Feb 24, 2016 – Maj. (res.) Eliav Gelman, 30, of Karmei Tzur, attempted to fire at a terrorist who charged at him with a knife at the Gush Etzion Junction, south of Jerusalem. He .was mortally wounded by a bullet fired by IDF forces to neutralize the terrorist
Shortly after noon, Gelman was on his way home after four days of reserve duty when a terrorist attacked him at a hitchhiking station at the Gush Etzion Junction. Gelman managed to draw his weapon. Soldiers from an IDF unit securing the junction saw the terrorist armed with a knife charging at Gelman. They fired at the assailant, striking both him and Gelman. Mortally .wounded, Gelman was pronounced dead at the hospital from a gunshot wound to the chest. He was posthumously elevated to the rank of major
Eliav grew up in Kiryat Arba, one of six siblings in the family, and studied at the Mekor Haim Yeshiva in the Etzion Bloc. After his marriage to Rinat, he settled in Karmei Tzur, in the southern Etzion Bloc. He served in the IDF as a paratrooper, becoming an officer. In 2014, Gelman took part in Operation Protective Edge. He later served in a unit that coordinates between the air force and ground forces, from which he was discharged several months ago with the rank of captain. He had begun studying development and training, with the aim of developing a civilian career.
Maj. (res.) Eliav Gelman was buried in the Kfar Etzion cemetery. He is survived by his wife Rinat, seven months pregnant, their two sons, Yair (5) and Yoav (2), parents David and Sarah, three brothers and two sisters.
Recently, a siddur for children’s prayers has been published, in order to continue in the path of Eliav Gelman, HY”D. The cost of the siddur is $5.50. To purchase click here