Victim of car-ramming attack remains in serious condition
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Victim of car-ramming attack remains in serious condition

Even Ezer Holaring, from the Bnei Menashe community, underwent surgery for head injury after terror attack south of Jerusalem

Jacob Magid is the settlements correspondent for The Times of Israel.

Even Ezer Holaring, 35, who was seriously wounded in a car-ramming terror attack on November 17, 2017 (courtesy)
Even Ezer Holaring, 35, who was seriously wounded in a car-ramming terror attack on November 17, 2017 (courtesy)

The seriously injured victim of Friday’s car-ramming terror attack remains in a serious condition after undergoing brain surgery, the hospital said Saturday evening.

The man, Even Ezer Holaring, 35, from the Bnei Menashe community, continued to be treated in the intensive care ward and was sedated and not yet breathing on his own, the Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem said.

Holaring was seriously wounded when he was hit by a car driven by a Palestinian terrorist early in the morning as he stood at the Gush Etzion Junction south of Jerusalem in the West Bank.

His wife urged people to pray for the father of five.

“I am the wife of Even Ezer who was wounded in the attack this morning,” she said in a short video from the hospital on Friday. “His condition is very serious and I am asking every one to pray for him, Even Ezer, the son of Malka,” she said.

A car that a Palestinian terrorist rammed into two Israelis in the central West Bank on November 17, 2017. (Israel Defense Forces)

Holaring was taken for surgery with a head wound, surgeons at Hadassah said.

Even Ezer Holaring, 35, who was seriously wounded in the car ramming terror attack on November 17, 2017 (courtesy)

“He suffered a head wound. He has an intracranial hemorrhage and will require brain surgery,” his doctor said. “He’s in serious condition, but he is stable.”

Holaring, who lives in the West Bank settlement of Kiryat Arba, is from the Bnei Mensahe community.

The Bnei Menashe are Indians who claim descent from one of the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel.

Some 1,700 Bnei Menashe have settled in Israel over the past 15 years, with a further 7,000 waiting to immigrate.

Another 162 people from the community arrived on Thursday.

They say their ancestors were sent into exile by the Assyrian Empire more than 27 centuries ago, after which they wandered through Central Asia and the Far East for centuries before settling in what is now northeastern India, along the border with Burma and Bangladesh.

“I have known Even Ezer since India, before we brought him and his family to Israel in 2006,” said Michael Freund of the Shavei Israel organization that encourages the emigration to Israel of the community.

“We will do all we can to help him and his family,” said Freund. “He has five small children and we are all praying for him.”

Just after 6:30 a.m., the 17-year-old Palestinian terrorist barreled his car into the first victim, a 70-year-old man, David Ramati, who sustained a light head wound, at the Efrat South Junction.

From his hospital bed, David Ramati recalls getting hit by a car in a terrorist attack outside the West Bank settlement of Efrat on November 17, 2017. (Screen capture: Shaare Zedek Medical Center)

From his hospital bed, the first victim, Ramati, described seeing the Palestinian terrorist, “with a big smile on his face,” driving toward him at some 100 kilometers (60 miles) an hour. Ramati said he had a pistol and tried to shoot the 17-year-old driver, but he was hit by the car before he could.

The terrorist continued down the road to the nearby Gush Etzion Junction where he hit and seriously injured Holaring.

The army said at that point the driver got out of his car with a knife and tried to stab soldiers who were standing nearby.

“The soldiers responded by firing towards the attacker, resulting in his injury,” the Israel Defense Forces said in a statement.

Israeli soldiers operate a checkpoint at the entrance to the village of Halhul, the hometown of a terrorist who rammed his car into two Israelis earlier in the day, on November 17, 2017. (Israel Defense Forces)

 

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