A protest rally was held on Tuesday evening outside the village of Shvut Rachel, next to Shiloh in the Binyamin region, the spot where Malachi Moshe Rosenfeld was murdered on Monday night by a terrorist gunman.
Hundreds of residents of the Binyamin region participated in the rally, which began with evening prayers and reading of psalms.
The rally was addressed by, among others, Rabbi Ohad Krakower of Rosenfeld’s community Kochav Hashachar, the head of the Yesha Council and head of the Binyamin Regional Council Avi Ro’eh, and Shimon Rahamim, a member of the Kochav Hashachar secretariat.
The speakers called on the Israeli government to come to its senses and act with determination to eradicate terrorism and to stop the policy of "containment" of terrorist attacks, noting that “gestures” towards Palestinian Arabs during Ramadan have only increased the terror.
“In any place, at any time where, G-d forbid, something like this happens, a new community should be established at the same spot with the full encouragement and support of the Israeli government,” Rahamim said at the rally. “The local communities here cry out, call and ask all factors who can assist in establishing a community right here to act in this regard, and to the Israeli government: Stop the groveling. Groveling will not lead to peace, but will increase the bloodshed.”
Rosenfeld succumbed to his wounds earlier Tuesday. He was the most seriously injured of the four victims of Monday night’s attack, and was evacuated to hospital in critical condition by military helicopter. In the hours following the attack his father made a plea for the public to pray for his recovery.
Rosenfeld and his three friends – who were also injured in the attack – were the latest victims of what the IDF now believes to be an organized terrorist cell operating in the Binyamin region.
The cell is believed to be behind a number of previous attacks over the past several days, including the shooting of an ambulance and the murder of hiker Danny Gonen.