Shushan funeral 311.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
In her ninth month of pregnancy, and overcome with grief, Lilach Shushan watched
her husband Yossi’s funeral from a stretcher in the small Ofakim Cemetery on
Unable to stand, she lay there, as relatives and friends placed a
cloth on her head and held her hands.
“How could they take Yossi from
me?,” she called out, between sobs. “Who will be with me at the birth? Who will
take our daughter to first grade?” she asked those around her.
husband was killed on Saturday night by a Grad missile at around 9 p.m. He had
been at home in Ofakim when he heard that missiles were falling and went to
Beersheba out of concern for his wife, who was visiting her brother in that
A piece of shrapnel hit him in the head as he left his car to race
for safety after a warning siren rang out.
Thousands of mourners crowded
into the small Ofakim cemetery to bid farewell to Shusan, who had been a coach
in HaPoel’s youth team in Beersheba.
Those who eulogized him spoke of his
love for his two small girls, his excitement over the anticipated birth of a son
and his sorrow over the loss of his mother earlier this year.
start of the funeral, and at the end, Shusan’s overwrought relatives called out
his name repeatedly.
They shouted so loudly that their voices could still
be heard outside the cemetery as mourners walked away.
The Minister of
Culture and Sports, Limor Livnat, said that Shusan had worried so much about his
wife, that his concern cost him his life.
“You loved and were beloved,”
she said. Yossi was taken from them by “murderers” – people who only had “hatred
of Jews” in their hearts,” said Livnat.
She promised that Israel would
hit back with all its might at those who killed him.