by Kobi Nachshoni
November 19, 2014
Thousands of Israeli Druze and Jews grieve at funeral for policeman slain in terror attack
Hundreds of people from Haredi sector respond to calls on social media to accompany Master Sergeant Zidan Saif on final journey: ‘We won’t be ungrateful, we will show out gratitude to those who sacrificed our lives for us’. The Druze police officer who lost his life in Tuesday’s terror attack is being honored by the ultra-Orthodox community, which was hit the hardest in the deadly terror attack on a synagogue, and the community is urging Haredi youths to attend the young officer’s funeral service.
The ultra–Orthodox community determined Wednesday that Master-Sergeant Zidan Saif, the Druze policeman who died from wounds sustained in Tuesday morning’s synagogue terror attack was a “Righteous Among the Nations”, and many urged their public to attend his funeral, even arranging free transportation from the Jerusalem International Convention Center.
Unlike their Muslim brethren, Israel’s Druze population, also ethnic Arabs, who emerged 1,000 years ago as a sect of Islam with a distinct identity, serve in the army and are in a sense more integrated into mainstream Israeli society. Nonetheless, the gesture is rare for the closed ultra-Orthodox society…..