Eliyahu Pinhas Asheri
Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs
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 Eliyahu Pinhas Asheri

6/25/2006

Eliyahu Asheri, 18, of Itamar was kidnapped by terrorists from the Popular Resistance Committees while hitchhiking from Betar Illit, southwest of Bethlehem, 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.

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 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 said.

Eliyahu Asheri was buried at the Mount of Olives cemetery in Jerusalem. He is survived by his parents, Yitro and Miriam, and four siblings.

 
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