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Israeli Police Award Posthumous Honor to Rabbi Slain Trying to Prevent Attack

Ynetnews reports: Israel Police Commissioner Roni Alsheikh (pictured) has approved posthumously awarding a special commendation from the police to Rabbi Nechemya Lavi, who died in a stabbing attack last October in Jerusalem’s Old City.

During the attack, a terrorist armed with a knife attacked Aharon Banita-Bennett and his wife, stabbing them repeatedly. Lavi, who was at his home at the time, rushed to assist and was murdered. Border police troops who arrived at the scene shot and killed the terrorist.

Alsheikh telephoned the rabbi’s widow, Neta, and informed her of the award. She said, commenting on the recognition of her husband’s heroic act to provide aid, “It’s good to see that the state doesn’t forget, and that there’s appreciation from the Israel Police.”

Elkana Bar-Eitan Breton, Lavi’s brother in law, wrote on his Facebook timeline, “Nechemya worked very hard every day for years in order to be the special person he was. Nechemya always put others before him so it was obvious to anyone who knew him that if he had to sacrifice his life in order to save others he would do so… I am lucky and honored to have these amazing people as family.”

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