Aside from being a rabbi, 35-year-old Shevach was a volunteer Magen David Adom medic and mohel. Friends of his said that he was a well-known figure in the Havat Gilad community and enjoyed teaching young children.
Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett, who attended the funeral, called on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to hold a Security Cabinet meeting in light of the terror attack. “You guys [Havat Gilad residents], the pioneers, are doing your work, and now it is our turn in the government to do our work,” Bennett said. Bennett’s speech was interrupted by mourners who booed him and shouted out demands for revenge.
During the funeral, Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel David Lau called Shevach an “outstanding rabbi.” He then slammed Muslim leaders for not speaking out against the terror attack. “He was a father to children, a husband. Where are the condemnations?” Lau said.
The terrorists responsible for Shevach’s murder are still at large. The IDF continues to search the area near Nablus where the attack took place and has moved additional forces into the Judea & Samaria.