Today, the three men who were murdered during an earlier terrorist shooting were hailed by Israel as heroes. The Times of Israel reports that the Border Police officer and security guards murdered outside of Jerusalem were buried as their loved ones and countrymen mourned:
Thousands of mourners gathered on Tuesday afternoon to pay their final respects to the three Israelis who were killed by a Palestinian terrorist in the Jerusalem-area settlement of Har Adar earlier in the day.
Border policeman Solomon Gavriyah, 20, civilian security guards Youssef Ottman, 25, from Abu Ghosh and Or Arish, 25, a resident of Har Adar, were laid to rest in separate funerals.
Gavriyah was buried in his central Israel hometown of Beer Yaakov, in an emotional ceremony that saw several family members collapse from grief.
In Jerusalem, Arish was buried in the city’s Givat Shaul Cemetery, with the funeral closed to the press.
In the nearby Arab Israeli town of Abu Ghosh, hundreds attended the funeral for Ottman. The burial was held in both English and Arabic, and was attended by police officials, Knesset members, and town mayor Issa Jaber.
Gavriyah, who was posthumously promoted to staff-sergeant, had joined the Border Police for his mandatory national service and had recently been serving as a policeman in the Jerusalem seam area along the boundary with the West Bank.
The 20-year-old was mourned by his girlfriend as “the best person I knew.”
“You never complained. You were a warrior. A hero, my hero,” she said...