On Friday evening, Stand for Israel reported on the horrific stabbing attack carried out in Halamish, an attack during Shabbat dinner that left three dead. The Times of Israel's Raoul Wootliff reports on this weekend's funeral for the three members of the Salomon family, where thousands of their countrymen gathered as the victims were laid to rest:
Yosef Salomon, 70, and his two children Chaya Salomon, 46, and Elad Salomon, 36, were killed by a 19-year-old Palestinian, who infiltrated the West Bank settlement of Halamish on Friday night and attacked them in their home as they were celebrating the birth of a new grandchild with the family.
A five-minute walk from the entrance to the cemetery, surrounded by tall trees of the Ben Shemen forest, friends and relatives once again gathered together, but this time without the jokes and singing that accompanied the celebration on Friday and so much of the time in the Solomon family home.
Each of the six eulogies given before the burials mentioned the seemingly endless warmth and love that Yosef both had for, and instilled in, his family and community.
To the audible sobs of the some 3,000 strong crowd, Rabbi Yonatan Glass, the rabbi of Halamish, described Yosef and the Salomon family’s effect on the close-knit settlement nestled in the Samarian hills, north of Ramallah.
“Only someone with no remnant of humanity could raise their hand against Yossi and his family,” he said. “Yossi made everyone he came across happy. The Salomon family household was based on making other people happy.”
Yosef’s daughter Orit, one of three children who survive their father and siblings, said she now felt an emptiness having lost the “rock” of the family...