Daily Israel Report

Four Terror Victims Buried Yesterday

Rabbi Eli and Dina Horowitz, murdered by Palestinian terrorists in their home on Friday night, were buried close to midnight Sunday night in the Har HaMenuchot cemetery in Jerusalem. Many thousands of people took part in the nearly eight-hour funeral.
First Publish: 3/10/2003, 9:53 AM

Rabbi Eli and Dina Horowitz, murdered by Palestinian terrorists in their home on Friday night, were buried close to midnight Sunday night in the Har HaMenuchot cemetery in Jerusalem. Many thousands of people took part in the nearly eight-hour funeral, which began in Hevron and continued to Kiryat Arba, the Jerusalem neighborhood of Bayit Vegan, and Har HaMenuchot. Arutz-7's Yosef Zalmanson heard the following eye-witness account:
"I didn't know Rabbi Horowitz. I live in Beitar Illit, and when I heard the news on the radio, I knew that I had to come to the funeral. There were many, many thousands of people here, crowding in every nook and cranny inside and outside the yeshiva [Yeshivat Shavei Hevron]… First there were eulogies given by Kiryat Arba-Hevron Chief Rabbi Dov Lior, then by rabbis of the yeshiva - good friends of Rabbi Horowitz, who spoke from their hearts and very movingly about him; the crowd cried along with them - and then an army officer, and then the head of the yeshiva, Rabbi Moshe Bleicher. We then walked to the Machpelah Cave, where the couple's son said Kaddish. There was then a few moments of total quiet, broken only by a lone cry from someone standing in the front who screamed out, 'Until when? Until when?' It was a heart-rending moment."
Among those who eulogized the couple in Jerusalem was Housing Minister Effie Eitam, who said that the family members of the terrorists must be expelled.
Five other people were wounded in the Friday night attack, including one woman - Aliza Naomi bat (daughter of) Leah Chaya - who was shot in the neck, chest, stomach and leg, and is in serious but stable condition after surgery. She is the mother of 12 children.
Rabbi and Mrs. Horowitz were the 17th husband-and-wife couple murdered by Palestinian terrorists during the 30-month-old Oslo War.

Two other terrorism victims were buried yesterday as well. Anatoly Birikov, 20, from Haifa, became the 16th victim of Haifa's bus bombing when he died on his wounds three days later.

Abigail Leitel, a 14-year-old American citizen who was also killed in that attack, was also laid to rest yesterday. Both funerals were held in Haifa's Christian community cemetery. Abigail's father is one of the leaders of Haifa's Baptist community.

Rabbi Horowitz taught at Yeshivat Shavei Hevron, the Midreshet HaRova in the Old City of Jerusalem, and in at least three other institutions. Dina taught Torah at the Kiryat Arba Ulpana High School for Girls and the Midreshet HaRova, and taught piano as well. Rabbi Horowitz was the son of Rabbi Moshe Horowitz, who for many years headed BMT - Beit Medrash L'Torah - in Jerusalem, where hundreds of American and overseas students studied. The murdered couple, both of whom made aliyah from the United States, had four children - Bat-Sheva, 30, Tzvi, 26, Nechama, 22, and Shulamit, 20 - three of whom are married, and five grandchildren. Rabbi and Mrs. Horowitz were the 17th husband-and-wife couple murdered by Palestinian terrorists during the 30-month-old Oslo War.

The attack began when two Palestinian terrorists entered Kiryat Arba - a Jewish city alongside Hevron - dressed as Jews, with white shirts and kippot (yarmulkes). Their entry sparked an electronic alarm, but a search of the area turned up nothing. They first fired at a couple on the street, seriously wounding the woman. The terrorists then chased her husband towards a building, where they fired and threw grenades at a ground floor apartment, where the Horowitz family was eating its Shabbat night meal. The terrorists then fired at and wounded several other people in the same building.IDF forces of the nearby Hevron Division arrived on the scene very quickly, together with members of the local civilian emergency team.

Uri Karzen, a medic on the team, told Arutz-7's Eli Stutz that the terrorists holed themselves up in the Horowitz apartment: "The army and the civilian team surrounded the building, and at one point, when one of the terrorists walked by a door or a window - not for the first time - the soldiers shot at him, and he just blew up. It turned out that he was wearing an explosives vest, and the explosion apparently also killed the second terrorist as well."

IDF Central Commander Gen. Moshe Kaplinsky said that the civil first-response team and the soldiers "fought together shoulder-to-shoulder and prevented a much worse attack."

While this was going on, two other terrorists were killed while trying to infiltrate the Jewish community of Negohot, south of Hevron. No Israelis were hurt.