“I know there can be no real comfort following such a loss, but I want you to know that Shlomit’s special character will be known across the country,” President Reuven Rivlin told the family of terror victim Shlomit Krigman during a condolence visit.
President Reuven Rivlin paid a condolence visit Sunday morning to the family of Shlomit Krigman, 24, who was stabbed by a Palestinian terrorist at a shop in Beit Horon last Monday. She died of her wounds the following morning.
“It is so difficult to speak of Shlomit in the past tense, after all that I have heard about her so very full but so very short life,” the president told Shlomit’s parents, grandparents and siblings, who told the president of their family’s long and deep connection with the Land of Israel over many generations.
“We all play our part in service to the country, each person and their deeds – we lose the very best of our people – and Shlomit was taken from us while doing her part. A girl so full of joy, and so active, with a creative mind and love for her fellow man,” Rivlin said.
The president noted his great appreciation for Shlomit’s initiative, which was displayed in the town, to set up book-swap libraries on street lampposts, an idea she had developed during her studies.
“I know there can be no real comfort following such a loss, but I want you to know that Shlomit’s special character will be known across the country. It is such a terrible loss, and [she] gave so much during her life,” the Rivlin said.
Shlomit’s family has lived in Shadmot Mehola in the Jordan Valley for 22 years. “We came here from Beit Horon when Shlomit was just a small baby. There she was born, and there she was murdered,” Shomit’s father Yitzchak told Rivlin. “She was deeply connected to this place, and talked about living in the Jordan Valley to all she met. She had lived in Beit Horon for the past few years, and there she died. She so enjoyed life,” he added.
As he was leaving their home, the president was greeted by children from the community’s kindergarten. He joined them for a visit to the local branch of the B’nei Akiva youth movement, in which Shlomit had been very active and which will be rededicated in her memory. There he planted a tree in the courtyard of the youth club.
“We will all meet again on happier occasions,” the president said.
Source: Government Press Office