Hadar Buchris, 21, murdered in a stabbing attack at the West Bank’s Gush Etzion Junction on Sunday, was a student at the Zohar College for Women in the settlement of Bat Ayin.
Hailing from the Netanya, she attended school in Safed and the Golan Heights, majoring in theater, before completing two years of national service working with children and youth, first at a moshav near Tiberias, then at a kibbutz in Beit She’an.
She had joined the Zohar college after touring in the Far East.
“Hadar was a fantastic, bright girl. She was always a source of good energy for the whole group,” Ayala Eretz Hazvi, Hadar’s theater teacher from her school in the Golan Heights, told the Ynet news site.
Buchris was administered emergency treatment at the scene of the terror attack before ambulances evacuated her to the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in nearby Jerusalem, where she was pronounced dead.
The hospital’s Dr. Ofer Merin said had been stabbed multiple times in the head, heart area and chest. She arrived in critical condition, with no blood pressure and not breathing. “We attempted resuscitation several times but in the end we had to determine her death.”
She will be laid to rest in Jerusalem on Monday afternoon.
The terrorist was shot and killed by security forces at the scene. The Shin Bet security service later named him as Wissam Tawabte, 34, from Beit Fajjar, a nearby Palestinian village. He did not have previous links to terror activity, the Shin Bet said.
The army is looking to bolster security measures at the Gush Etzion junction following two deadly attacks there in three days.
The site has seen multiple attacks since the onset of the latest round of Palestinian terrorism and violence some two months ago, including a shooting attack last Thursday that killed three people.
Sitting on Route 60 between Jerusalem and Hebron amid a bloc of Jewish settlements, the junction is unlike many other intersections adjacent to West Bank settlements. The intersection features a number of pedestrian crossings as well as two frequently-used hitchhiking stops, serving as transit points for residents to catch rides to Jerusalem or other nearby towns.
While security officials have rejected calls from nearby residents to introduce separate roads for Palestinian and Jewish cars, the IDF is reportedly considering creating “security sleeves” along the highway, giving security forces another point to check suspicious cars and acting as a buffer for cars trying to reach the hitchhiking stops.
David Perl, the head of the Etzion Regional Council, said the IDF must restrict Palestinians’ freedom of movement and close off villages in order to prevent terror attacks in the future.
“We need to close down surrounding villages for a week or two,” Perl told The Times of Israel, pointing to Palestinian cars driving around the Etzion Junction.
Speaking Sunday evening, Pesident Reuven Rivlin said Israel would not allow the recent terror to dictace the way people live their lives.
“The State of Israel, and all the free world, is in the situation whereby the home front has become the front line. Terror threatens the citizens of Mali, Paris, Brussels, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and Gush Etzion. We will not allow terrorism to dictate our lives, and I am proud that we do not close down our cities due to the threats,” he said, possible refering to ongoing lockdown in Brussels and police search for suspects linked to the November 13 terror attacks in Paris.
“At the same time,” said the president, “we will neither rest, nor be silent, until we return calm to the streets and to all the citizens of Israel. We shall neither rest, nor be silent, until the whole world recognizes this enemy, and strikes it wherever it may hide. We, the citizens of Israel, will not surrender.”