The victim of the stabbing attack at Segula Junction in Petah Tikva Wednesday was identified as Rabbi Shai Ohayon, a member of the Breslov hasidic movement and father of four. He was 39 years old.
David Yosef Mugrabi, a close friend of Rabbi Ohayon, told Channel 13 News: “The family cannot believe it. It doesn’t compute. His mother, an elderly woman and a widow, would be willing to give her life for his. Many people from his community, where he was their rabbi, cannot accept or compute this. He was incapable of harming another person.”
Mugrabi added, “We met 11 years ago when I was looking for a place to study. He was holy during his life and he is holy even now. He studied with dedication he first earned a degree as a rabbi … and moved on to become a city rabbi at 39 with a young wife and four children.”
The terrorist, a Palestinian Authority resident from the Shechem (Nabulus) area working in Israel, was apprehended by officers at the scene.