Victim: ‘They Wanted to Kill Us Because We Are Jews’

Yair Ofer from Kohav Hashachar, one of the Jews wounded in the shooting attack Monday in the Binyamin region, spoke to B'Hadrei Haredim​ from his hospital bed Tuesday morning about his ordeal. 

"We went to a basketball game of the community in Eli, and when we were on our way back, a car drove slowly in front of us and then [the terrorists] shot at us and continued to drive away; we somehow we managed to get out of there," Yair said. "Security forces arrived quickly and took very good care of us in the field and I am grateful to everyone." 

"We were four guys, we did not understand why [the drivers were] driving slowly and then we heard gunshots and we realized we were being fired at," he continued. "You hear the news and say to yourself that it will not happen to you, and you think it's something that happens to others, and you do not worry about it; you think, 'okay what are the chances it will happen?'." 

Yair then elaborated more on what actually happened.

"When he started shooting, you cringe and try to somehow protect the head; I'll never forget that feeling, You feel helpless, someone is trying to take your own life because you are Jewish," he recounted. "It could have ended differently and I would not be speaking to you today." 

Yair also spoke about the difficult situation of his best friend, Malachi Moshe Rosenfeld, who is currently in serious condition in Shaarei Tzedek hospital in Jerusalem. 

"The door would not open so I jumped out the window and crawled away and heard talk about how he lost his consciousness and he is in a difficult situation," he said. "These are good people. We went to a basketball game like everyone else, but they want to kill us because we are Jews." 

"[Terrorists] are not afraid to do it and it's important for me to say this: they have nothing to lose," Yair added. "In the worst case scenario, the state would send them to prison conditions which are better than what they have at home. They have nothing to lose."

Yair also commented on the latest spike in attacks in Judea and Samaria, noting that a good deal of the problem lies with the "settler" label. 

"They say I'm a 'settler.' What does this mean, 'settler?" he fired. "I grew up in Jerusalem and looked for a nice place to raise my children. I am a father of two children and I'm married, and they are my life."

"I am a student and I work very hard so that we have money and live well enough," he continued. "No one gives me money. The state doesn't help 'settlers.' I pay tax and national insurance, and we work hard and listen to them call us 'settlers,' and it's 'okay' for them to do that because we are 'land grabbers."

"No!" he added. "Overall, we believe that the Land of Israel is ours and it is our right to live there."

"I have never hit an Arab, I work with Arabs, and I treat them as people like any other people, whom we should treat with respect," Yair declared. "I'm not going to war. We want to live in peace." 

Source: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/197481

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