Majed Ibrahim, 19, died after he was wounded by shrapnel that landed near a mosque in Abu Ghosh from a rocket fired by Hamas toward Jerusalem on October 9. He died in Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem several days later.
“We never expected to lose our son, who was one of the best young people,” his father, Ziyah Ibrahim, told Ynet. Majed was the youngest of four brothers.
According to the N12 news site, Majed was on the balcony and did not have time to reach a protected area when the sirens went off.
Family members gave him first aid and restored his pulse. He was taken to Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital, where he underwent emergency surgery, before being transferred to intensive care.
His father, Ziyad, told the Ynet news site that his son had behaved with caution after the war began.
“When the alarms went off, we heard an explosion that shook the neighborhood and the house,” he said. “We didn’t know that our son was hurt until we got to the balcony of the house, and found him alone, with injuries all over his body.”
“We’re worried, and just want to live in peace and security,” Ziyad added. “We hope this will end without us losing any more victims. It is difficult for others to understand the pain we have and for every family that has lost their son.”
Ziyad said that Majed was slated to start studying computer science this fall at Hebrew University: “He was happy, he was excited to fulfill his dream. This joy has turned into sadness and pain.”