Monday, March 04, 2013

Devorah Halberstam Speaks Out on Gun Rights

Devorah , mother of Ari Halberstam HY"D speaks out on gun control to a local NY news station. This Tuesday, the 23rd of Adar is Ari's 19th Yahrtzeit.

On March 1, 1994, Ari Halberstam was visiting the ailing Lubavitcher Rebbe at the Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital, and was returning to his Brooklyn home via the Brooklyn Bridge. On the entrance ramp to the bridge, gunman Rashid Baz YM"S opened fire on the van, which also carried more than a dozen other Chabad students. Baz was equipped with a submachine gun, two 9mm guns, and a "street sweeper" shotgun. Bas pursued the van across the bridge as he fired in three separate bursts, spraying both sides of the van, before disappearing into traffic. During the shooting spree, the gunman reportedly shouted in Arabic "Kill the Jews," expressing revenge for the terrorist massacre of 29 Muslim worshipers at the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron by Baruch Goldstein. The attack critically wounded two of the young men and injured two others.

Halberstam was rushed to St. Vincent's Hospital and was the most severely wounded, having been shot in the head by Baz. As a result of the massive brain injuries, Halberstam was pronounced dead five days after the shooting.

As the funeral procession took place on Eastern Parkway, outside the central Lubavitcher synagogue, some 10,000 mourners and more than 250 police officers took part in the event, to maintain safety. Halberstam was buried in the Montefiore Cemetery in Queens.

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