The two children murdered by their father on Moshav Yishrash last week will be buried Wednesday in a ceremony at a Columbus, Ohio, synagogue.

The ceremony will take place at the city’s Torat Emet synagogue and is expected to be a large community event, according to a Tuesday statement from the Rackman Center for the Advancement of Women, which has been assisting the mother since the tragedy happened last Wednesday night.

The girl, 12, and boy, 10, were killed just hours after arriving in Israel from the United States to visit their father, who is divorced from their mother. The father himself came to the Ramle police station after the murder to tell police that he had stabbed his children to death at his home on the moshav.

Due to a gag order, the father’s identity and that of the mother and children cannot be published in Israel.

Since the murder, questions have arisen about whether it could have been prevented.

The Jerusalem Post
learned after the killing that the mother and her two children had been in a therapeutic program at a battered women’s shelter in Jerusalem for nearly a year following domestic violence against her by her husband. Many have questioned how a court awarded the father visitation rights allowing him to watch the children unsupervised.

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