Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Bike Trek in Memory of Yitzhak Buanish, HY"D

Every Yom Yerushalayim, I find myself looking out to the road in front of my home - Route 60 - to watch all the bikers from Kiryat Arba to Jerusalem pass by. That's a 30 mile trek. Wow! The bikers - young and old - begin in Kiryat Arba and take a rest at Gush Etzion's Pina Chama (Soldiers' Hospitality Hut) until they start again for the final leg of their journey to Jerusalem.
I always admired those bikers. Today I finally found out what it's all about, thanks to Efrat's own security department, which gave our town's residents traffic info for tomorrow's Bike Ride. The Security department said that the Bike Trek was in memory of Yitzhak Buanish, HY"D.
I investigated further. According to the government website, Yitzhak Buanish was killed on November 15, 2002 between Kiryat Arba and Chevron.
He was much beloved by his fellow Kiryat Arba residents, and this incredible trek is in his memory.
Yitzhak Buanish, 46, of Kiryat Arba, was one of 12 people killed -- nine soldiers and three civilians from the Kiryat Arba emergency response team -- and 15 wounded in Hebron when Arab terrorists opened fire and threw grenades at a group of Jewish worshipers and their guards as they were walking home from Sabbath Eve prayers at the Cave of the Patriarchs.
Security personnel came immediately to the scene and were ambushed. They battled for 90 minutes. Three of the Islamic Jihad terrorists were killed, and the Kiryat Arba community lost its most devoted residents and dedicated soldiers.
Buanish was Kiryat Arba's security officer for 12 years. He had set up emergency response units in dozens of settlements. OC Central Command Maj.-Gen. Moshe Kaplinsky called Buanish "a pillar of the region's security."
Also killed was the legendary commander Col. Dror Weinberg, 38, of Jerusalem, Border Police officer Ch.-Supt. Samih Sweidan, 31, of Arab al-Aramsha; Sgt. Tomer Nov, 19, of Ashdod; Sgt. Gad Rahamim, 19, of Kiryat Malachi; St.-Sgt. Netanel Machluf, 19, of Hadera; St.-Sgt. Yeshayahu Davidov, 20, of Netanya; Sgt. Igor Drobitsky, 20, of Nahariya; Cpl. David Marcus, 20, of Ma'aleh Adumim; and Lt. Dan Cohen, 22, of Jerusalem; and Kiryat Arba emergency response team members Alexander Zwitman, 26; and Alexander Dohan, 33.
If you're home tomorrow around 11 AM, drive out to the road and cheer on these wondering bike riders, who are memorializing the name of their devoted security officer.

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