Seder-bound Israeli killed by West Bank shooter

Baruch Mizrahi, the victim of a Passover terrorist attack in the West Bank, was laid to rest April 16 during an emotional ceremony in the section of Mount Herzl cemetery reserved for police officers.

Mizrahi, a chief superintendent with the Israel Police, was killed April 14 when a gunman armed with what is believed to have been an automatic rifle opened fire on Israeli cars near Hebron as they traveled to a seder in the Kiryat Arba settlement. His wife and 9-year-old son were wounded in the attack.

Mizrahi was the head of the tech division of the Israel Police. He had served for 25 years in the IDF, holding senior posts in elite intelligence units. A police statement said that his contributions to Israel’s security had been substantial. Mizrahi left behind five children, the youngest of whom read Kaddish as the funeral procession began.

Six senior police officers accompanied Mizrahi’s casket, wrapped in an Israeli flag, while hundreds of mourners looked on. Minister of Internal Security Yitzhak Aharonovich and Israel Police Chief Commissioner Yohanan Danino were present.

Meanwhile, IDF forces were engaged in a large-scale manhunt for the person responsible for the attack. As of midweek, military checkpoints were still operational and a door-to-door search of a nearby village continued. The initial investigation determined that at least one terrorist approached the road on foot and opened fire at close range on the first vehicle that passed. After the gunfire, the attacker ran to another point, from which he fired on several other Israeli vehicles before escaping. —