Israeli President Visits Family in Unrecognized Bedouin Village After Man Killed by Rocket Fire

'We are the tribe of Israel together,' Rivlin said during his visit to the family of Ziad Alhamada who was killed in Ashkelon

Rivlin visiting the family of Ziad Alhamada in the unrecognized Bedouin village of Swawin, May 6, 2019.
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President Reuven Rivlin on Monday paid condolence visits to the families of three of the people who were killed Sunday by rocket fire from Gaza into Israel.

“We are ‘the tribes of Israel together’ in good times and bad, in hope and in difficulty, and it doesn’t matter which tribe we belong to,” Rivlin said, during his visit to the unrecognized Bedouin village of Swawin to comfort the family of Ziad Alhamada, who was killed in Ashkelon.

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“I came to express identification with all the tribes of Israel,” Rivlin told the family. “I came to you, our Bedouin brethren, to express my condolences and the condolences of all the residents of the State of Israel for the loss of a citizen and resident of the state. We came because we are all partners, we are all citizens of this country, and together we will overcome these difficult moments as well.”

In addition to visiting the Alhamada family, he went to the home of the Peshuzman family, whose son, Pinchas Menahem, was killed in Ashdod, and the Agadi family, which lost Moshe Agadi to a rocket in Ashkelon.

“I’m doing everything possible to get to all Israeli residents who are experiencing the terrible grief of terror,” he told the Alhamada family after they thanked him for his visit. “Terror hurts indiscriminately and without mercy and we will never capitulate to it. We are together in joy and in pain, and I am praying hard that we won’t know any more pain.”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited Soroka Medical Center in Be’er Sheva, where he spoke to Maj. Sultan Aida and Cpl. Omer Shalom, who were wounded by shrapnel, before holding security talks in the city with officers of the Southern Command.

Rivlin visiting the Peshuzman family, May 6, 2019.
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Four Israelis were killed and 138 were injured in this latest round of fighting between Israel and Hamas. Agadi, 58, was killed by a rocket that fell in the courtyard of a home; Alhamada, 49, was hit by a rocket that fell on a factory in Ashkelon. Peshuzman, 21, was killed by rocket shrapnel in the courtyard of an Ashdod building, while the fourth man, Moshe Feder, 68, was killed in the Shaar Hanegev Regional Council when a rocket hit his car.