The household of two Israeli sisters who have been killed in a taking pictures assault within the occupied West Financial institution shared tearful eulogies on Sunday with a room filled with weeping mourners, whereas their mom who was wounded remained in a coma.
Maia and Rina Dee, 20 and 15, who have been additionally British residents, died on Friday when their automotive was shot at by a suspected Palestinian gunman. Israeli forces are nonetheless making an attempt to trace the assailant down.
The sisters’ father, Leo, broke down in tears as he spoke earlier than the gang that had gathered within the Jewish settlement of Kfar Etzion for the funeral.
He evoked the Passover vacation now being celebrated and the story of the biblical exodus of Jews from slavery in Egypt to freedom.
“The journey to redemption is a sluggish one – three steps ahead and two steps again. And Maia and Rina, together with your loss, our world has taken two steps again,” he stated, extending an arm within the route of their our bodies that lay coated in material. “You’ve gotten impressed us, you’ve got liked us, and in flip we’ll love you endlessly.”
Their sibling Keren lamented not having the ability to shield her youthful sister.
“I’d do something to have been within the automotive as an alternative of you,” she stated.
After a yr of escalating Israeli-Palestinian violence, tensions are operating particularly excessive as Ramadan and Passover coincide. Hours after the sisters have been killed, an Italian vacationer was killed in a ramming attack in Tel Aviv.
The assaults added to heightened Israeli-Palestinian tensions following Israeli police raids in Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque final week.
For the reason that starting of the yr, not less than 18 Israelis and foreigners have been killed in assaults in Israel, round Jerusalem and within the West Financial institution. In the identical interval, Israeli forces have killed greater than 80 Palestinians, most of them fighters in militant teams however a few of them civilians.