'She loved Israel, had strong values, and was a unique fighter'

Police commissioner, Border Police commander, Public Security Minister speak at funeral of murdered Border Police officer Hadas Malka.

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The funeral of Border Police Master Sergeant Hadas Malka, 23, was held on Saturday night in Ashdod.

Hadas was killed in a brutal terror attack near Jerusalem's Damascus Gate on Friday evening.

Participating in her funeral were family, friends, Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan (Likud), opposition leader Yitzhak Herzog (Zionist Union), Police Commissioner Roni Alsheikh, Border Police Commander Major General Yaakov Shabtai, Human Resources Department Head Major General Gila Gaziel, Ashdod Mayor Yehiel Lasri, and various MKs, regional council heads, police commanders, ministers, and Jews of all stripes and factions.

"Hadas' memory will never leave us," Erdan said. "We will do everything to ensure that just as her life was worthwhile, her death will be the same. We will continue to develop our land, and to protect Zion, our home."

"We will continue to walk in Hadas' path. We will not surrender and we will not bow our heads before these accursed terrorists. We will pursue our enemies and those who seek our downfall.

"Hadas, you were one of our best fighters."

"Dear Hadas! Today you join a long list - over 1,460 - of fallen police officers," Alsheikh began. "Your life and personality were a microcosmos of the entire police force."

"I learned that you were a different species of fighter. You fought out of a feeling of mission, out of a desire to contribute. You insisted on transferring to the Border Police and becoming one of us. As soon as you finished your mandatory service, you signed on for five years of voluntary service. You wanted to take an officers' course, and you remained faithful to yourself and to the values you learned at home. Your friends say you were an entire world. You were ethical, you loved Israel and its people.

"The Border Police say you were professional and that you were a fighter. You were the 'big sister' of all those in mandatory service, you made sure everyone had what they needed and that the atmosphere was pleasant. You were always smiling, always offering to help, and your positive outlook on life affected everyone around you.

"You fought the terrorist who attacked you, and your friends eliminated him. Unfortunately, we paid a heavy price, a price which pains your family, the Border Police, Israel Police, and the entire nation.

"I call on Israel's citizens to remember you."

Shabtai said, "Four hundred ninety one Border Police officers have fallen since our founding. Each of these was an entire world. This one is Hadas - a symbol of patriotism and ZIonism."

"Hadas' commanders say she was an excellent fighter, who aspired to excellence, and who dotted every i and crossed every t. On Friday night, three evil terrorists came to kill, to kill Jews.

"Hadas and her partners worked bravely to neutralize the terrorists, who were armed with a rifle and knives. Unfortunately, Hadas paid with her life.

"I hope we will not have to eulogize our fighters anymore, but I promise to continue to fight terror uncompromisingly.

"The Border Police will be a warm and loving family to the Malka family. We will remain by your side, and we will ensure Hadas' memory is preserved."

Hadas began serving in the Border Police in 2012, after spending seven months in the Navy. She was released from mandatory service in 2015, and signed on as a career officer in March 2016.

She leaves behind her parents, David and Geula, as well as her brothers Tamir and Guy and sisters Shaked, Neta, and Gefen.



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