A joker with a passion for karaoke, an eternal optimist who loved to blow money
on clothes, a good-hearted young man whose trust in the good will of others lead
to his death.
There were many descriptions given by mourners at the
funeral of IDF soldier Sgt. Tomer Hazan on Sunday afternoon, all of them
marked by a feeling of tragedy and bewilderment at a life cut short and a death
still clouded in mystery.
A little over 24 hours earlier, Palestinian
Nidal Amar led Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) officers to the well in Samaria
where he hid Hazan’s body after killing him the day before, shortly after
luring him to the area after they got off work at a Bat Yam
On Sunday, at the Holon military cemetery, friends of the
fallen soldier spoke of him as the life of the party with a wicked sense of
humor, a gracious and generous young man who planned to travel with his friends
after their army service and then move in with them in a bachelor pad in Tel
Aviv. Hazan had a magnetic smile, friends said, and would light up and steal the
microphone when a song he loved was played at karaoke, though one friend
admitted, there wasn’t a single song he didn’t love.
emotion, Hazan’s father, Aryeh, did not speak Sunday, but in front of several
hundred mourners, Hazan’s mother, Sara, described her son as a good-natured man
whose naïve belief in the good intentions of others led him to trust the man who
would murder him.
She also expressed a sort of resigned acceptance that
they had now joined the legion of bereaved Israeli families, saying the family
now had a new home to visit every day, at the Holon military cemetery.
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