Eliyahu David Kay Death – Eliyahu David Kay has died during an attack by the Palestinian Islamist movement, Hamas, in Jerusalem’s Old City. He was a tour guide in Jerusalem. He was shot while on his way to pray and later died in Hadassah Hospital. According to a report, Kay moved to Israel in 2019. Before working at the Western Wall, he had completed his military service and volunteered in a Kibbutz Nirim.
He was shot while on his way to pray and later died in Hadassah Hospital. Kay sustained multiple gun wounds including fatal shots to the head and despite resuscitation efforts of the emergency teams, he was pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital. Hamas, in power in the Gaza Strip, identified the attacker as Fadi Abu Shkhaydam. It congratulated him and hailed the “continuation” of the fight to “liberate” Jerusalem.
Kay’s brother Kasriel reportedly said he was the first of the family to move to Israel, saying he has served in the army as a combat soldier. His brothers had later joined him in Israel. Kay’s fiancée Jen Schiff said in an interview shared on social media. Jen said, “felt it was important to share how much Eli loved” Israel.
Jen said; No matter what people do or say he always treated people with love and respect. She also described him as loving, caring, considerate.
The Western Wall Heritage Foundation and the rabbi of the Western Wall, Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, described the incident as a “despicable murder” that had left them “deeply pained”. Rabinowitz said, “[Kay], a new immigrant from South Africa, worked as a guide at the Western Wall Plaza, warmly greeting everyone he met, doing his sacred work. We share in the deep sorrow of his family and friends. May his memory be a blessing.”
He studied at Tomchai Tmimin Yeshiva in Kiryat Gat before enlisting the IDF in 2018. Yeshiva Dean Rabbi Reuben Schneersohn eulogized Kay, calling him “an incredible boy, full of smiles and from a good family that wanted to add the study of the Torah to his life.”
His funeral was set to take place on Monday morning in Jerusalem.
Photo Credits – Yaacov Behrman via Twitter.