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Funeral of Yehuda Guetta, Tapuah Junction terror attack victim

CM 06/05/2021

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The funeral of Yehuda Guetta, one of the three 19-year-old injured of the terrorist drive-by-shooting at the Tapuah Junction, took place on Thursday morning at the Heichal Yaakov synagogue in Kiryat Moshe. Guetta succumbed to his wounds late Wednesday night.Guetta died just hours before his attacker, 44 year-old Muntasir Shalabi, was arrested in the town of Silwad.
A resident of Jerusalem, he had been a student in the Itamar Yeshiva. He is survived by his parents, four brothers and two sisters.In an interview with Israel media, his mother recalled the attack and her last moments with her son, “My sister called me and told me to check if Yehuda was alright because there was an attack at Tapuah Junction…I didn’t think it was him. I called and he didn’t answer. I called Beilinson’s emergency room and they said he was there and I should come…”“We were fortunate to part with him properly and that he stayed with us a few more days,” she concluded. His friend at the Yeshiva, Nechemia Lotkin described Guetta as a “quite and gentle,” individual who told many jokes, in an interview with Army Radio station on Thursday morning. “We are still in shock, it’s taking a lot of time to digest,” he said. Yehuda Guetta, 19, was a student at the Itamar Yeshiva (Courtesy of the Family).Yehuda Guetta, 19, was a student at the Itamar Yeshiva (Courtesy of the Family).
“I send sincere condolences to Yehuda Guetta’s family,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said within minutes of hearing of the young man’s death.
“These are difficult moments for the Guetta family and the entire nation of Israel shares in your sorrow,” he said.

“My heart goes out to the Guetta family who lost Yehuda tonight, only 19-years-old, who was shot during the heinous terrorist attack at the Tapuah Junction,” a statement by Defense Minister Benny Gantz read. 

“I’m sending a courageous hug, strength, and prayers to comfort the family of Yehuda Guetta, who was murdered in a shooting at Tapuah Junction. How much pain and sorrow that he was taken like this…” President Reuven Rivlin passed on his condolences to the family as well.”We will not stand aside while cruel terror rears its head, and we will fight all the way, with perseverance and determination,” the president added. 

Transportation Minister Miri Regev also expressed her condolences to the Guetta family later on Wednesday and praised the IDF and Israeli security forces for apprehending the suspected terrorist shortly after Guetta succumbed to his wounds.  
“May Yehuda Guetta rest in peace,” Regev concluded.  

Source: Jerusalem Post

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