A senior Christian figure was stabbed to death in Jaffa on Friday night during a
march to mark Orthodox Christmas.
The unidentified attacker was dressed
as Santa Claus, according to witnesses.
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Police identified the victim as
Gabriel Cadis, the chairman of the Jaffa Orthodox Church Association.
suspects, all members of the Christian community in Jaffa, were arrested on
Police do not suspect a religiously motivated
Police spokesman Moshe Katz told The Jerusalem Post
stabbing occurred at the end of a march held by the Christian community along a
“People nearby evacuated him from the scene,” he
Cadis was rushed to Wolfson Medical Center in Holon. He was
pronounced dead shortly after arrival.
A funeral procession was held for
him in Jaffa on Saturday afternoon. A somber mood descended on Yefet Street, as
more than a thousand mourners joined a procession from the Cadis family home to
St. George Church.
A cross-section of the Jaffa mosaic was on
display at the procession with leaders from the Christian and Muslim communities
joining teenage bystanders, local activists, city councilmen, family and friends
to bid farewell to Cadis.
The procession was led by a large contingent of
scouts who periodically stopped to play taps, ahead of a minivan carrying Cadis
in an open-face casket.
The van was flanked by Orthodox priests who cast
clouds of incense behind the vehicle’s open back doors. Bells from St. George
Church next to the Old City rang out as the mourners made their way into the
pews, and hundreds of well-wishers crowded outside.
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