'I simply love you': Bereaved father finds comfort with Palestinian neighbors

After losing wife and daughters to Palestinian gunmen's fire in West Bank attack, Rabbi Leo Dee says he believes most Palestinians are decent people who reject terrorists’ actions

Ilan Levinsohn|

Rabbi Leo Dee, who lost his wife and two daughters in a terrorist attack in the West Bank earlier this month, said on Sunday that condemning Palestinian attacks against Israelis at the international level is necessary to end violence.
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Speaking to the press flanked by his surviving children, the widower said that during an interview he gave to Sky News, a journalist referred to the ongoing conflict in Israel as a "cycle of violence," a notion which he flatly rejected and added that Israel is justified in defending itself.
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ליאו די במסיבת עיתונאים באפרת
ליאו די במסיבת עיתונאים באפרת
Rabbi Leo Dee
(Photo: Rafi Kotz)
Dee expressed that the international media must change their approach, and that condemning terrorism is the key to ending the violence.
Dee, who is a British-Israeli dual citizen, received a call from UK Foreign Secretary James Cleverly, who extended his condolences and unequivocally denounced the attack.
Dee said that he believes the statement is a significant moment for international relations as it sends a clear message to the media that supporting terrorism is unacceptable and that all forms of terrorism are reprehensible.
When asked about the assailants who are still at large over a week after the attack, Dee responded that although he bears no hatred towards them, he hopes they will be captured and brought to justice to prevent further attacks.
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לאה די ובנותיה שנרצחו בפיגוע
לאה די ובנותיה שנרצחו בפיגוע
Lucy, Rina and Maia Dee
(Photo: Courtesy of the family)
Dee shared that his Palestinian friends from neighboring villages called him in tears after the attack. “I trusted them, I still do, more than other people that I know,” he added.
He recounted a recent conversation with one friend who said "I simply love you," to which he tearfully replied that he loves him back.
Dee believes that the majority of Palestinians are decent people, and it was clear to him that his friends would not have supported the terrorists' actions.
In addition to coping with the aftermath of the attack, family also generously donated the deceased mother's organs, which helped save the lives of five Israelis.
Rabbi Leo shared that he and his wife considered registering as organ donors in the past but were hesitant due to their frequent overseas travel. They were concerned that if a tragedy were to occur abroad, there would not be a rabbi present to guide the situation in accordance with Jewish law.
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טלי, ביתה של לאה די ז"ל סופדת לה
טלי, ביתה של לאה די ז"ל סופדת לה
Dee and his surviving children at the funeral of mother Lucy
(Photo: Alex Kolomoisky)
Rabbi Dee noted that Lucy's body was exceptionally well-preserved, and since she passed away due to brain death, she was able to donate her organs following Halacha guidelines.
Dee’s son Yehuda, mentioned that in addition to donating five organs, his mother's skin and corneas were also donated, adding that according to Halacha, a person who is blind is considered dead, so her corneas were able to save two additional lives.
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