Hundreds attended the funeral early on Monday of a woman killed in last week’s terrorist attack on a Jerusalem light rail station. Among those present were Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat and the Ecuadorian ambassador to Israel.
Karen Yemima Muscara, 22, was an Ecuadorian citizen who had come to Israel to convert to Judaism after discovering she was descended from Conversos, Spanish Jews who were forcibly converted to Catholicism after 1492.
Muscara was critically injured in a terror attack on a Jerusalem light rail station last Wednesday. She died of her wounds on Sunday, pushing the death toll from the incident up to two. The other victim was Chaya Zissel Braun, a three-month-old baby.
Muscara was pronounced dead Sunday evening by doctors at Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital in Jerusalem, and laid to rest after midnight on Monday on the Mount of Olives. The funeral was postponed so as not to coincide with that of Abdel Rahman al-Shaludi, the man who drove his car into the Ammunition Hill light rail station. Police shot Shaludi as he attempted to flee the scene on foot and he later died; he was buried Sunday night in the Muslim cemetery outside Jerusalem’s Old City.
Mayor Barkat eulogized Muscara saying that she was “a delicate soul and guardian of peace who fought to be a Jew,” the NRG news site quoted him saying.
“Like many before her, she also fell in love with Jerusalem. Seven months ago she joined us and tonight, with unbelievable pain, she is parted from us,” Barkat said. “As mayor of Jerusalem I say that the situation won’t continue. It’s unacceptable that those whose live their whole lives for peace fall victim to those who glorify death.” He vowed once again to restore calm to Jerusalem.
Israel’s Foreign Ministry on Thursday flew in Muscara’s parents after she suffered head wounds and was seriously injured in the attack.
Her mother said Sunday that her daughter’s dream had been to come to Israel and build her life here, but her life was cut short.
Muscara underwent surgery on her skull and was hospitalized in the emergency ward.
Shaludi, a Hamas member from Silwan, was set to be buried Sunday night, and police were braced for possible riots around the funeral.
The terror attack served to spark already heightened tensions in the capital, with clashes between police and Palestinian protesters at several points around East Jerusalem over the weekend.