The victim’s widow declared, “He was murdered because he was a Jew.”
Rabbi Itamar Ben-Gal was laid to rest Tuesday in Har Bracha, a small Israeli town south of Nablus, a day after he was murdered by an Arab as he was waiting for a ride near the town of Ariel, on the way to attend a family celebration.
Hundreds of people, including Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein and Deputy Defense Minister Rabbi Eli Ben-Dahan, gathered at the community to accompany Ben-Gal, a 29-year-old father of four, on his final journey.
Edelstein eulogized Ben-Gal as a loving family man who dedicated his life to education and faith in God.
“How short his life was, but how full,” Edelstein said. “He headed an exemplary family and had a deep love for the Land of Israel and a connection to the Jewish people.”