Hundreds Mourn Israeli Terror Victim

Jerusalem, Oct. 31 - Ami Moshe, 56, a loving father of four died Saturday (Oct. 29) after he was struck near his stomach by a Grad-rocket fired by Palestinian terrorists in Gaza in Ashkelon. He was driving when the rocket was fired and did not manage to get to safety in time. Ami was also a grandfather, a brother, a son, and a romantic partner to Ella. He fought for his life for hours after the terror attack at Barzilai Medical Center, but ultimately, doctors could not save him.

Ami was part of a large Yemenite-Jewish family in Ashkelon, a city on Israel’s coast located about 8 miles north of Hamas-run Gaza. At his funeral in Ashkelon Sunday (Oct. 30), hundreds of mourners wept, often uncontrollably, for their sudden and almost unbelievable loss.

Ami’s sister, Zehava, spoke at the funeral: “Ami, your brother died while serving in Lebanon. Your father recently died. What grief! You couldn’t get home to do all the things you wanted to do, to be with your grandchildren, with your Ella, your kids, to come back to us and tell jokes, make music that you love, and live your life the way you always have, with joy.”

Ella, Ami’s partner, said she had spoken to Ami on the phone about an hour before he was struck by the rocket. He was out all day and told her he was stopping off at the supermarket. She answered, “No Ami, I miss you. Come back. We’ll go to the store together.” After not hearing from Ami again, Ella called back, and he answered his phone and said, “Ella I’m hurt,” but could not manage to say much else.

Ashkelon’s Mayor Benny Vaknin said: “Today is a day that all of Ashkelon mourns. A precious life was taken from our small little town, a kingly person… We pray that he is our last sacrifice. This is an unforgiveable murder. He was stolen from our hearts.”

Tzviya, Ami’s mom, also lost her husband a few days ago. Funeral attendees said she is ill and that the sudden grief from her son’s death is “too much” for her to handle.

Mourners said that Ami was a joyous man, a construction worker with a passion for music, arts and sports. “Building a house, building a country,” was what Ami used to say, they told The Israel Project.

“It just happened out of nowhere, one minute he was here and the next he was gone. There wasn’t even a war. It’s all for nothing,” wept another one of Ami’s sisters as she left the funeral.

Shlomit, a friend of the family, added, “Let there be peace in Israel. That is what we pray for.”

Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attack that killed Ami and for the dozens of other rockets fired over the weekend. They struck schools and homes, injuring several people and sending dozens into shock. Public schools and universities in southern Israel remain closed. Israel fired at terrorists and foiled rocket launchings in Gaza through airstrikes. Eleven terrorists were killed.

By Monday (Oct. 31) morning, Israeli sources said they expected the quiet to hold despite six rockets being fired from Gaza overnight.

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