THE CAR Alexander Levlovitz (inset) was driving is seen after his fatal collision.
(photo credit: ARIK ABULOFF / JERUSALEM FIRE AND RESCUE SERVICES)
Several hundred mourners attended the Wednesday evening funeral of Alexander Levlovitz, who was killed on Monday after his car was stoned in Jerusalem’s Armon Hanatziv neighborhood while driving home with his two daughters after celebrating Rosh Hashana.
During the funeral attended by Deputy Defense Minister MK Rabbi Eli Ben-Dahan, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat and Jerusalem City Council member Dov Kalmanovitz at the capital’s Har Hamenuhot Cemetery, Levlovitz, 64, was eulogized by his children and wife.
“Nothing can prepare a person for a moment like this,” said son Nir, Arutz Sheva reported. “How can I go on without you? To [not] feel your unconditional love? “You rest in the soil of the city in which you were born, which you loved, in which you were murdered,” he tearfully concluded.
“The sky cried after the holiday,” Levlovitz’s daughter, Maya, added, according to Arutz Sheva. “How can we say goodbye to a person like you? Who could believe this would happen to us?” “One rock destroyed our lives,” his wife, Iris, said.
“You’ve given us so much happiness in our life. I thank you for everything you did for us. You were taken from us due to a baseless hatred that you never had in your heart.”
Following the funeral, Barkat declared that the government will drastically increase punitive measures against rock throwers, regardless of age.
“Whoever throws rocks has blood on his hands,” the mayor said. “There is no doubt that the government and all the [legal] system must increase the punishment and produce deterrence. A teen who throws a rock… will sit in prison for a long time and his family will pay expensive fines.”
Harsh punishments, Barkat said, are the only solution to the attacks frequently carried out by Palestinian youths who are released to their parents’ custody due to their status as minors.
“Every youth will think a thousand times before picking up a rock or other weapons and murdering people, and that’s where we need to get to,” he said.
Still, the mayor conceded that such proposed deterrents are far from becoming reality.
“I remind everyone that we are far from where we should be. The punishment must change, and we must come to terms with this reality,” he said.