'On Holocaust Memorial Day How Can This Continue?'

Sister and cousin of Shalom Yohai Sherki, murdered by Arab driver, note the 'unreal' timing and how he lived his life to the fullest.

Yoni Kempinski, Ari Yashar ,

Ester Sultan and Naomi Kahana
Ester Sultan and Naomi Kahana
Yoni Kempinski

The sister and cousin of Shalom Yohai Sherki, the 25-year-old son of prominent religious Zionist Rabbi Uri Sherki and the victim murdered Wednesday night by an Arab driver who ran him over, spoke about the incident and its timing on Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Speaking in front of the family home, the two discussed the murder which police have begun to recognize as an intentional terror attack, and not a "car accident." The Arab driver ran over Sherki and a woman he was on a date with while they waited at a bus stop in the French Hill neighborhood, murdering him and seriously wounding her.

"He sat at a bus station and this terrorist killed him...because he's a Jew," said Ester Sultan, the sister of Sherki. "It's unreal that it happened on Holocaust Remembrance Day, with all the speeches: 'never again.'"

"It can't stay at the level of speeches; if today in Jerusalem a Jew knows that if not at this bus station then at the next one...it can't be that this situation continues and continues, and Shalom is just another one, on the list of the killed which keeps lengthening from all sorts of terrorists who one moment (decide they) want (to attack)," she said.

Condemning the apparent unwillingness of the government to confront Arab terrorism with decisive action, she continued, "how can this situation continue and no one says anything, no one does anything?"

"Everyone knows that we'll go to Jerusalem, maybe not today beacuse today it's kind of scary, but tomorrow we'll continue to go to Jerusalem and we'll continue to live constantly under this danger that in another second someone will attack and cut off the life of another person," she said, visibly moved.

Sherki's cousin Naomi Kahana spoke about the victim, explaining "we grew up together, he was a very funny guy, every joke of his went into the pantheon. He created new ideas for the family."

Kahana noted that Sherki was a tour guide, and planned to learn agriculture. He "lived his life like people want to," she said, pointing out he "knew how to manage to live his dreams in his short life."

His sister agreed that he lived his life fully, saying "everything that Shalom did he enjoyed doing. Shalom did great things in the world, and he did what he wanted."

"The loss of Shalom is an awful loss, certainly to the family and certainly to all the circles he was connected to. All those he guided," she said. "Our loss is great."

Sultan and Kahana's statements, in Hebrew, can be viewed below.