Family donates organs of officer, 20, killed in West Bank attack
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Family donates organs of officer, 20, killed in West Bank attack

Binyamin Yakobovich died Sunday; his kidney and liver have saved the life of a patient at Jerusalem’s Hadassah Hospital

Binyamin Yakobovich (Courtesy)
Binyamin Yakobovich (Courtesy)

The death of 20-year-old Border Police officer Binyamin Yakobovich has meant a new life for a patient at Jerusalem’s Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem.

Yakobovich’s kidney and liver were transplanted Monday into the patient, likely saving the patient’s life, hospital officials said.

Yakobovich was critically wounded in a Palestinian car-ramming attack on November 4 at the Halhul junction near Hebron in the West Bank. Police officers shot and killed the attacker.

Yakobovich was pronounced dead by Hadassah Hospital doctors on Sunday.

The death made the Border Police officer the 12th Israeli fatality in nearly two months of an ongoing wave of violence that has seen near-daily stabbing and car-ramming attacks against Israelis.

Yakobovich’s family announced Sunday they would donate his organs.

The officer, who was drafted into the Border Police a year-and-a-half ago, is survived by his parents, brother and two sisters.

He was laid to rest Monday at 6 p.m. in a military section of the municipal cemetery in his hometown of Kiryat Ata, near Haifa.

A paramedic who arrived at the scene of the attack said last week he suffered “serious multisystem injuries,” and was evacuated “in serious condition to Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem on life support.”

An injured Israeli man being taken by ambulance to a hospital in Jerusalem following a suspected car-ramming attack near Hebron, November 4, 2015. (Magen David Adom)
An injured Israeli man being taken by ambulance to a hospital in Jerusalem following a suspected car-ramming attack near Hebron, November 4, 2015. (Magen David Adom)

On Sunday, six more Israelis were injured in attacks across the West Bank.

Four Israelis were hurt, including two seriously, when a car driven by a Palestinian rammed into a bus stop at the Tapuah junction in the northern West Bank.

Hours later, a Palestinian woman stabbed a guard at the entrance to the settlement of Beitar Illit, south of Jerusalem, lightly injuring him.

Near the West Bank settlement of Alfei Menashe in the northern West Bank, a man was stabbed and seriously injured on Sunday afternoon.

Marissa Newman contributed to this report.

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