Father of fallen soldier condemns attack on his son's commander

A bereaved father calls on Jewish residents to denounce violence against soldiers on peacekeeping duty.

Shlomo Witty ,

מעצר במהלך המחאה בצומת קדומים
מעצר במהלך המחאה בצומת קדומים
הלל מאיר / TPS

Baruch Ben-Yigal, the bereaved father of the late Sayeret Golani Amit Ben-Yigal, is shocked by the beating of his son's commander, Lt. Gen. Iyov Koyef, by a Jewish resident of Samaria.

'' I was shocked to hear that someone would assault a Golani commander. It is strictly forbidden to accept such a course of action. It is strictly forbidden to assault anyone in uniform. They are not only officials, they are our brothers and sons."

"We are one people," the bereaved father stressed. "I have in my possesion a letter that Lt. Col. Iyov sent to my son. He did much for the Land and People of Israel. Assaulting a Golani commander is unacceptable. You, the attacker, made a mistake. I hope every Jew in Samaria condemns this event."

A demonstration near the town of Kedumim on Saturday night found residents blocking traffic, creating a lengthy jam. IDF forces stationed at the area first asked residents to clear the road, then began removing them by force when they failed to comply. One such resident violently assaulted Lt. Col. Iyov Koyef of Sayeret Golani.

"The IDF strongly condemns physical and verbal violence against its representatives and takes a rave view of such incidents," the IDF commented.

In response to this incident, residents of Kedumim will hold a rally on Monday night in support of the Golani soldiers stationed in the area. Kedumim Council Chairman Hananel Dorni commented," This is a serious incident which saw an IDF officer attacked by a person who does not live in Kedumim. I condemn any attempt to harm IDF soldiers - they are our sons and brothers, and we are deeply in their debt. Our hearts are with the officer and his soldiers, and we will continue to work together to maintain order in the area.

Defense Minister Bnei Gantz commented, "We will not accept any act of terrorism or violence against civilians or soldiers. I condemn the attack on a Golani commander by a lawbreaker. The IDF and other security bodies will continue to maintain law and order despite all malicious incitement to the contrary. The recent uptick in violent assaults will be met swiftly and severely."

MK Bezalel Smotrich said, "I tried for more than half an hour to find out what happened and have not succeeded. This, though, must be made abundantly clear: no one may raise a hand against our brothers in the military or the police. I send my best regards to Sayeret Golani and their commander, Lt. Col. Koyef."