“My flesh and my heart faileth; but God is the rock of my heart and my portion for ever.” Psalms 73:26 (The Israel Bible™)
Genadi Kaufman, who was seriously wounded in a stabbing terror attack at the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron earlier in the month, succumbed to his wounds on Wednesday morning. He is the latest victim of the current terror wave seizing Israel, which has taken the lives of 25 Israelis and Jews.
Kaufman had been on life support at the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem for the past three and a half weeks after he was attacked by a terrorist with a knife in Hebron and received critical stabbing wounds in his heart, lungs, and stomach on December 7.
In a statement, the hospital said, “Despite the difficult and stubborn struggle of various teams for three and a half weeks, he did not survive his serious wounds.”
Kaufman made aliyah from the Ukraine 21 years ago, and was a resident of the Jewish city of Kiryat Arba near Hebron. He was the father of two, including a son in the Israeli navy and a seven-year-old daughter. He worked as a maintenance man at the Tomb of the Patriarchs, which, according to Biblical tradition, is the burial place of Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Rebecca, Jacob, and Leah.
He was attacked while standing at a security checkpoint near the Tomb. A 21-year-old terrorist from Hebron arrived at a bus stop nearby and stabbed Kaufman before being shot to death by Border Policemen stationed at the checkpoint.
Malachi Levinger, head of the Kiryat Arba Council, spent the night at Kaufman’s bedside. He said in a statement following Kaufman’s death that the community had been praying for Kaufman’s recovery and healing ever since the attack.
“The family is in great pain,” he said. “In recent days we prayed deeply for the recovery of our friend. We ask people to strengthen the family and the community in these difficult days.”
Hebron and its surrounding areas in Judea and Samaria have been the site of a large proportion of the terror attacks in recent months, with many terrorists hailing from the city and attacking residents and pilgrims to the holy religious site of the Tomb of the Patriarchs.