Jerusalem attack victim praised as ‘all heart and kindness’
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Jerusalem attack victim praised as ‘all heart and kindness’

Thousands attend funeral for Yeshayahu Kirshavski, 60, who was killed Tuesday in a car ramming attack

Israelis attend the funeral for Rabbi Yeshayahu Krishevsky, killed when a Palestinian rammed his car into pedestrians in Jerusalem on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 (Yonatan Sindel/FLASH90)
Israelis attend the funeral for Rabbi Yeshayahu Krishevsky, killed when a Palestinian rammed his car into pedestrians in Jerusalem on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 (Yonatan Sindel/FLASH90)

Thousands of people on Tuesday attended the funeral for Yeshayahu Kirshavski, 60, who was killed by a Palestinian in a car ramming attack in Jerusalem earlier that day.

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat also attended the funeral.

Kirshavski’s funeral procession began at the Pinsk Karlin Synagogue in the Beit Yisrael neighborhood of the capital. Kirshavski was later laid to rest at the Har Hamenuhot cemetery in the city.

Kirshavski’s son, Shneor, eulogized his father at the funeral. “He was a Jew who was all heart and kindness, he loved all Jews,” Kirshavski’s son said. “Those poor people who no one wants to go near them, he would come to them, help them, without thinking at all.”

File photo of Yeshayahu Kirshavski, 60, who was killed in a car ramming attack in Jerusalem on October 13, 2015 (Courtesy image)
Yeshayahu Kirshavski, 60, who was killed in a car ramming attack in Jerusalem on October 13, 2015 (Courtesy image)

Kirshavski was killed and another person wounded as a driver rammed into a crowd on Malchei Israel Street in the Makor Baruch neighborhood. The attacker stepped out of the crashed vehicle and attempted to stab the wounded. He was shot dead by a security guard.

According to Channel 2, the terrorist, Alaa Abu Jamal, an East Jerusalem resident and an employee of the Bezeq phone company, was a family member of cousins Uday and Ghassan Abu Jamal, who killed four worshipers and a policeman at a synagogue in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Har Nof last November.

In a separate incident minutes earlier Tuesday, two male passengers were killed — a 60-year-old who died at the scene, and a 45-year-old who died in the hospital — and three others suffered gunshot wounds in a combined shooting and stabbing attack on Egged bus 78 in the neighborhood of Armon Hanatziv in southern Jerusalem.

Two assailants were involved in the Armon Hanatziv attack, and were shot and subdued by police. One terrorist was said to have been killed, and the other was caught by police.

Some 15 people were reported to have been injured in the attack.

In Ra’anana, a man stabbed four people with a knife on Jerusalem Boulevard. One was in serious condition with stab wounds to the upper body. The three other victims were lightly injured. The terrorist was arrested.

The attacks came just hours after another stabbing attack in Ra’anana, in which a man was lightly injured when attacked while standing at a bus stop on the city’s central Ahuza thoroughfare. The victim, 32, suffered light wounds to his upper body in the incident, a spokesperson for the Magen David Adom rescue service said.

The attacker was taken into custody with serious injuries after being beaten by passersby who halted the attack, police and MDA officials said. Police confirmed he had not been shot.

According to an initial police investigation, the attacker, a 22-year-old East Jerusalem resident, approached a man at a bus stop and stabbed him. Passersby pounced on the attacker, subduing him until police arrived.

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