David Bar Kapara
David Bar KaparaCourtesy of the Kapparah family

The Israeli Security Agency (ISA or Shin Bet) and police have arrested several people, including one minor, in the investigation into the terrorist murder of farmer David Bar Kapara. 

Bar Kapara, 70, was found bloodied and beaten in an agricultural field between Pedaya and Carmei Yosef in central Israel and was taken by Magen David Adom paramedics to the Assaf Harofeh Hospital in Tzrifin, where he succumbed to his wounds some time later.

It is believed he was beaten by Arabs from among those who regularly illegally enter Israeli cities in search of employment.

Channel 2 reports that none of those arrested Thursday are believed to be the murderers themselves, however, and were instead picked up in an attempt to clarify what actually happened; very few details were released about Bar Kapparah's death. 

The farmer was buried in Rehovot on Thursday afternoon. Hundreds of people participated, including Religious Affairs Minister David Azoulay (Shas), Deputy Defense Minister Rabbi Eli Ben-Dahan (Jewish Home), MK Bezalel Smotrich (Jewish Home), MK Yinon Magal (Jewish Home), and former Jewish Home MKs Shuli Muallem-Refaeli and Yoni Chetboun. 

The Rabbi of Rehovot, Rabbi Simcha Hacohen Kook, eulogized Bar Kapara.

"Last Friday was a day of remembrance of the three hostages kidnapped by terrorists," he noted, referring to teenagers Eyal Yifrah, Gilad Sha'ar, and Naftali Frankel. "How long will these murderers shed the blood of Israel?"

"They took the blocks and crushed his skull," he continued. "May God avenge the blood of His Nation."

'In the heart of the country you loved so much, gentiles came and spilled your blood," Azoulay stated. "I am standing here with a broken heart. I represent the Israeli government as your partner in your mourning."

"The deceased was murdered in cold blood because he was Jewish," he added. "He was brutally murdered, in the name of the hatred of Jews." 

"It doesn't matter if this anti-Semitism is old or new," he continued. "Israel's leaders must take strong measures to restore security to Israeli citizens. There can't be a situation 70 years later where Jews are afraid to walk in their own country. We can not ignore or behave in a forgiving attitude toward blatant anti-Semitism."