Dad of sisters killed in West Bank terror attack: ‘We are confident that justice will be done’

Maia (left) and Rina Dee, sisters who were killed in a terrorist shooting attack in the West Bank on April 7, 2023. (Courtesy of the family)
Maia (left) and Rina Dee, sisters who were killed in a terrorist shooting attack in the West Bank on April 7, 2023. (Courtesy of the family)

The father of two sisters shot dead in a terror attack in the West Bank on Friday says he believes “justice will be done.”

Rabbi Leo Dee’s daughters 20-year-old Maia and 15-year-old Rina were killed when Palestinian gunmen opened fire at their car, causing it to crash into the highway’s shoulder. The terrorists then opened fire at the car again, killing the two sisters and critically wounding their mother.

“We are saddened about the current political tension in Israel which is caused by a lack of trust in its first religious Zionist government,” Dee says.

“Some people think that a religious government will suppress minority rights and become totalitarian,” he says in a statement to Britain’s The Telegraph newspaper.

“But this is not a risk in Israel as religious Jews simply believe in balancing love and justice. For our part, we have felt a warm hug of love from Jews in Israel and beyond and we are confident that justice will be done,” he says.

The attorney general has warned that the coalition’s current package of legislation — which would give the coalition almost complete control over all judicial appointments, and radically constrain the High Court — would hand the government virtually unrestrained power, without providing any institutional protections for individual rights or for Israel’s democratic character.

Protests against the government’s contentious judicial overhaul on Saturday night began with a minute’s silence in memory of the Dee sisters, as well as Italian national Alessandro Parini, a 35-year-old lawyer from Rome, who was killed in a suspected ramming attack in Tel Aviv.

The Dee sisters are set to be buried at the cemetery of the Kfar Ezion settlement. In a statement, the Gush Etzion regional council said the procession would begin at 4:15 p.m. in Efrat. Mourners would then march to the Kfar Ezion cemetery, where the sisters would be buried at 5 p.m.

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