Two British-Israeli-Israeli sisters were killed in the West Bank attack. Their father has stated that he will be haunted by the call he missed. His wife, who also died from injuries sustained in the attack, was also hospitalized.
Israel announced Monday the passing of Lucy Dee (45).
After the attack on Friday of suspected Palestinian militants, she was in a coma.
Maia and Rina Dee were 20-year-old daughters of Maia and Rina, respectively who died at the scene when their car was forced off the road.
The husband and father of the victims, who were in a car some distance away from him, was not hurt. However Mrs Dee was flown to hospital in critical condition.
Rabbi Leo Dee spoke on Monday and said that “our family of 7 is now a household of 4”. He described how he tried to call them after hearing that a car was attacked along their route.
“I called Lucy – no answer, I called Maia – no answer, I called Rina – no answer. Then, at 10.52am, I received a missed call from Maia – it was not my attention and I hadn’t picked up the phone.
He said, “The feeling that she called me during the attack but I wasn’t capable of speaking to her”
Dee stated that the terrorist had used a Kalashnikov rifle to carry out the attack – which involved 20 bullets.
It took place near Hamra, approximately 30 miles north Jerusalem. However, the family was located in Efrat, close to Bethlehem.
Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli Prime Minister, visited the scene and promised to capture the criminals.
Sir Ephraim Mirvis, the chief rabbi of the UK, led tributes and tweeted that “our unimaginable pain has reached even greater depths”.
He said, “I vividly remember being welcomed by Lucy into her Radlett home, where she and Rabbi Dee were passionately, & lovingly engaged with enriching people’s life through education, inspiration, and acts of kindness.”
Leo Dee served as senior rabbi of Radlett United Synagogue, Hertfordshire, from 2011-2014, and was assistant rabbi in Hendon (north London), from 2008-2011.
Mordechai Ginsbury (rabbi at Hendon synagogue) said that the family returned to Israel in 2014.
He claimed that the Dees were “the most beautiful, loving people” and was “so sorry”.
“To think that this has happened in a few seconds, so senselessly, and painlessly, is just devastating,” said Mr Ginsbury.
Lucy Dee died after an Israeli military raid on the West Bank claimed that a 15-year old had been killed.
It was reported that Mohammad Balhan was struck in the abdomen, chest and head near Jericho.
Israel claimed Monday’s raid at the Aqabat Jabr refugee camps was intended to capture people suspected of attacking. It also stated that its troops were subject to live fire and explosives.
Alessandro Parini, an Italian tourist, was also attacked by a car in Tel Aviv on the same day.
The attacker was shot dead by police as he reached for the weapon. Five other tourists, including Britons were also hurt in the incident at the promenade.
According to an Israeli security source, the attacker was identified as an Israeli-Arab hailing from Kafr Qassem.
Friday’s strikes came after Israeli strikes on Gaza and Lebanon, which were launched as a response to rocket attacks it had received on Thursday.
Tensions are high after the raids on Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem last week, as both Ramadan and Passover are coincidentally.
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After prayers, several hundred Palestinians were still present when tear gas and stun grenades were fired.
Israeli police claimed that they attempted to remove them peacefully, but that a small group of people – some with fireworks, sticks, and stones – obstructed their way in.
Local residents blame Israeli authorities for the violence, while Jordan and Egypt who are involved in peace negotiations, condemn the police’s actions.
This year has seen violence rise in the region, with at least 90 Palestinians and 19 Israelis and foreigners being killed.