The family of slain Druze police officer Zidan Seif on Thursday paid an emotional visit to the Jerusalem synagogue where he fell last week while defending Jewish worshippers against two rampaging Palestinian terrorists.
Seif was one of the first officers to respond to the scene after it became clear a severe terrorist incident was underway at the Bnei Torah synagogue in Jerusalem’s Har Nof neighborhood.
Survivors of the attack told the family that the terrorists were hacking and shooting their way through unarmed worshippers nearly unchecked before Seif arrived. The officer opened fire already from outside the synagogue, causing the terrorists to halt their grizzly killing spree and engage in a gun battle during which Seif sustained his fatal injury.
Local Jews who were on hand to receive the Druze family said that without Seif’s selfless actions, many more Jewish worshippers would have been slaughtered that morning.
Seif’s uncle was quoted by Israeli media as telling his hosts: “Our prophet, the Prophet Jethro binds us to the Jewish people.”
The Druze of Israel have long spoken of an ancient “blood covenant” with the Jewish nation. It is because of this deep connection that the Druze community, by its own request, is the only minority community in Israel that is required to do mandatory military service alongside their Jewish bethren.
PHOTO: Officer Zidan Seif's father meets with Jewish rabbis at the scene of the Jerusalem synagogue terrorist attack, where the Druze policeman gave his life defending his Jewish countrymen.