Leviya in Karnei Shomron
By Moshe Burt
This past Motzai Shabbat, we returned to another new week and yet
another Pigu'a. This time, 2
teenagers were killed and some 25 others were injured at the hands of an Arab
Suicide Bomber. I want to
emphasize, that's Arab Suicide Bomber.
Recent news bears out that today's Arab worker can and many times does
become tomorrow's house or car thief, harasser of Jewish Children, attacker,
shooter or suicide bomber.
I had recently sent out an email to a group where I related that I
asked an Arab worker for his Teudah Zehut.
One respondent, a paradigm of this "Political Correct"/Jewish
"Sha, Schtill" syndrome, wrote
just before Shabbat, "STOP
acting as an idiot! You have no
right to ask for a Teudah Zehut of someone.
If he has a blue one, he is an Israeli Arab and there is no reason to
hassle him. Anyway, you
should stop acting like this. It
will ONLY cause damage in the neighborhood!!"
I'm just a little sick and tired of bogus "Political
Correctness" or plain old Jewish "Sha, Shtill" and equivocation
when it's at the expense of Jewish life and blood.
It is against this background that I write about the Leviya of
Keren Shatsky, of blessed memory, which took place this afternoon (Monday 18
Feb., 2002). Keren was one of
the 2 young people killed by the Suicide Bomber on Saturday night.
Keren was 15 years old, resided in Ginot Shomron and was a student
at the Lehava Ulpana in Kedumim. She
had gone to the mall with friends for some recreation and Pizza.
The Israel Government Press Office on Monday, February 18, 2002 reported
the following as emailed by Aaron
Lerner of IMRA (Independent Media, Research and Analysis);
"On Saturday night Keren went to the local Yuvalim Mall in Karnei
Shomron to meet friends, eat pizza, and talk. Since its opening six months ago,
the mall has become a popular meeting place for local youth. She was killed in
Keren was the youngest daughter of Chava and Shabtai Shatsky, who
to Israel from the US in 1984 and moved to Ginot Shomron in
For those hamstrung and tongue-tied Jews who fear making waves
regarding the use of Arab Labor or concerning our divine right to Yishuv Eretz
Yisrael, let them get a glimpse that I saw today in Ginot Shomron or, for that
matter, a month and a half ago in Ashdod or in countless other Leviyot or Shiva
Houses of true blue and white commitment and passion for Our Land.
Yesterday, five us represented Beit Shemesh/Ramat Beit Shemesh in
joining with the family, friends and residents of Ginot Shomron, Karnei Shomron
and neighboring Shomron towns in paying our final respects to Keren Shatsky, of
blessed memory, one of the two young people
killed in the bomb blast.
We took bus #474 from the Central Bus Station in Jerusalem at 12
noon and arrived in
Karnei Shomron at 2:25 PM.
We stepped off of the bus onto Rehav'am Boulevard which was named for the
slain Tourist Minister, former MK and former General in the IDF Rehav'am "Ghandi"
Ze'evi. I was told that the
Boulevard was only recently renamed after Ze'evi on
We walked along the Boulevard toward the Neve Aliza neighborhood of
Ginot Shomron and toward the Beit Knesset Heichal Rafael where the Hespid was to
take place. As we walked, we passed
the Shopping Mall where the attack occurred. At the mall, we found hundreds of young people in
vigil, huddled together in small groups. We
also found hundreds of small remembrance candles, an empty store converted into
a small Beit Knesset named for Nehemia and Keren.
We also passed by the remains of the Pizza shop which is already
undergoing restoration -- a sign of the strength, resilience, will and fortitude
to survive, to go on and to prevail despite Arab terror.
We continued making our way along Rehavim Boulevard past where it
becomes Rechov Ha Alon to Beit Knesset Heichal Rafael.
Along the way, I met several friends of mine who live in the towns of the
Arriving at the Beit Knesset, there were hundreds more people,
adults and young people in the courtyard in front of the Shul.
As a Kohen, I stood as far from the entrance to the Beit Knesset as
possible as Kohanim are not permitted Halachically to be near or in the same
room with a dead person . In
the midst of the crowd, I spotted 2 young girls, apparently friends and
classmates of Keren, clinging to each other in tearful embrace.
A third young lady was trying feebly to comfort one of the young girls. A picture tells it all.
It's hard to understand how Government political leaders are not
visibly moved or shaken in their hearts and minds by scenes such as these -- of
distraught young people and why events such as this past Saturday night in
Karnei Shomron don't serve as catalysts for our leaders to take decisive action
to defend and secure their fellow Jews and Our Land. It's hard to understand where the hearts and minds of the
politicos are in contrast to people who suffer, persist and give their lives for
a Land which is Ours. It's as if,
like Pharoh, Hashem hardens the hearts and souls of Israel's Governmental
Leaders. They just can't deep-six
the notion of Oslo, Arabs, Arafat and "peace"/piece.
At 3:20 PM, the body was borne to a point just outside of the
entrance to the Beit Knesset and all assembled were reciting Tehillim for the
After the Tehillim, Rabbi Gold, a Rabbi living in Ginot Shomron
gave a Hespid speech. He spoke of
the Chessed of keren's parents, Chava and Shabtai Shatsky, how he had learned
with Keren's father for some 16 years and how the Shatsky family had helped he
and his family with their Klita. He
said about Keren that there were great hopes that Keren would continue in the
ways of Chessed of her parents. All
of these hopes came to an abrupt end this past Motzai Shabbat.
Then Keren's classmates spoke at the Hespid voicing a tearful
farewell. From there, the body was
moved in procession to the cemetary for burial.
Three of our Ramat Beit Shemesh contingent caught the autobus #465
back to Jerusalem at 4:25 PM. Two
others left by different means after the Leviya.
Burt is a writer and commentator on events in Israel who made Aliyah 3 years ago
and is the founder of the Sefer Torah Recycling Network.
He is a former resident of Philadelphia, Pa.
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