More than 10,000 Israelis and visitors from around the world who are in Israel for the Sukkot holiday week gathered at the Har Hamenuchot cemetery today to pay their last respects to Rabbi Eitam and Na’ama Henkin, who were murdered on Thursday night by terrorists in Samaria.
The couple, who were in their 30s, and their four children were ambushed between the settlements of Itamar and Elon Moreh while driving home from ayeshivah event in Hebron. Both were shot numerous times and were pronounced dead when medics arrived.
The children—ages 9, 7, 4 and an infant—witnessed the attack but were physically unharmed.
Eitam Henkin’s mother, Chana Henkin, the founder of the Nishmat Institute for Advanced Jewish Studies in Jerusalem, said that the grandparents would raise the children as their own.
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat joined others who eulogized the couple as dedicated, loving parents.
According to the Hebrew daily Ma’ariv, a group affiliated with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah faction took responsibility for the attack. A wide-ranging search for the terrorists is underway.