The Jerusalem Shooting Victims: A Beloved ex-Knesset Worker and a Decorated Cop

Levana Malichi was well known by Knesset members; Yosef Kirme had won a medal this year for thwarting a terror attack.

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The victims, Levanah Malichi and Sgt. Yosef Kirme, were both from Jerusalem.
The victims, Levanah Malichi and Sgt. Yosef Kirme, were both from Jerusalem.Credit: Courtesy

Authorities identified the two victims of Sunday's terror attack in Jerusalem as Levanah Malichi and Yosef Kirme, both Jerusalem residents.

Malichi, 60, was critically injured in the first of three attack scenes, at the Ammunition Hill light rail stop. She was evacuated to Jerusalem's Hadassah University Hospital, Mt. Scopus, where she was pronounced dead. Her funeral was scheduled for 7:30 P.M. in Givat Shaul. She was survived by her husband, three children and six grandchildren. Malichi's nephew, Harel, said: "The family is grieving and hurting. We are still trying to digest the bitter news."

Malichi worked in the Knesset for over 30 years, starting out in the cafeteria until her retirement in 2010. Longtime workers in the Knesset said they remembered her as beloved by all, dedicated, caring and modest. They noted that she kept in touch even after retirement and continued participating in various events in the building. Knesset speaker Yuli Edestein is expected to eulogize Malichi at her funeral.

MK Yoel Hasson (Zionist Union) met her for the last time two weeks ago in the Knesset hallways. "When I saw her the last time, she was beaming, smiling," he recalled. "You could see that retirement had done her good. It is fun seeing people retire and not withering but rather living a new life."

Hasson met Malichi when he was working for former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. "Sharon really loved her," said Hasson. "He knew her and had a special connection with her. She was very motherly. She knew what you loved to eat, knew what you needed. She was always good at pampering."

He said that every Knesset employee who saw her picture immediately recognized her.

Hasson recalled: "I remember her being very opinionated. She was worried about what was happening to the country." He added that she followed the drama in the Knesset very closely, noting that the "Knesset was more than a work place for her."

Albert Sakharovich, the Knesset director general, said, "Knesset employees are shocked by the horrible murder and are hurting together with Levanah Malichi's family."

Sgt. Yosef Kirme, 29, was shot during the exchange of fire with the terrorist in Sheikh Jarrah. He was critically wounded and was pronounced dead at Hadassah University Hospital, Mt. Scopus. Kirme was survived by his wife, parents and two siblings. His funeral was held Sunday afternoon in the police section of the Mt. Herzl cemetery.

Kirme was a member of the Isarel Police Special Patrol Unit. Kirme, who joined the police four years ago, was awarded a medal of honor last December after thwarting a stabbing attack in the capital. In that incident, Kirme and his patrol partner noticed a suspicious man next to a kindergarten and went to check him out. They found a knife while searching the man, who later confessed that he had been planning a stabbing attack.

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