Two Israelis were killed and a third was wounded in a West Bank shooting attack on Sunday: The two victims, identified as Ziv Hajbi, 35, and Kim Yehezkel-Levengrond, 29, succumbed after suffering critical wounds.
Hajbi, a married father of three, lived in Rosh Ha’ayin. For the past three years, he had worked as an accountant at the Alon recycling plant in the Barkan industrial park, where the attack took place. He would have celebrated his 36th birthday this weekend. His family has decided to donate his organs.
“Ziv was a model son, a model father, a model husband and son-in-law,” said Asaf Daabul, a Rishon Letzion city councilman and family friend.
“Three months ago, he wanted to quit his job, but because the company valued him highly, it improved his benefits and he stayed,” Daabul added. “It’s an irony of fate ... It’s infuriating, it’s painful.”
Hajbi’s mother told Army Radio her son was “a terrific boy, an angel.” Rafael Alon, who owns the company where Hajbi worked, called him a “fantastic guy.” His funeral will take place Monday afternoon at Moshav Nir Yisrael.
Yehezkel-Levengrond, the second victim of the attack, was married with one son and also lived in Rosh Ha’ayin. Hundreds attended her funeral in the Rosh Ha’ayin cemetery.
Yehezkel-Levingrond mother’s called out at her funeral, “Where are you taking my daughter? Where?”
Communications Minister Ayoub Kara spoke on behalf of the government. “I have no words to express the sorrow and grief over this abominable murder by a despicable terrorist. I came to tell the devoted husband and the baby who unfortunately will never see his mother – I’m sorry. I’m sorry that I’ve been trying for years to persuade the Knesset and the government to advance a law to allow the death sentence for terrorists, but I have not succeeded.”
She worked in the financial department of the same company 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.”
Another cousin, Sapir, said Yehezkel-Levengrond had worked at Alon while studying for the bar exam.
“Kim was someone full of the joy of life, beautiful both outside and inside,” Sapir said. “She was a mother in the fullest sense of the word, a proud mother who adored her son and her husband Guy. She was a happy person.”
Natalie, a friend, said that when Yehezkel-Levengrond brought her toddler son to preschool Sunday morning, “she was smiling and happy ... We haven’t yet digested this enormous disaster.”
The suspect in the case is a Palestinian from the town of Shweika, near Tul Karm, who worked in the factory as an electrician. Other employees said he hadn’t come to work for the past few weeks.
Alon, the owner, said the suspect had been summoned to the office where Hajbi and Yehezkel-Levengrond work to fix an electricity problem, but as soon as he came in, he opened fire at them. Another woman in the office, who hid under a desk, was moderately wounded.
The assailant fled, and the security services are searching for him. The army says he apparently acted alone.
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