Itamar Ben Gal

Itamar Ben Gal and family

We are deeply saddened by the murder of Itamar Ben Gal, 29, who as stabbed to death outside the town of Ariel as he waited for a ride to a celebration for his new-born nephew.

Itamar leaves behind four small children between the ages of 7 months and 6 and a half years, his wife Miriam, his parents, Daniel and Shoshana, and 5 siblings. He worked as a middle school teacher at a Bnei Akiva yeshiva in Givat Shmuel, and also taught at the yeshiva in Har Bracha.

Shortly after the stabbing, Itamar managed to flag down a bus to call for help. “Terror attack, terror attack, I’ve been stabbed,” he called out to the driver and collapsed. An ambulance came to bring him to the hospital. But he succumbed to his wounds shortly thereafter.

He was buried in his hometown of Har Bracha because it was “the community he loved and wanted so much to develop,” said his wife before his funeral. “I lost my husband on the land of Israel. He was murdered because he is Jewish. I am here in my home, in the home that he will not return to,” she said.

Speaking directly to Itamar, she added: “I want to promise you that we will be strong. I will continue raising our children, and we will live with joy, like you wanted.”

His father, Daniel, said the entire family was grief-stricken by the loss.

“We received a precious gift some 30 years ago, and today we part with this gift with much grief,” he said.  “We have no idea how to continue without you, without your smile, without your good face, always radiating with joy. Your joy of educating the next generation in Israel has lit up your face.”

“My dear son, don’t worry. We will continue supporting your young, sweet children until they get to build their own homes in Israel. Those whose wicked plan is to stop us will not succeed,” he added emphatically.

Security forces identified the terrorist, and even hit him with one of the vehicles, but he managed to slip away leading to a massive search of the area.