President Rivlin delivers eulogy at funeral for terror victim Michael (Miki) Mark
(Communicated by the President's Spokesperson)
President Rivlin: "Terrorism has been with us since the beginning of our national home here. We are not afraid, we do not give up, we do not retreat. We will not loosen our hold on the ground. Our roots are deeply planted in the soil of this country."
"Jewish blood is not worthless. We promise - over Miki's grave - that we will continue to fight terror unequivocally, and without fear. We will fight, and we will win."
President Reuven Rivlin today (Sunday) attended the funeral and delivered a eulogy for father of ten, Michael (Miki) Mark, who was murdered in a terror attack on Friday, in which his wife and other family members were injured. The eulogies were delivered at the Otniel Hesder Yeshiva where Miki served as the director, and was attended by thousands of family, friends, students, and community members. Following the eulogies, the funeral procession then departed for his burial on Jerusalem's Har HaMenuchot.
The President said, "I stand in front of your coffin, Miki, Michael, in sorrow and anguish, and with me stand an entire nation, together grieving. Miki, on Friday afternoon you were on your way, along with family members, to celebrate the Sabbath with your mother Zelda, and to celebrate her eightieth birthday. But even before the Sabbath began, the murderer's hand robbed your family of you in cold blood, in front of two of your children, and in front of your beloved wife, Havi, who was seriously injured." The President added, "Miki, I am sorry to say that I learned about you, only after your death. I learned that you were a loving and beloved father, grandfather and son. An intellectual who was also a man of action. A person who loved hands-on work, but also excelled in the 'house of learning'. A director who was also a guide. A pillar of the community of Otniel, and Har Hebron. A decent man. A modest man, who of gave himself even when he knew he might not receive the same back. Today we acknowledge your actions, the values you instilled and the spirit you inspired in your pupils, your extensive family, and all those around you. You were one of the finest of the fine."
The President continued, "In Har Hebron, the cradle of the Jewish life, many of our best sons and daughters continue to be murdered. Terrorism has been with us since the beginning of our national home here, for generations from 1929 through to 2016. But even when our loved ones' blood is spilled, it does not to weaken our resolve. We are not afraid. We do not give up. We do not retreat. We do not loosen our hold on the ground. Our roots are deeply planted in the soil of this country. Terrorism will never hit the foundations of our building, never destabilize our hold on the country."
The President concluded, "Jewish blood is not worthless. We promise - over Miki's grave - that we will continue to fight terror unequivocally, and without fear. We will fight, and we will win. The IDF and the security forces will cut down the accursed murderers who killed Miki. Nothing will cure the pain. But the light of the way that Miki paved will not be extinguished. May his memory be blessed, and may his soul be bound in eternal life."