Five people were killed in a gun incident in an Israeli city, causing shock and panic.
Shlomo Alperin had planned to attend a religious school on Wednesday, but instead found himself at a funeral, still reeling from the most horrific attack in Tel Aviv in years.
“I’d like to attend the funerals.” After five people were killed down on the streets of Beni Brak on Tuesday, Alperin remarked, “I feel a desire for connection.”
The ultra-Orthodox man, 23, had heard gunshots from his flat before witnessing his neighbor’s body crumpled in a car and two men dead inside a cafe frequented by Ukrainian construction workers.
Michaela Ursulan, 25, was still in her jammies on Wednesday as she mourned her friend, one of two Ukrainians killed in the attack.
“Every day we talked,” Ursulan said, a candle flickering in her kitchen as she looked at photos of her pal on a recent fishing trip.
Ursulan that she and her companion, both from Chernivtsi in western Ukraine, had migrated to Israel for employment and had bonded while living so far away from home.
“Our parents aren’t here; everyone is in another country,” she explained.
Two Ukrainian nationals, two ultra-Orthodox Jewish individuals, and an Arab Christian police officer from northern Israel were killed late Tuesday by a Palestinian shooter wielding an M-16.
The two Ukrainians were not identified, but witnesses Lior Rahimi said they were manual laborers, pointing to a corner business and cafe.
The 38-year-old described them as “nice and kind men” who “used to sit here for hours each day after work.”
Diaa Armashah, a Palestinian from the West Bank village of Yabad, was recognized as the offender by police. On the scene, he was shot and killed by police.
Yaakov Shalom, 36, and Avishai Yehezkel, 29, members of Bnei Brak’s ultra-Orthodox community, were buried on Wednesday. Amir Khoury, a 32-year-old Arab Christian police officer from Nof Hagalil, was to be laid to rest on Thursday. “It’s excruciating. “It’s your neighbors,” Alperin explained. “It was a waste of my neighbor’s life.”
The gun spree in Bnei Brak was the Jewish state’s third fatal incident in the last week.
Two Arab Israeli civilians shot and killed two police officers in the northern city of Hadera on Sunday, in an attack claimed by Daesh.
Days before, in the southern city of Beersheba, an Arab Bedouin Israeli citizen who had previously attempted to join Daesh killed four people by stabbing and ramming his vehicle.
“There is genuine terror!” claimed Neta Levi, a 37-year-old artist.
“I’m going to avoid crowded areas,” she said in Ramat Gan, a city near Bnei Brak, adding that she hadn’t told her young sons “so they don’t feel terrified.”
On security camera footage, Roni Maili, 65, witnessed the attacker stalking the office stairs.
“There was a door between him and myself,” he explained. He explained, “I generally leave the door open.” “I’m not sure why I shut the door.”
“I don’t know how I’m alive,” he continued, adding that he couldn’t sleep since the horrific experience kept replaying in his mind.