Was the Death of a Tel Aviv Rav an Act of Terror?

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mishtThe family of Rav Elkana Alyasi Z”L is demanding a new investigation into his death. The rav was killed when he was struck by a tractor driven by an Arab on Netaim Street in Tel Aviv less than two weeks ago, as was reported by YWN-ISRAEL.

Kikar Shabbos reports some family members accuse police of a cover-up in the case, adding “police are not in touch with the family regarding the case”.

The driver of the tractor was released on 4,000 NIS bail. They are questioning how and why police were so quick to release him on bail. Family members wish to understand why police involved in the investigation do not see a need to speak with neighborhood residents, some who were witness to the driver’s erratic operation of the tractor.

Eden Sharabi reminds police of another incident that occurred in September 2011, when rocks were hurled at the vehicle of Yonatan Palmer and his son HY”D. The car swerved out of control, claiming their lives. Police ruled it was an accident and only after reinvestigating the incident was the fatal crash declared a terrorist attack. It was clear the car swerved out of control as a result of being bombarded with stones. That terrorist was sentenced to two life sentences.

Sharabi feels this case in similar because police were too quick to declare it an innocent accident. He is certain it was an intentional act of terrorism, nothing less.

Kikar Shabbos contacted the Israel Police Traffic Enforcement Unit, which stated the matter is under investigation.

Rav Alyasi was a mora d’asra of a local shul, rosh yeshiva of Yeshivat Rabbeinu Yosef Chaim, a talmid chacham and the father of 12.

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)