Yesterday I went to our local cemetery for Avihu Keinan's Azkara, Memorial Ceremony. Three years after his death in a badly planned army action, and the cemetery was packed.
Avihu was killed by terrorists in Gaza, because the army, in their miss-guided, perversely "moral" thinking decided that it was safer for possibly "innocent Arab civilians," if our soldiers would carefully go through a building, known to harbor terrorists, rather than just blowing it up. In simple words, Avihu was "set up" by our own army. The terrorists had no problems killing him, and he didn't have a chance to defend himself.
In anger and in pain, his father, Moshe, declared that he would march to Jerusalem and spend the Succot Holiday in a protest succah at the President's Residence. And that's what he did. It is now a Shiloh tradition to march to Jerusalem during Succot. The picture in the banner of the flags at Sha'ar Shechem is from the second march. Everyone's invited to join us for all or part of the march, which will end at the kotel. For more information call Orit 0545-649-140.
From the cemetery we went to the Dedication of a new park, next to the Keinan home, Gan Avihu. The beautiful and well-constructed table and swing were made and designed by a friend of his. Moshe gave a short shiur, Torah lesson, and we ate and watched the sunset over the Tel of Ancient Shiloh.
The picture below is from the third Od Avihu Chai march to Jerusalem. That's Moshe with his grandsons.