Hebron dad turns his killer son in

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Lucky to not have been with her family, this grief-stricken girl lost her father and brother in a terror shooting last Friday afternoon on their family car near the settlement of Otniel, about 16 kilometres from Hebron. Seven family members were in the car travelling to the girl's Shabbat pre-wedding celebrations. She was to have been married this Tuesday. Israel is to lodge a formal complaint to the ICRC after a Red Crescent ambulance refused to stop and help.
by ANT KATZ | Nov 16, 2015

Forty-year-old Rabbi Yaakov Litman and his son Netanel, 18, an ambulance volunteer for MDA, were killed in the terrorist attack. Rabbi Litman’s wife and 16-year-old son were injured. Three daughters, aged 5, 9 and 11, were treated for shock.

The Red Crescent, the Muslim version of Magen David Adom (MDA - Israel’s emergency and ambulance services) - drove past the horrific site after the incident and reportedly refused to stop. Israel is to lodge a formal complaint with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).


RIGHT: Memorialised - Rabbi Yaakov and Netanel Litman


After their car drove off the road and crashed, Netanel called Israeli emergency services but the terrorists approached the car and killed him.

The younger son, aged 16, called emergency services and said that a Palestinian Red Crescent ambulance had approached the scene but then drove away.

A Hebron man was arrested for the deadly attack on Saturday night after being turned in by his own father, according to the Shin Bet.

Israeli army troops arrested Shadi Mutawa, 28, the Shin Bet security agency announced on Sunday. It later said Mutawa is a member of Islamic Jihad.

Mutawa, a father of two, implicated himself in the attack during questioning. The car and the weapon believed to have been used in the attack, were seized by the Shin Bet.


LEFT: Family and friends mourning at the funeral in Jerusalem of terror victims Rabbi Yaakov Litman and his son Netanel (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the foreign ministry to lodge a complaint with the ICRC in Geneva. The Red Crescent operates under the auspices of the ICRC and, as such, is required to aid all who require assistance.

“We do not retreat. Even when our blood, the blood of fathers and sons, is spilled,” said President Reuven Rivlin on the Jewish State’s fight against the massacre of its innocent subjects.

Rivlin's passionate eulogy in Jerusalem 

“Whether in Paris or Hebron, Jerusalem or New York, we must fight a bitter and stubborn struggle against those who massacre innocent people, against those who murder in cold-blood,” President Rivlin said on Saturday night in a eulogy at the Jerusalem funeral, where Yaakov and Netanel Litman were buried side by side.

“We are not afraid, we do not surrender and we do not retreat. Even when our blood, the blood of fathers and sons, is spilled, we remember that our roots are planted in the earth of this land.”


MDA not untouched by the tragedy either

In an impassioned plea to the community on Saturday night, Eli Bin, director general of MDA where young Netanel Litman worked as an ambulance volunteer, appealed for fundraising efforts for bullet-proof vehicles for MDA.


RIGHT: The bride-to-be grieves for her father and brother as she folds his MDA uniform


“As many of you heard, a tragic incident occurred just before Shabbat. A family was gunned down by a terrorist on the way to celebrating a festive Shabbat Chatan,” said Eli Bin of the incident. 

“I call upon all of you, your communities and synagogues, to launch a fundraising campaign in order to collect funds during this Shabbat for 12 new bullet-proof ambulances and for three bullet-proof command vehicles to be placed in active service ASAP! Let us protect MDA's lifesaving paramedics and medics, let us strengthen Israel,” he said.

Chief Rabbi: 'Where is mercy on the bride?'

In his eulogy, Ashkenazic Chief Rabbi David Lau said: “How painful… in place of a wedding there is a funeral of a father and son! Where is the mercy on the bride? A wedding has turned to grief and sorrow.”

The wedding, which was scheduled for Tuesday November 17, has been postponed. The couple said the postponement would not be long.

“We must move on… bring joy back to the family,” the daughter’s fiance, Ariel Beigle, told Walla. 

Yaakov Litman was a teacher at the Merkaz Harav Yeshiva High School in Jerusalem, where eight leaqrners were killed in the yeshiva’s library by a Palestinian terrorist in 2008. Netanel Litman was an ambulance volunteer for Magen David Adom. 

All MDA emergency vehicles are to carry this special commemorative flag in solidarity with France


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