An Israeli man murdered in a terror attack in Jerusalem Sunday afternoon was brought to the Kochav Hashahar cemetery Monday morning, as mourners gathered to pay their last respects to the slain father of four.
Adiel Kolman was stabbed to death in the Old City of Jerusalem on Sunday by an Arab terrorist.
The terrorist, later identified as 28-year-old Abed al-Rahman Bani Fa’adal, a resident of the Palestinian Authority-controlled town of Aqraba, near Shechem [Nabulus] in Samaria, fled the scene, but was shot and killed by security forces shortly thereafter.
Hundreds gathered at the Kochav Hashahar cemetery Monday morning, including Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel (Jewish Home), who eulogized Kolman and promised that Israel would ‘avenge’ his death by building up the Land of Israel.
“Our revenge is settlement, and I hope that we will succeed in building up Jerusalem, Judea, and Samaria, and to make a crystal clear statement that between the River Jordan to the [Mediterranean] Sea, there will be just one sovereign state. This land is ours, we received it from God.”
“Our journey [the redemption of the Land of Israel] began 150 years ago, and we have a long way to go, but we will never despair.”
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat also spoke at Kolman’s funeral, saying “Jerusalem is a source of hope, and draws [the attention] of the entire world. In the past, as today, [our enemies] rise up to destroy us, and unfortunately, sometimes they manage to harm us. They managed to harm Adiel. Our pain is deep and severe, but they will never succeed in turning us away from our path.”
Chief Rabbi of Israel David Lau eulogized Kolman, praising his “tremendous personality”.
“When you ask people what kind of a person Adiel was, the first thing they mention was the combination of a gentle personality that speaks with kindness, but also determination, firmly, in a clear manner, knowing exactly what he wanted.”
Earlier on Monday, Kolman’s widow, Ayelet Kolman, spoke with radio host Sharon Gal about her family’s loss.
“Just last week we celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary. We had so many hopes and dreams for the future – we never imagined anything tragic like this happening. Adiel was a loving and supportive husband, who was truly supportive of me. He was a very special person who could accept you no matter what.”