Beersheba bus station terrorist buried in quiet nighttime ceremony
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Beersheba bus station terrorist buried in quiet nighttime ceremony

Two months after attack that left two dead, police allow family of Muhanad Alukabi to lay him to rest in his Negev village of Hura

Police and rescue workers at the scene of a shooting and stabbing attack at the central bus station in the southern city of Beersheba, on October 18, 2015. (Meir Even Haim/Flash90)
Police and rescue workers at the scene of a shooting and stabbing attack at the central bus station in the southern city of Beersheba, on October 18, 2015. (Meir Even Haim/Flash90)

The Israeli Bedouin perpetrator of an October 19 terror attack in the Beersheba Central Bus Station was buried in the early morning hours of Sunday in a ceremony in his home village of Hura.

Muhanad Alukabi, 21, shot and killed IDF Sgt. Omri Levi, 19, took Levi’s rifle and opened fire on the surrounding crowd. Eritrean asylum seeker Haftom Zarhum was killed after being shot and beaten by passers-by who mistook him for the terrorist.

Ten others were wounded.

Alukabi was killed by security forces during the attack.

He was buried early Sunday in the village cemetery in a short ceremony attended by some 50 close friends and family members, the Walla news site reported.

Police allowed the return of his body to his family on the condition that his funeral would be a quiet, small affair that would not aggrandize his acts.

Muhanad Alukabi, the 21-year-old Bedouin Israeli who carried out the October 19 terror attack at the Beersheba Central Bus Station. (Shin Bet)
Muhanad Alukabi, the 21-year-old Bedouin Israeli who carried out the October 19 terror attack at the Beersheba Central Bus Station. (Shin Bet)

In the past two months, the Israel Police has refused to return the bodies of terrorists who are Israeli citizens, fearing their funerals would be turned into public rallies where participants are urged to follow their example.

“It’s no secret that the terror attacks in the latest wave are intended for emulation,” Israel Police legal adviser Assistant Commissioner Shaul Gordon wrote in a legal opinion in October.

The same policy is rarely pursued in the case of West Bank Palestinians, where authorities fear that withholding the bodies of terrorists could harm security cooperation with the Palestinian Authority.

Alukabi’s funeral “was quiet, as the authorities demanded, and lasted less than an hour,” Walla quoted family member Anwar Alukabi as saying early Sunday.

“Ever since the day after the attack, we’ve been asking to be allowed to bury the body and return to our lives,” Anwar said. “They told us on Friday to prepare his grave, so we did. But we didn’t know at first when we would receive the body.”

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