Thousands Attend Funeral of Policewoman Killed in Jerusalem Attack

Hadas Malka, 23, is survived by her parents and five siblings ■ Security minister vows at funeral: 'We will not bow our heads to the terrorists'

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The funeral of Hadas Malka, June 17, 2017.
The funeral of Hadas Malka, June 17, 2017.Credit: Israel Police
Almog Ben Zikri
Almog Ben Zikri

Thousands of people attended the funeral on Saturday night of Hadas Malka, the border policewoman who was killed in a stabbing attack in Jerusalem on Friday.

Hadas Malka.

Malka, 23, served in the navy for seven months before insisting on being transferred to a combat role in the border police force, where she was trained as a commander.

Friday's attack unfolded in Jerusalem's Old City when three Palestinian assailants armed with guns and knives attacked security forces. Malka was stabbed by one of the assailants while trying to reach for her gun. All three attackers were shot dead by officers at the scene.

Speaking at Malka's funeral, Internal Security Minister Gilad Erdan vowed, "we will not give in and we will not bow our heads to the terrorists."

Malka's friends, who arrived at the family's home following the fatal attack, said of the officer, "she was our heroine and now she is everyone's heroine."

Malka is survived by her parents, two brothers and three sisters.

Friday's attack, which took place near Damascus Gate, was claimed by both ISIS and Hamas, but the Israeli army said it was carried out by a local cell.

Following the attack, Israel revoked permits allowing Palestinians from the West Bank to visit Israel on occasion of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

On Saturday, a closure was imposed on Deir Abu-Mash'al, the West Bank village the terrorists came from, and the families of the attackers have had their work permits in Israel rescinded.

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