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Yair Har-Sinai

Body of murdered Jewish shepherd discovered near Hebron

By The Jerusalem Post Internet Staff
12 Tammuz 5761 Tuesday July 3, 2001

The body of Yair Har-Sinai, 51, married and father of nine children, was discovered at 03:00 this morning one kilometer southwest of his home in the Sussia community in the Har Hebron area. Investigators believe that Har-Sinai was shot in the back and head at close range by two assailants some time after 22:00 last night, according to Judea and Samaria police chief Cmdr. Shahar Ayalon.

Har-Sinai, who was unarmed at the time of his murder, reportedly did not carry a gun as a matter of principle, according to an Army Radio report this morning. He had been a shepherd for the last 19 years and was well known to Israelis and Palestinians in the area. Har-Sinai will be laid to rest today at 15:00 at Sussia.

Tzviki Bar-Hai, Har Hebron area Council head said during an interview that area residents would not change their daily routine, despite the Har-Sinai murder. "Our job is to go on living," Bar-Hai said. "We will continue to travel without flak jackets, to work, to school, for whatever need, in coordination with security forces about how to protect our people, Bar-Hai said.

from Arutz 7:


Rabbi Aharon Abadian, 41, father of four, was murdered yesterday afternoon within the Green Line near the northwestern Shomron while he was performing his duties as Rabbinical Kashrut supervisor in the local Arab market. His friend Rafi Menat told Arutz-7 that Rabbi Abadian was a volunteer in the local Hatzalah [rescue] organization, and was one of the leaders in the Chief Rabbinate's new department of Kashrut Supervision in the Arab sector. "He had considered leaving the job several times," Menat said, "but he felt that he was fulfilling an important role for Israel." The police agreed to forego an autopsy, and many hundreds participated in his late-night funeral in his hometown of Zikhron Yaakov (between the seacoast and the Jezre'el Valley).

While Rabbi Abadian was being buried, extensive night-long searches were underway for Ya'ir Har-Sinai (Ossenheim), 51, of Susia, who had not returned after a day of shepherding. The father of nine, his body was finally found with bullet holes to his head and back. Thousands attended his funeral today in Susia, south of Hevron. Among those who eulogized him were Rabbi Dov Lior, Deputy Minister Meir Porush, Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, Rabbi Benny Eisner, and others. Several Arabs in the vicinity were arrested, and IDF bulldozers destroyed a few temporary structures near the hostile Arab village of Yata, adjacent to the murder site.

Susia resident Akiva London told Arutz-7 today about his late friend: "Ya'ir was a unique figure in Susia. He was friendly with the Arabs, he lived with nature, was always with his sheep, refused to take weapons and not even a radio, with the idea that no one will harm him if he is 'clean.' For years we were afraid for him, and we always tried to get him to take at least a walkie-talkie. He was a man of great faith in G-d. He didn't want to use modern things, but rather electricity from wind-powered sources and water from a cistern; he lived in a stone house on the edge of Susia; he dressed in the way in which he felt that our ancestors dressed 2,000 years ago... He was very environment-conscious, and zealously guarded the state-owned lands. He had nine children, including one married daughter, one in the army, and a year-old toddler..."

London said that Susia, for which Har-Sinai has been its only terrorist victim, has almost 80 families, with several more coming this summer.


from Arutz 7:

Thousands of people attended the funeral yesterday of Ya'ir Har-Sinai, brutally murdered by Arabs the day before while grazing his sheep.

When participants began shouting and demanding vengeance for the killing, Ya'ir's widow, Dalia, took the microphone and said, "I understand you and want to shout with you. But Ya'ir was a man of deeds, not a man of words. He always said, 'nothing can be gained from words, only from deeds.' If you really want to avenge his death, come here to Susia and help me, help me with the sheep, help me with the land, there is so much to do, you have no idea. That is the real, true vengeance. Now, please let me hear the eulogies, they are very important to me. Let us conclude the funeral." There were no further interruptions.

Excerpts from the eulogies: "Ya'ir cared most about safeguarding Eretz Yisrael, his children's education, and honoring his fellowman... He always said, 'Stop and breathe, fill your lungs with this air.' Ya'ir felt a strong connection between breath (neshima in Hebrew), the soul (neshama) and spirit."

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[The author of the following letter, Tamar Bracha, an 11th grader at the Kiryat Arba Women's High School (Ulpana), is a close friend of Yair Har-Sinai's daughter Chana.]

Dear Friends and Family,
Monday night, my very close friend's father was murdered. Two weeks ago, I slept over at her house. You see, we became very good friends over the year. She had visited me in my home, and throughout the year I was trying to convince my mom to let me visit her. My mom didn't really want me to go because of the situation. Finally, I got her to agree in the last week of school with the convincing statement of "You never know what things will be like next year. Maybe then I won't be able to visit her at all."

I went to her house. They live actually right outside the settlement of Susiya. There's a small path that leads down the hill to their home. It's an amazing house. It reminds you of Heidi's house. All out of wood, so beautiful, so like a dream. They had built a small swimming pool into a stone right near their house. They have a cave right near it too (they sleep there sometimes) and on top of the cave, her brother was building a mini-house for himself to be in. They also had the place where they kept the sheep.

When she gave me a tour and showed me the mini-house her brother was building, she said that they had hired Arabs to help him, until the people from their settlement voted against it. At the surprised look on my face, she said that the Arabs were very friendly with her dad and with them. They are the same Arabs that murdered him, the Arabs they all thought were so friendly and harmless.

There were over 2,000 people at the funeral. On the way to the burial, I met my friend Chana. When she saw me, she came to me and started crying. We hugged, but I wouldn't let myself cry. Most of us didn't. We knew we had to be strong for her. What you saw in her was a strength more powerful then you could ever imagine. Her and her family. When one of the girls in our class went up to Chana and told her to be strong, Chana replied "we get stronger every minute that passes". The thing is, it was so true. You could see it in them.

At one point in the funeral, people started screaming "revenge!" Dalia, Ya'ir's wife, got up. She said she wasn't planning on talking, but what was happening here called for it. Then she said "I understand your anger, your want for revenge. But talking or screaming about it won't do anything. Ya'ir was a man of action and of little talking. The only way you could revenge is by coming and helping us. By coming and living out where we are. By making our roots there stronger and showing the Arabs that they didn't make us weaker, but stronger. That will be the real revenge."

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