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Friday, March 7, 2008

Politics at a funeral: Rabbi accuses Israeli government for murder of Yeshiva students

""The time has come for all of us to understand that an external struggle is raging, and an internal struggle, and everyone believes the hour has come ... for us to have a good leadership, a stronger leadership, a more believing leadership," said Shapiro, weeping."
The time has come, for Jews to stop accusing Jews of murders caused by Arabs, and to stop playing politics with grief. Of course government policies caused the attack. The terror attack was probably payback for the accident that happened to terrorist Imad Moughnieh. Does the rabbi think Moughnieh did not need to be killed?
Ami Isseroff
Last update - 11:34 07/03/2008       
Thousands gather for funerals of slain yeshiva students
By Haaretz Service and News Agencies
Thousands gathered outside the bullet-scarred Mercaz Harav yeshiva in Jerusalem on Friday to begin funeral processions for eight students killed by a Palestinian gunmen in a nighttime attack on the library where they were studying.
In his eulogy before the procession, yeshiva head Rabbi Ya'akov Shapira criticized the government over its willingness to cede territories to the Palestinians.
"The time has come for all of us to understand that an external struggle is raging, and an internal struggle, and everyone believes the hour has come ... for us to have a good leadership, a stronger leadership, a more believing leadership," said Shapiro, weeping.
A rabbi recited psalms line by line, the crowd repeating after him, in memory of the dead students, one of them 26 years old and the rest teenagers between ages 15 and 19.
People packed nearby balconies to observe the ceremony, after which the bodies were to be taken for burial.
The procession left the yeshiva at 10 A.M. and will continue on to the victims' communities for burial.
Nine other people were wounded when athe gunman entered the crowded library and opened fire.
The head of the Zaka emergency service described the scene after the shooting as "like a slaughterhouse."
The fatalities have been identified as Yochai Lipschitz, 18, of Jerusalem; Yonatan Yitzchak Eldar, 16, of Shiloh; Yonadav Chaim Hirschfeld, 19, of Kochav Hashahar; Neriah Cohen, 15, of Jerusalem; Roey Roth, 18, of Elkana; Segev Pniel Avihayil, 15, of Neveh Daniel; Avraham David Moses, 16, of Efrat; and Maharata Trunoch, 26, of Ashdod.
Three of the wounded in the attack at the Mercaz Harav yeshiva in the Kiryat Moshe neighborhood were serious condition, and taken to Hadassah Medical Center in Ein Karem.
The other six were lightly hurt and taken to Sha'arei Tzedek Medical Center.
The yeshiva, which enrolls close to 1,000 students, is widely recognized as the flagship institution of the Religious Zionist movement. The yeshiva was headed for many years by Rabbi Zvi Yehuda Hacohen Kook, the son of the noted rabbinic scholar Avraham Hacohen Kook.
The Jerusalem Police increased its forces in the city in the wake of the attack. On Friday, only Muslim men over the age of 45 with a valid blue identity card will be allowed to enter the Temple Mount for prayers. Female worshippers will not be limited from entering.
The seminary shooting was the first major attack by Palestinian militants in Jerusalem since a suicide bomber killed eight people on February 22, 2004.

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