Tuesday, December 07, 2004

US President to Light Menorah Honoring ´Settler´ at White House

From Arutz-7:

A unique Chanukah candelabra is to be lit this evening at the White House in Washington, DC at the request of US President George Bush.

The menorah was built by a Florida congregation in memory of Noam Apter, a 23-year-old student at the Otniel Yeshiva in the Hevron Hills region who was murdered by terrorists. Apter saved the lives of tens of his fellow students when, after two Islamic Jihad terrorists dressed as IDF soldiers infiltrated his school building, he locked himself inside the kitchen together with the Arab terrorists and hid the key - preventing the terrorists from entering the dining room where 70 yeshiva students were eating their Sabbath meal.

An administrator at the Otniel Yeshiva told IsraelNN's Ezra HaLevi that the Florida congregation had taken a tour given by Noam shortly before he was murdered. Wanting to do something to commemorate the actions of the heroic "settler," the synagogue constructed a huge menorah with a picture of Noam beside it, in his memory. US President Bush heard about the menorah and about Apter's heroics and requested that the Chanukah menorah be lit at the White House this year.

The menorah is scheduled to be lit Tuesday evening, the first day of Chanukah.

More on Noam Apter can be found at Aish.com where Jonathan Medved asks: Noam Apter's heroic act saved countless lives. Why didn't more people hear about it?


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