Hundreds Attend Funeral of Father of Three, Killed in West Bank Terror Attack

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Ziv Hajbi.
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Hundreds attended Monday the funeral of Ziv Hajbi, the man murdered in a West Bank shooting attack on Sunday at a factory in the Barkan Industrial Zone. 

Hajbi, 35, is the second person killed in the attack. He was married to Natalie, with whom he had three children. They lived in Nir Israel, a moshav in southern Israel. Hajbi worked as an accountant in the factory.

Hajbi's mother, Iris, said in a tearful eulogy: "I don't know what to do with this, how do you handle this. He was an amazing boy. So many people came to honor you. Your father is standing next to me, he can't speak, we're both crying. You left us three amazing grandkids and we will support Natalie and help them get through this difficult period. I love you, Ziv."

One of Hajbi's brothers, Itay, said "I don't know how to begin to describe what you were to us as a brother … the successful brother you could consult with. I too, the big brother, would ask and consult with you. I can't begin to describe how it is to live without you."

Among the others who eulogized Hajbi were his second brother, Tal, Rafi Alon, the owner of the factory where Hajbi worked, who said: "Yesterday we attended the funeral of Kim that we loved so much … How could this be… We have 200 Palestinians [who work in the factory] and I believe they all love the company."

"Dear Hajbon, you always knew how to bring everyone together with total humility," said Alon Bar, a close friend of Hajbi. "You were the glue for all of us, always smiling and laughing… A man of family and friends, always knew how to bring people around him together."

The funeral of Kim Yehezkel-Levengrond, the woman killed in the attack, took place in Rosh Ha'ayin on Sunday.

Images of the victims, Ziv Hajbi and Kim Yehezkel, superimposed on a picture of the scene of the deadly shooting, West Bank, October 7, 2018.Credit: Moti Milrod

Yehezkel-Levingrond's mother called out at her funeral, “It can't be that I have to cover you in dirt, it makes no sense. My Kim, I don't want to. Where are you going, my daughter? Where?”

Yehezkel-Levingrond worked in the financial department of Alon, a recycling factory in the Barkan industrial park. Her cousin Ron described her as “a happy girl, overflowing with goodness, who made sure things were good for everyone and everything around her.”

Ashraf Walid Saliman Neloah

The assailant was identified as Ashraf Walid Saliman Na'alwa, a 23-year old from the West Bank village of Shuwaykah who worked at the Alon recycling plant, where the attack took place. Before carrying out the deadly shooting, Na'alwa gave a coworker a note in which he said he planned to commit suicide and praised late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. The note has led security forces to conclude that the shooting was a terror attack.

Earlier Monday, Israeli security forces raided Shuwaykah.  The military arrested the assailant's brother and sister, along with several other people from the village. Na'alwa himself remains at large. 

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