Zidan Nahad Seif

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Fifth victim, Druze police officer Zidan Nahad Seif, succumbs to wounds Tuesday night; seven others also wounded; FBI announces investigation into the attack.   According to police, two terrorists entered the compound and attacked with guns and axes worshipers who were leaving the synagogue.   Two traffic policemen arrived at the scene separately and were joined by a third police officer. The three engaged in a firefight with the terrorists and killed them. One policeman was critically wounded in the gunfight, and another sustained moderate wounds.   http://www.haaretz.com/news/national/1.627084


Druze- a member of a Syrian people following a religion marked by monotheism and a belief in al-Hakim (985-1021), an Ismaili caliph, as the embodiment of God.


Thousands attended on Wednesday the funeral of sergeant-major Zidan Nahad Seif, the policeman who was wounded while attempting to stop the attack at the Kehilat Bnei Torah synagogue a day before.

Seif, a member of Druze minority, was hospitalized in critical condition and succumbed to his wounds overnight Wednesday.

Many non-druze were among those who came to pay their respects to Seif. Postings on social media had urged members of the ultra-Orthodox to attend the funeral.

Muafak Tarif, Sheikh of Israel's Druze community, called on President Reuven Rivlin, who also attended the funeral, to help calm the tensions between Jews and Arabs. The Druze community, he said, will adhere to the path of peace, and will continue to serve Israel loyaly.

Rivlin, who has since taking office been vocal about the need for working towards Jewish-Arab coexistence within Israeli society, addressed Seif's family. "I stand before you in shock and in pain. Yesterday morning terror struck in Jerusalem once more. Terror that does not differentiate between people, between creeds… Your beloved Zidan, one of this State's best sons, didn't hesitate and didn't waver," Rivlin said. "He was among the first to reach the scene of the massacre, among the first to protect the people of Jerusalem. Your dear Zidane stood fearlessly before the terrorists and used his own body to blocked their attack, to block their fire."

Members of the ultra-Orthodox community in Jerusalem's Har Nof neighborhood - that had just buried four of its members killed in the attack – had launched efforts to unite in the mourning of Seif. At least one bus departed from the Jerusalem International Convention Center at 12 P.M. that was carrying mourners to his funeral.

"We are asking anyone from the ultra-Orthodox community who is able to attend the funeral of the police officer who protected our praying brothers with his body," the post on social media read. "Come show him your gratitude," it added, describing his actions – being killed while protecting Jewish worshipers – as kiddush hashem....


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