None (other than Israel) dare call it terror
For those who have been in a cave for the last 18 hours or so (no, I have not been - I spent yesterday with the family and only tweeted about it last night), Eitam and Naama Henkin HY"D (May God Avenge their blood) were murdered last night by 'Palestinian' terrorists affiliated with the 'moderate' Fatah group of 'moderate' 'Palestinian' President
Eitam was the son of Rav Yehuda and Rabbanit Hannah Henkin, the author of the Bnei Banim responsa and the founder of Nishmat, respectively. He was the great grandson or Rav Yosef Eliyahu Henkin, one of the most prominent American rabbis of the mid-20th century and author of the Gvurot Eliyahu responsa.
An affiliate of the 'moderate' Fatah terror organization has taken responsibility for the attack.
The funeral took place on Friday morning, but because of the holiday, the shiva (one-week intense mourning period) does not start until Monday night. The family asked the media not to live broadcast the funeral ceremony (the media here often broadcasts funerals of terror victims).
Rabbanit Henkin eulogized her son Friday, noting that he had been a wellspring of support and nachas, joy and fulfillment, for her and the Rabbi.
"We had a special language between us of Torah and Halakha [Jewish law - ed.]," the Rabbanit stated. "You continued in the Torah ways of your father and grandfather, with talent, with integrity; you were a man of Torah in all things."
"You wrote a book on Jewish law in your twenties; people did not believe you were so young," she continued.
[President Reuven] Rivlin also eulogized the couple.
"We don't give eulogies on Chol HaMoed [intermediate days of Passover and Sukkot - ed.], but you cannot stand silent in the face of a father and mother, who were well-loved, who were murdered at the hands of a murderous savage and robbed their children of their parents," Rivlin began.
"Like many of the people of Israel, I learned about your personality too late," he continued. "This morning I was shown some of the Torah works the Rabbi wrote during the short years of his life. What we can we say? That we lost a brave and original scholar? That we lost a huge rabbi, who hails from a family of giants, a man of letters who was also a man of action - or that we simply lost a loving father?"
Rivlin noted that Naama wrote him personally after the murder of 25 year-old Danny Gonen in June.
"I told you that the responsibility for the security of all the [Judea-Samaria] residents is in our hands, and that I would visit every home whose light had been extinguished [i.e. from terror - ed.]," Rivlin stated. "I never thought I would then be coming to visit your home."
Rivlin vowed not only to embrace the bereaved Henkin children, but also to keep a principle of togetherness from the Mishna the Henkins proudly posted on their Sukkah - "They will be connected unto one union, and will atone for one another." (Hebrew: יקושרו כולם, אגודה אחת, והן מכפרין, אלו על אלו).
"Naama, I promise you that the embrace we see today from the whole nation will not stop," he said. "This was your will, and so it will be actualized - this is the togetherness in which you invested."US Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro unequivocally condemned the attack. But his bosses at the State Department did not. From my Twitter feed:
What point of bringing terrorists 2 justice if ultimately US will force Israel 2 release them anyway? .@AmbShapiro https://t.co/Q3e6szwu5x— IsraelMatzav (@IsraelMatzav) October 2, 2015
Meanwhile, supporters of the Fatah terror organization celebrated..@Marianhouk .@AmbShapiro .@gershonbaskin Terror attacks call 4 unequivocal condemnation not even-handed statements https://t.co/mXh2Xxmmr0— IsraelMatzav (@IsraelMatzav) October 2, 2015
Still waiting to hear more unequivocal condemnations of these heinous murders financed indirectly by the United States and the European Union. By the way, Abu Mazen has had nothing to say thus far.Photo:Members of PA Pres Abbas' Fatah org,which claimed resposnsibility for yesterday's terror attack, celebrate it. pic.twitter.com/yCK4cIeKeM— Ofir Gendelman (@ofirgendelman) October 2, 2015
Netanyahu last night: "our entire leadership denounced the attack in Duma. I visited the family; why is Abbas silent now on this attack?"— Amir Tibon (@amirtibon) October 2, 2015