Staff Sergeant Tuvia Yanai Weissman, the 21-year-old combat soldier of the Nahal Brigade who was murdered while shopping by knife-wielding 14-year-old Arab terrorists on Thursday, was buried at 8 a.m. on Friday at Har Herzl military cemetery in Jerusalem.
While shopping for Shabbat at a Rami Levy supermarket in Sha'ar Binyamin northeast of the capital, the young father of a four-month old baby girl was caught by surprise by the terrorists from nearby Bitunia. He was critically wounded and succumbed to his injuries after being evacuated to Shaare Tzedek Hospital.
In the attack a 36-year-old man later identified as Avi Avital was also stabbed and moderately wounded; he remains under treatment at Hadassah Mount Scopus Hospital.
Weissman was a combat soldier in the Nahal Brigade and lived in Ma'ale Mikhmas in the Binyamin region of Samaria. He studied at a high school in Jerusalem and at a pre-military academy in Kfar Eldad in Judea. He enlisted in the Nahal Brigade and got married during his military service. Weissman leaves behind his wife Yael, a four-month-old daughter, his parents and three brothers.
Security cameras at the Sha'ar Binyamin shopping center revealed the terrorists being stopped for questioning by a security guard at the entrance to the center. After roughly a minute-and-a-half of questioning they were let in – with the lethal knives hidden on their bodies.
Other footage revealed the two walking freely in the Rami Levy store for a full 20 minutes as they hunted for victims before attacking.
After stabbing their two victims, the terrorists were shot by two armed civilians in the store, and then brought in for treatment at Hadassah Mount Scopus Hospital.
Following the attack, the IDF decided to close the Sha'ar Binyamin Industrial Zone to Arab entry, aside from employees with work permits at the site. It was also decided that a route connecting Al-Ram and Adam will be closed to Arab traffic, and that security checks on Arabs coming out from the Ramallah region will be intensified.