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Jerusalem Stabbing Victim Laid to Rest

Rabbis and MKs, IDF attend funeral for Aharon Banita-Bennett, who was murdered Saturday night in Jerusalem.

Tova Dvorin, | updated: 15:16

Aharon Banita Bennett
Aharon Banita Bennett
Courtesy of the Bennett family

21 year-old Aharon Banita Bennett was laid to rest Sunday afternoon at Jerusalem's Har HaMenuchot cemetery in Givat Shaul, in the presence of thousands of mourners. 

Bennett, along with Rabbi Nehemia Lavi, were murdered in a stabbing attack from a Palestinian Arab terrorist in Jerusalem's Old City on Saturday night. 

The same attack injured his wife and son; his infant daughter miraculously escaped unscathed. 

Lavi was murdered in that attack when he ran out of his home to help Bennett; he was laid to rest at noon Sunday in the same cemetery. Israeli leaders hailed him as a hero for his actions. 

Despite being an IDF soldier, Bennett will be buried in the cemetery's civilian section, at the request of his wife, Adelle Banita. IDF soldiers are accompanying Bennett throughout the funeral ceremony, however. 

Also attending the ceremony are Ashkenazic Chief Rabbi David Lau and former Shas MK and Yachad-Ha'am Itanu head Eli Yishai. 

Deputy Defense Minister, MK Rabbi Eli Ben-Dahan (Jewish Home) eulogized Bennett, reflecting as well on the current security situation. 

"We tried for peace and there is no peace," he said. "We ask them to leave our land and they won't leave."

"We say here to all Arabs: we will fight the way the Jewish people fights," he warned. "We came here never to lose again."

"To all our enemies and those who hate us: know that the Jewish people have returned to their land and will not help you," he continued. "You won't have a Palestinian state, you won't have sovereignty in this land, which is ours." 

"The entire land of Israel belongs to the Jews." 

Rabbi David Lau also eulogized Bennett adding a prayer that G-d see the family's suffering and that it arouse His mercy vis-a-vis the Jewish people. 




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