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Jerusalem bus attack victim to be laid to rest

Haim Haviv, 78, to be buried in capital; his wife, Shoshana, in serious condition following terror attack in Armon Hanatziv on Tuesday; 2nd fatality yet to be named

Haim Haviv, 78, was killed Tuesday October 13, 2015 in a terror attack on a bus in Jerusalem's Armon Hanatziv neighborhood. His wife Shoshana was hospitalized in serious condition. (Courtesy)
Haim Haviv, 78, was killed Tuesday October 13, 2015 in a terror attack on a bus in Jerusalem's Armon Hanatziv neighborhood. His wife Shoshana was hospitalized in serious condition. (Courtesy)

One of the two Israeli men who were killed Tuesday in a terror attack on a bus in Jerusalem’s Armon Hanatziv neighborhood will be laid to rest on Wednesday.

Haviv Haim, 78, will be buried in Jerusalem, Army Radio reported.

The identity of the second fatality, a 45-year-old man, has not yet been announced.

Haim’s wife, Shoshana, was seriously wounded in the attack Tuesday morning and remains hospitalized at the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem. The two were on their way home from a doctor’s visit in the city when the two terrorists boarded the Egged bus 78 and began their violent shooting and stabbing spree. Haim died at the scene, while the second victim died in hospital.

The two attackers were shot and subdued by police. One terrorist died of his wounds, and the other is in custody.

Some 15 people were injured in the attack.

Haim’s nephew described him as a “simple, honest man who lived his life and connected with everyone.”

“Since the day he immigrated to Israel, he lived in Jerusalem and raised a large family that is now mourning [his loss],” the nephew, identified by his first name, Benny, told Channel 2.

The Haims have five children and 14 grandchildren.

On Tuesday, thousands of people attended the funeral for Yeshayahu Krishevsky, 60, who was killed by a Palestinian in a car ramming attack in Jerusalem mere moments after the bus attack.

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat also attended the funeral.

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

Krishevsky’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)

Krishevsky 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.

Also Tuesday, 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.

That attack 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.

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