Rabbi Itamar Ben-Gal together with his family [Photo Source: הקול היהודי]

On Monday afternoon, at the Ariel junction bus stop in Samaria, a 19-year old Israeli-Arab terrorist stabbed Rabbi Itamar Ben-Gal, a 29-year-old resident of Har Bracha (Samaria). The Rabbi would later die of his wounds, but not before first running to a nearby bus that had stopped at a station nearby, while the terrorist chased after him.

Shocking Video FootageRabbi Itamar Ben Gal is stabbed to death by an Arab terrorist at the entrance to the city of Ariel.The Rabbi was only 29 years old and the father of four.May his memory be a blessing.Video Via:באזזנט

Posted by Eretz Yisrael on Monday, February 5, 2018

Rabbi Ben-Gal reached the bus, knocked on its door for help and then immediately collapsed, according to Ynet News. The terrorist then fled the scene. Magen David Adom (MDA) paramedics arrived at the scene, assisted by an Israel Defense Forces (IDF) medical unit and first treated Ben-Gal, who suffered from multiple upper body wounds. They managed to resuscitate him. He was then taken to the Beilinson Hospital at the Rabin Medical Center in Petah Tikva, where he was pronounced dead.

While the terrorist, identified as Abed al-Karim Adel Assi from the city of Jaffa, was attempting to flee the scene, an IDF officer who had witnessed the attack chased the terrorist in his car and rammed him. This, however, was not enough to stop the terrorist, who then continued to flee the scene. An unidentified driver then picked up al-Karim and the terrorist escaped. The IDF has been searching the area and continues to look for Abed al-Karim Adel Assi.

Investigators discovered the identity of the 19-year old Israeli-Arab terrorist resident of Jaffa after finding his backpack at the scene, which contained his Israeli ID card.

Yossi Dagan, head of the Samaria Regional Council said, in response to the terrorist attack, “We are still agitated by the abominable terrorist attack in which Rabbi Itamar Ben-Gal, the husband, and father of four children from the Har Bracha community, was murdered. Residents of Samaria, like all residents of the State of Israel, must receive an answer regarding the [apparent] security issue. As mayor, I am not supposed to stand twice a month in front of bereaved families and tell them what happened to them the worst. […] Those lowly murderers came to harm our security and to chase us out of our country. […] The entire nation of Israel wants a qualitative answer, an integral answer and to change the map with regard to the issue of communities of Judea and Samaria. The motivation to murder Jews must not exist.

Yesterday’s terrorist attack comes less than a month after another resident of Samaria, Rabbi Raziel Shevach of blessed memory, who was murdered in a terror attack while he was driving his car on Highway 60.

Rabbi Itamar Ben-Gal, was an educator at a Bnei Akiva Yeshiva in Giv’at Shmuel. His funeral will take place this morning in Har Bracha. He is survived by his wife, Miriam, and four children. Our hearts and prayers are with the Ben-Gal family.