Knifed in the heart: gap-year girl whoal­wayswant­ed­to­bea­mum

The Jewish Chronicle - - WORLD NEWS - BY NATHAN JEF­FAY

A FEW months ago, dur­ing her post­na­tional ser­vice ad­ven­ture in In­dia, Hadar Buchris stayed at the Chabad House in Pushkar.

Shimshon Goldstein, Chabad’s emis­sary in the Ra­jasthan town, said that Hadar took care of his son, Shilo, and told him: “I will be a mother.”

But on Sun­day, Ms Buchris, 21, was mur­dered by a ter­ror­ist who stabbed her in the head, chest and near her heart.

She had re­turned to Is­rael ready to pursue her love of the­atre, to study Ju­daism, and to get aca­demic qual­i­fi­ca­tions.

Ms Buchris was wait­ing for a lift at a busy junc­tion in the Etzion set­tle­ment bloc in the West Bank when she was at­tacked. She was pro­nounced dead when she reached hos­pi­tal, and buried in a mas­sive fu­neral on Mon­day.

Rabbi Goldstein said: “At Chabad House she gave all of her kind­li­ness, with her in­fec­tious smile. She would come up to me and ask if she could bake a cake, just to ‘spoil’ ev­ery­one. We are in great sor­row, and sor­row for the en­tire na­tion of Is­rael.”

Her death came on the heels of the dead­li­est day in the cur­rent twom­onth wave of violence. Last Thurs­day saw five peo­ple killed by ter­ror­ists. Three died af­ter a Pales­tinian ter­ror­ist with a sub­ma­chine gun opened fire on ve­hi­cles in the West Bank. The vic­tims in­cluded Ezra Schwartz, whose mur­der sent shock waves through the di­as­pora. He was an 18-year-old from Mas­sachusetts who was study­ing in an Is­raeli yeshivah for the year, and who was in the West Bank on a brief visit to de­liver food to sol­diers. Jewish teacher Yaakov Don, and a Pales­tinian, Shadi Ara-

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hold­ing a baby in Pushkar’s Chabad House fa, were also killed. Also last Thurs­day, two men, Reu­ven Avi­ram and Aharon Ye­sayev, were mur­dered in TelA­viv while at­tend­ing a prayer ser­vice.

In an­other at­tack, 18-year-old Is­raeli sol­dier Ziv Mizrahi was stabbed to death af­ter he had a mi­nor accident while driv­ing a mil­i­tary ve­hi­cle. Af­ter get­ting out of his ve­hi­cle to ex­change in­for­ma­tion with the other driver, a Pales­tinian man ran up to him and knifed him.

Other at­tacks this week in­cluded one car-ram­ming, one as­sault that con­sisted of a ram­ming and stab­bing, and four more stab­bings. One of the knife at­tacks, in the southern city of Kiryat Gat, left four peo­ple in­jured, in­clud­ing a 13-year-old girl.

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