September 16, 2019

Israeli Father Shot in Terrorist Attack Dies of Wounds

A wounded Israeli man is evauated to Beilinson hospital in Petah Tikva, after a terror attack at the entrance to the northern West Bank settlement of Ariel.(Flash90)

A father of 12 shot during a terror attack in the Ariel and Gitai junctions in Judea and Samaria died Monday morning, March 18, of his wounds.

Rabbi Achiad Ettinger of Eli is the second person who killed in the Sunday, March 17, morning attack. Ettinger, who reportedly fired four bullets at the attacker from his car after being shot in the head and neck, was the founder of the Oz V’emuna Hesder Yeshiva in South Tel Aviv.

Ettinger’s family asked that his organs be donated, JTA reported.

“Rabbi Ettinger’s life’s work will continue and be amongst us even after his passing, and the strength he gave his pupils and the community he led will continue to strengthen us through the enormous grief and sorrow,” President Reuven Rivlin, who visited the family at the hospital on Sunday, said in a statement.

The suspected attacker, who has not been found as of Monday morning, has been identified as Omar Abu Laila, 19, of the Az-Zawiya village. He reportedly does not belong to a terror organization nor have a history of security violations. JTA reports that Israeli security officials have arrested his father and 16-year-old brother.

On Sunday morning, Abu Laila allegedly stabbed soldier Gal Keidan, 19, and stole his gun, shooting at passing cars at the Ariel Junction where he hit Ettinger, before getting in an abandoned car and heading to the next location, where he shot at soldiers waiting at a bus stop. Keiden was buried Monday morning in Beersheba.