Rina Dee Wiki – Rina Dee Bio
Rina Dee, The mother of two British-Israeli sisters who were murdered in a drive-by shooting in the West Bank has died today after she was left critically injured in the same attack.
Maia and Rina Dee, 20 and 15, were killed instantly when their car was targeted by a suspected Palestinian gunman near the settlement of Hamra in the Jordan Valley on Friday.
Their mother, Lucy, 45, who was traveling with the sisters during the attack, was left in critical condition but after three days of intensive care passed away earlier today.
Officials at Hadassah University Hospital confirmed her death this afternoon, and her family said they have decided to donate the mother’s organs in order to save the lives of others, the Jerusalem Post reported.
The husband and father of the victims, Rabbi Leo Dee, witnessed the shooting from another car and was unharmed.
The devastated father broke down in tears at Maia and Rina’s funeral on Sunday as he told how the memory of his daughters will be kept alive. Now, Rabbi Dee must grapple with the heartbreaking reality that his wife is no longer alive.
Rina Dee is 15 years old.
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The Dee family was originally from London but moved to Efrat in the West Bank nine years ago.
‘On behalf of all the citizens of Israel, I send my heartfelt condolences to the Dee family on the death of the mother, Lucy, who was murdered, along with her two daughters Maia and Rina,’ Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said today.
On Sunday, mourners, including school friends of Maia and Rina, gathered at the funeral in the settlement of Kfar Etzion in the West Bank and sang songs of grief in the cemetery’s prayer hall.
In an emotional tribute, Rabbi Dee called his daughters’ flames, saying they will ‘bring more light into the world’ after their deaths.
Choking back tears, Rabbi Dee added: ‘You have inspired and loved us. In return, we will love you forever.’
The sisters’ bodies were covered in cloth embroidered with the star of David, one black and the other blue.
Rabbi Dee hugged his daughter’s bodies tightly, then sat with his three surviving children.
In his tribute to Maia, he said: ‘You were always an angel and now you will always be our guardian angel.
‘You wanted to sign up for another year of national service, where you could really make a difference. But mummy and I wanted you to start your studies and maybe meet a special boy.
‘But you insisted that girls like you always do two years of volunteering so we waited to see what and where this would be.’
Turning to Rina, he said: ‘You were such a great student. Such a great friend. You dreamt of traveling the world, now you are traveling to heaven.’ Family friend and senior rabbi at Hendon United Synagogue in north-west London, Mordechai Ginsbury, told Sky News he was ‘devastated’.
‘To think that in a few moments, so senselessly and painfully, this has happened, such a tragic loss of life, of goodness, is just devastating,’ he said.
He added: ‘They were just a delightful family, full of commitment, vigor, passion, energy, and they did wonderful things for us in the community.’
Heartbreaking pictures from Sunday’s funeral service showed mourners screaming out in pain and embracing one another as they try to process the shock death of the sisters which came amid soaring Israeli-Palestinian tensions.
The car that the victims were traveling in crashed after coming under fire before the gunmen continued to shoot at close range.
Rabbi Dee, who gathered with relatives at the front of the prayer hall next to a low podium, moved to Israel from London with his family nine years ago and had been living in the West Bank settlement of Efrat.
Mr. Dee was formerly a senior rabbi at the Radlett United Synagogue in Hertfordshire and before that he was an assistant rabbi in Hendon, north London.
Mordechai Ginsbury, senior rabbi at Hendon United Synagogue, who is still in touch with the family said he was feeling ‘absolute devastation, pain, grief, and shock’.
Speaking to Sky News, he said: ‘To think that in a few moments, so senselessly and painfully, this has happened, such a tragic loss of life, of goodness, is just devastating.’
Rabbi Ginsburg said he spoke to Rabbi Dee on Sunday night, where the father and husband admitted that ‘one of the things that are sustaining him is the blanket of warmth and love which is enveloping them within Israel and around the world’.
Last night, Britain’s Chief Rabbi has paid tribute to the two ‘much loved’ sisters, adding ‘no words can describe the depth of our shock and sadness at the heart-breaking news’.
Paying tribute to the sisters on Twitter, Chief Rabbi Mervis said: ‘No words can describe the depth of our shock and sadness at the heartbreaking news of the murder by terrorists in Israel of Maya & Rina Dee, daughters of Rebbetzen Lucy, who is in a critical condition & Rabbi Leo Dee, my dear colleagues.
‘They were much loved in the Hendon and Radlett communities in the UK as well as in Israel, and well beyond. We pray for a refuah Thelema for Rebbetzen Lucy and also for those injured in the terrorist attack yesterday on the promenade in Tel Aviv.’
Mr. Dee, who quit his job as a City investment banker to become a rabbi, believes that the killers will be ‘brought to justice’.
He previously revealed that he traced the car down with a tracking device, where he saw his wife being airlifted to the hospital but his daughters were already dead.
Speaking from his wife’s hospital bedside, Rabbi Dee told The Mail on Sunday that he was traveling with other family members in a car some distance ahead when a relative called to ask if he knew ‘about the shooting and if the family was OK’.
‘I said everyone was fine, but when I called my wife and two daughters there was no answer.’
In a panic, he turned on a Google tracking device that allows parents to follow their children’s mobile phones. It led him to the Hamra settlement, 30 miles north of Jerusalem.
London-born Rabbi Dee said: ‘My daughters were friends of each other as well as sisters. Now we are diminished. Maya was doing national service in the South and was passionate about helping others. Rina is what you would call an A* pupil. We were proud of them.
He added: ‘I don’t blame the terrorists as they will be brought to justice. I am more worried about the tensions between Jews in Israel. Some people think that the new religious government will suppress minority rights and become totalitarian. But this is not a risk as Judaism is about balancing love and justice.’
The Dee family left Britain in 2014, having returned there from Israel in 2008. They then moved back to Jerusalem, where Rabbi Dee is a highly respected author and academic.
On leaving the Radlett United Synagogue in Hertfordshire he said: ‘It has been a tremendous honor for Lucy and me to have lived in this warm and friendly community. We will cherish this period of our lives.’
Friends described the sisters as ‘beautiful, kind and happy young women’.
Rabbi Dee said he had lived in Israel prior to returning to Britain in 2008, but the family had missed it ‘intensely’ and decided to return.
‘We love the Jewish state, the huge array of Jewish learning institutions, the fact that the buses stop on Shabbat, the ability to buy kosher food at any supermarket, and a culture that is fully in tune with our own,’ he added.
In London, the Foreign Office confirmed the deaths of the two sisters and appealed for all sides in the Israel-Palestine dispute to de-escalate a situation that has seen violence flare up in recent days.
Shadow foreign secretary David Lammy said: ‘I am shocked by reports of the killing of two British sisters in an appalling and cowardly attack in the West Bank.
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‘My thoughts are with their family and loved ones. More civilian victims of this cycle of violence show the urgent need for diplomatic efforts to de-escalate.’
The IDF has stressed that Israeli warplanes targeted infrastructure belonging to Palestinian armed groups, as opposed to civilian infrastructure.
Hamas targets in the city of Tyre in the south of Lebanon were also hit in the assault.
There were no reports of serious casualties, but residents in Qalili, Lebanon, were injured in the bombardment.
During the strikes, the Palestinian health ministry said ‘partial damage’ was done to the Al-Dorra Children’s hospital in Gaza City.
Hecht said the IDF was aware of the allegation and was looking into it as the local UN forces urged restraint.