Naama and Rabbi Eitam Henkin z”l
The Jewish religious calendar of the Days of Awe started with Rosh Hashanah, continued with Yom Kippur and the harvest festival of Sukkot ending with Simchat Torah-the celebration of Ha Shem’s gift of the torah. In Israel it has been the scene of daily violence and pitched battles on the Temple Mount between rock and Molotov cocktail throwing Palestinian protesters and Israel security and border police. This period of Jewish religious observance sorrowfully culminated in a murderous Palestinian spectacle in both Samaria and yesterday in Jerusalem. Thursday, Palestinian terrorists committed a random drive by shooting murdering Rabbi Eitam and Naama Henkin z”l (of blessed memory) from the community of Neira in their car while traveling on the road between Itamar and Elon Moreh in Samaria. She was killed instantly by the wanton gunfire. Rabbi Eitam Henkin heroically opened his door to shield the couple’s four sons, ages 9 to less than three months in the back seat, later succumbing to his mortal wounds. When the vehicle with its flashing emergency lights and a door open was approached by an Israeli paramedic one of the older Henkin surviving boys screamed, “they murdered my parents. “ Rabbi Eitam and Naama Henkin were American Olim from a respected Orthodox family. The One Family Fund began an emergency appeal for support of the four orphaned and traumatized Henkin boys who are now in the care of their grandmother. The Palestinians ‘celebrated’ this heinous crime. Israel National News reported that Friday, October 2, 2015, thousands attended the funeral s of Rabbi Eitam and Naama Henkin who were interred in Jerusalem’s Har Hamenuchot Cemetery located near the western entrance to the capital city.
From New York, Prime Minister Netanyahu excoriated Palestinian President Abbas, condemning him for his silence. This was in the wake of a speech by Abbas suggesting that Israel hadn’t implemented the Oslo Accords in effect justifying non –observance of prevailing agreements. Of course, the UN lent its tacit support by agreeing to raise the flag of the Palestinian Authority at the UN. The PA has never been admitted as a full member , although it holds observer non-state status, enabling it to avail itself of membership in a number of UN organizations and treaties including access to International Courts.