Shmuel Mett
Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs
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 Shmuel Mett

8/24/2005


Aug 24, 2005 - Shmuel Mett, 21, of Britain, a Mir Yeshiva student, was fatally stabbed near Jaffa Gate in the Old City while returning to the yeshiva in Jerusalem’s Beit Yisrael neighborhood.

Shmuel Mett and his friend, Sam Weissbart, were returning to the yeshiva from the Western Wall when a Palestinian man stabbed them with a large kitchen knife close to Jaffa Gate. Shmuel was transported to the trauma unit of Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital with CPR in progress. He was taken directly into surgery but the trauma team was unable to reverse the profound shock which resulted from the major blood loss. He was pronounced dead in the operating room. Sam was moderately wounded. Another student was lightly wounded.

Shmuel, from the Gerer Hassidic community in Golders Green in north London, came to Jerusalem from Britain to study about a year and a half ago. He is descended from one of England's most prominent Orthodox families and his mother is the sister of well-regarded London rabbi, Joseph Pearlman.

Mett attended the Hasmonean High School, a Jewish grammar school in Hendon. He and Sam Weissbart, born in New York, had been friends since attending the Pardes House school in Golders Green and later the Gateshead Yeshiva before coming to Israel. Both had regularly attended the Hagers synagogue in Golders Green.

Rabbi Binyamin Carlebach, head of the Mir Yeshiva in Jerusalem, related that Shmuel would get up every morning at 4:00 to study. Eli Stern, a fellow student from London, described him as "a very smiley chap. He was sociable and had lots of friends. But he was very committed to what he was doing." Shmuel was engaged to marry Dina Rosenfeld in London in October and then to settle permanently in Jerusalem.

Shmuel Mett was buried in Jerusalem. He is survived by his parents, Percy and Judith, who flew from London for the funeral. He is also survived by three siblings in London and two brothers and a sister residing in Israel.

 
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