Druze police officers murdered in deadly terror attack laid to rest

30-year-old Sgt. Haiel Sitawe was laid to rest on Friday afternoon after he was murdered by three Israeli Arab terrorists who carried out the deadly attack at the Temple Mount earlier today. Three weeks ago, Sitawe’s wife gave birth to their first child. 22-year-old Kamil Shnaan, who was also murdered in the attack, was buried a few hours later.

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Haiel Sitawe and Kamil Shnaan, the two police officers who were murdered Friday morning during the Temple Mount terror attack, have been laid to rest. Sitawe was buried in Maghar and Shnaan was buried in Hurfeish.

Sitawe enlisted into the Israel Border Police in 2012 and was stationed in the Temple Mount area of Jerusalem. Three weeks ago, his wife gave birth to their first son. “Your friends are unable to cope with the fact that you are no longer alive,” said Israel Police Commissioner Roni Alsheikh during the funeral. “Dear family members, words cannot describe the degree of the pain. Your pain is our pain. Your mourning is our mourning. You’ve become an integral part of the Israel Police family. We are hugging you and promising that you will never walk alone.”

Haiel Sitawe laid to rest Photo Credit: Shogim L'Yamin

“We will always remember your loveable character,” said Ziyad Dagesh, the local council head. “As is our way, we will accept the decree in an upright manner because it is the will of God.”

As reported by JOL earlier today, the three terrorists were identified as Israeli Arabs who lived in Umm al-Fahm: Ahmad Mohammed Jabarin (29), Mohammed Hamed Abdal-Latif Jabarin (19) and Mohammad Ahmad Fadel Jabarin (19). The families of the terrorists have set up mourning tents in Umm al-Fahm.

The funeral Photo Credit: Shogim L'Yamin

Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Israeli security and defense officials in order to assess the situation following the terror attack. Netanyahu ordered that the mourning tents be disassembled and that the Israel Police increase the security measures in Jerusalem’s Old City.

“This is a sad day for our brothers in the Druze community who are paying the heaviest price in our shared duty to defend the security of Israel,” Netanyahu wrote on Facebook. “I salute them and their heroism. May their memories be rooted in our hearts forever.”

Near the Temple Mount after the terror attack Photo Credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash 90
Maghar, today Photo Credit: Channel 2 News

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