On the eve of Israel's Memorial Day, the IDF chief of staff, Lieut. Gen. Gady Eisenkot, awarded the citation for bravery to the late Staff Sgt. Tuvia Yanai Weissman, who died while fighting terrorists with his bare hands.
The 21-year-old Weissman was at a supermarket during a break from service in the 50th battalion of the Nahal brigade on February 19 when two Palestinian terrorists carried out an attack. He did not have his assault rifle with him because at that time soldiers were not allowed to go on break with their weapons. Weissman tried to fight the terrorists with his bare hands, but they killed him. He left behind a wife and baby daughter.
Other citations were awarded to Sgt. Lichai Malka, a fighter from the search and rescue brigade, for her actions during a terrorist shooting at Adam Square, and to Sgt. Matan Shamir, from the Givati brigade, for his actions during a stabbing attack near Nablus in which he was wounded.
Also, a certificate of appreciation was awarded by the head of the Central Command to the Tzabar battalion of the Golani brigade for demonstrating determination, professionalism and initiative during its operations in the Judea region.
Chief Inspector Shai Ohayon, operations officer for the Ramah batallion of the Border Police, received a certificate of appreciation for bravery and resourcefulness during operations in the Kalandia refugee camp.