Father of hero Israeli border police woman murdered by muslim terrorists in Jerusalem: ‘I salute you’
Hadar Cohen, 19, laid to rest in Yehud’s military cemetery
Seconds before she herself was killed, Border police woman Hadar, 19, saved the life of her fellow officer and friend during Wednesday’s attack in Jerusalem.
At her funeral a day later, her father Ofer, his voice filled with tears, saluted her freshly dug grave.
“They say you were a true hero, but they do not know your warmth, your love of life, your captivating smile,” he said as he eulogized his daughter.
Hadar had been drafted into the Border Police just two months ago and had her swearing in ceremony just one week prior to the attack.
She and Border Police woman Ravit Mirilshvili were stationed at the Damascus Gate with other officers as part of their training, when the troops noticed two suspicious young Palestinian men sitting on a bench.
After they asked them for identification, one of the men took out a gun and another brandished a knife. He stabbed Mirishvili multiple times before Hadar shot him. She herself collapsed seconds later into unconsciousness from a bullet wound.
The two men along with a third friend, had planned a large attack in the city, but had paused by the Damascus gate. All three were killed in a short gun battle with the border police.
Doctors at Jerusalem’s Mt. Scopus hospital were unable to save Hadar, who was buried Thursday in the small military cemetery in her home city of Yehud, in the center of the country.
“How can I part from you,” said Ofer, who ended his short speech by stating: “I am proud of you and I salute you.”
Hadar’s commanding officer, Motti Elbaz, who also saluted her, recalled the tears of joy and happiness just the week before at the swearing in ceremony for the incoming police officers when the young woman promised to defend her country with her life.
“Who would have believed that just one week later your parents would be shedding tears of sorrow,” he said.
When the attack occurred, “you responded with bravery and determination, killing one of the terrorists.”
“In your death you saved the lives of citizens and prevented a national tragedy,” Elbaz said.
Her sister Mor said, “my darling Hadar, you have now become the nation’s darling. I am writing to you of my deep pain with tears of blood.”
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