Thousands of people, including many chareidim, attended the funeral of Zidan Nahad Seif, the Druze police officer who was the fifth person to die in the terror attack in Har Nof.
Seif was critically wounded in the shootout with the two Palestinian terrorists and died some hours later at Hadassah Hospital. He was laid to rest on Wednesday afternoon in his Western Galil village of Yanuh-Jat.
In recognition of Seif’s heroic sacrifice, hundreds of chareidim came to the funeral on buses from Har Nof and other parts of Yerushalayim.
“He protected our brothers in prayer with his own body — we have come to show him our gratitude and sanctify G-d’s Name,” said one of the organizers of the initiative, adding that the chartered buses had been sponsored by chareidi donors seeking to honor Seif’s memory.
Among the numerous dignitaries in attendance were leaders of the Druze, Jewish, Christian and Muslim communities, as well as President Reuven Rivlin,Public Security Minister Yitzchak Aharonovitch and Police Commissioner Yochanan Danino.
Shas MK Rabbi Eli Yishai also spoke, addressing the deceased: “Zidan, you who sacrificed himself, proved extraordinary heroism and courage, and through force prevented further lives from being lost,” he said. “The heart of the entire Jewish people is with your family, and your name is engraved on our hearts forever.”