Bennett pays tribute to young woman his family took in when she was homeless

A selfie taken by Livnat Green with the Bennett family, undated (Used in accordance with Clause 27a of the Copyright Law)
A selfie taken by Livnat Green with the Bennett family, undated (Used in accordance with Clause 27a of the Copyright Law)

Former prime minister Naftali Bennett pays tribute to the young Jewish woman shot dead yesterday at a West Bank checkpoint in an apparent case of “suicide by cop.”

Livnat Green was taken in by then-MK Bennett and his family a few years ago when she was homeless, following a troubled childhood that saw her move between welfare institutions.

“We hosted her warmly in our home, and she slept in our daughter Michal’s room and we heard her complex story,” Bennett tweets, with a photo of Green alongside his family.

“What a smart girl. What a difficult and touching life story,” Bennett writes.

“After we found a housing solution for her, we also worked to help Livnat find a job in Beersheba and tried to help in other ways, so that she would get on track,” Bennett writes.

“Her death is very painful. Her soul must not have found peace,” he writes.

“We should all be aware of the difficulties of those with mental health challenges and help them as much as possible,” Bennett writes. “May your memory be a blessing, dear Livnat. My family and I will always remember you.”

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