The crowd of mourners, including many young people and soldiers, gathered in Jerusalem’s Givat Shaul Cemetery, where South Africa-born Eliyahu Kay was buried.
Mourners carry the body of South Africa-born Eliyahu Kay (25) during his funeral in Jerusalem on 22.Picture: Menahem Kahana / AFP
JERUSALEM – Thousands of people attended the funeral Monday of a South African-born young Israeli man who was killed the day before in a rare Palestinian gun attack in Jerusalem’s old city.
The crowd of mourners, including many young people and soldiers, gathered in Jerusalem’s Givat Shaul Cemetery, where Eliyahu Kay was buried.
Kay, 25, was pronounced dead in a Jerusalem hospital on Sunday after being wounded in a gun attack by a Palestinian member of the militant Islamist movement Hamas.
Another civilian and two police officers were injured and the perpetrator was shot dead by Israeli forces.
Israeli Public Security Minister Omer Bar-Lev said the “premeditated attack” was carried out by a Hamas agent who lived in the Shuafat neighborhood of east Jerusalem, which was occupied and annexed by Israel in 1967.
Hamas, which governs the Gaza Strip, identified the attacker as Fadi Abu Shkhaydam, congratulated him and welcomed the “continuation” of the struggle to “liberate” Jerusalem.
Banners were shown on Hamas’s Al-Quds television station as “tributes” to Abu Shkayhdam.
On Friday, Britain said it wanted to follow the United States and the European Union and completely ban Hamas as a terrorist group because it was unable to distinguish between the Islamists’ political and military wings.
Kay was killed on her way to work as a guide at the Western Wall, the holiest place for Jews to pray.
Shmuel Rabinowitz, the Wailing Wall and Holy Places rabbi who employed Kay, described him as a “sweet, young man who had his whole life ahead of him” and “everyone regardless of religion, belief, origin or origin.”
Attacks on Israeli security forces are just as common in the old city of Jerusalem as they are in the occupied West Bank. They are often carried out by individual young Palestinian men in so-called lone fighters.
On Wednesday, Israeli security forces shot dead a 16-year-old assailant who stabbed and wounded two police officers in the Old City.