Thousands attended the funeral Thursday for slain Israeli Border Police officer Jedan Assad, in the northern Druze village of Beit Jann.
“An entire life was cut short because of terror and its cruelty,” Internal Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch said at the ceremony. “This murderous terror, that originated with the Palestinian Authority and the leaders of Hamas and of the Islamic Movement, succeeded in reaching Beit Jann.”
“It is with pride and honor that officers like Jedan serve in the Israeli police,” police chief Yohanan Danino added. “It’s a credit to the state and a credit to society that these are their police officers.”
Assad, 38, was a father to a three-year-old son, and his wife is five months pregnant.
He was killed Wednesday when a Palestinian attacker drove his car into a crowd of people near a light rail stop in East Jerusalem. A dozen other people were injured.
Police shot and killed the assailant, Ibrahim al-Akary, from the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Shuafat, after he emerged from the vehicle and began attacking police officers with a metal bar. Akary, a father of five, was buried Wednesday night in Jerusalem.
Aharonovitch can be seen in the photo below (left).
“Today, we will accompany him to his final resting place, but his memory will never leave us,” the Israel Police said in a tweet.
מפקד מג"ב על רפ"ק גדעאן אסעד, שנרצח אתמול בפיגוע: "היום נלווה אותו למנוחת עולמים, אך זכרו לעולם לא ימוש מקרבנו" pic.twitter.com/w3PZ1hkXPc
— משטרת ישראל (@IL_police) November 6, 2014