IMRA June 29, 2006
[IMRA: It should be noted that the murder was consistent with the
"Prisoner's Document" agreed to by "man of peace" Mahmoud Abbas]
June 25, 2006 – Eliahu Asheri, 18, of Itamar was kidnapped by terrorists
from the Popular Resistance Committees while hitchhiking to Neveh Tzuf,
where he was studying. His body was found on June 29 in Ramallah. It is
believed that he was murdered shortly after his kidnapping.
Eliyahu Asheri was in his last year as a student at the pre-military yeshiva
academy in Neveh Tzuf, north of Ramallah. On Sunday evening, he was on his
way back to the academy to take part in a hike with fellow classmates after
visiting a friend in Betar Illit. Last seen alive at the hitchhiking stand
at French Hill in Jerusalem, he was abducted and murdered shortly afterwards
by a Tanzim terror cell connected with the PRC in Ramallah on instruction
from the PRC leadership in Gaza. His body was recovered in the A-Tira
neighborhood of Ramallah.
Investigation revealed that the abduction of Eliyahu Asheri took place on
Sunday evening when he was on his way from the French Hill neighborhood of
Jerusalem to the settlement of Ofra. He was murdered at the time of the
kidnapping or shortly after, and his body was buried in Ramallah. He was
shot at short range with a handgun.
Eliyahu was the eldest of five children, and his parents have been living in
Itamar since 1991. His father, Yitro Asheri, originally from Adelaide,
Australia, was converted to Judaism about 20 years ago. At the time of his
conversion, he was an electrician known by the name Cliff Harris. He
immigrated to Israel shortly thereafter.
Rabbi Haim Druckman, Eliyahu’s grandfather, said he first heard of his
disappearance Tuesday. “They saw in the morning that he hadn’t arrived, so
they started worrying,” Druckman said. “The situation was not immediately
clear, so security forces requested that no one be notified.” Druckman
described Asheri as “a great kid, very responsible, very serious and
sensitive. He was at his greatest, blossoming and very happy.”
Rabbi Avi Ronsky, head of Itamar’s yeshiva, said Asheri was a very
introverted teenager, who had a tendency to go off on his own. For that
reason, the family was not immediately suspicious of his disappearance, he
Eliyahu Asheri will be buried in Jerusalem. He is survived by his parents,
Yitro and Miriam, and four siblings.