet player, and the mother is a social worker. They have seven children, beside Yitzchak-Menachem and Malachi Moshe.

"This is a great national tragedy,” Eliezer Rosenfeld said Tuesday after his son's death. “I raised an ambitious boy, wise, with such great intelligence. He went out to play basketball, a competition between communities, and didn't come back. It's shameful, what is happening in our country.”

The Al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Palestinian terror group Hamas, has claimed responsibility for the terror attack near Shvut Rachel. 

Four Israeli civilians were injured in the terror attack, among them Malachi Moshe Rosenfeld, who succumbed to his wounds on Tuesday evening. 

The Al-Qassam Brigades asserted the attack was part of "a series of quality operations" carried out by the group's members in recent months, and that the attackers opened fire at point-blank range on a car of "settlers" before managing to escape safely.

On Tuesday, sources in the IDF and the Israel Security Agency (ISA or Shin Bet) admitted that a terror cell appears to be at large in the Binyamin region north of Jerusalem, although they did not say if the cell had any connection to Hamas.



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