The Henkin’s taught at the Nishmat Institute for Advanced Jewish Studies for Women in Jerusalem, founded by Rabbanit Chana Henkin, who also serves as Dean of the school.
Just the day before, “P.A. President” Abu Mazen, currently in the tenth year of his four-year term of office, had openly renounced (not that the Fakestinian Authority has ever abode by their terms) the 1994 Oslo Peace Accords.
Upon the news of these murders hitting the press, a spokesman for Ḥarakat al-Muqāwamah al-ʾIslāmiyyah (HAMAS), praised the murders, calling it “heroic” and describing it as “brave resistance.”
Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, in his reaction to the news stated:
“…The killers knew that they were murdering a mother and father, the children were there. It has been proven again that the wild Palestinian incitement leads to acts of terrorism and murder such as we have seen this evening.”
Ashkenazic Chief Rabbi David Lau stated:
“Despite the (Sukkot) holiday and its joy, the entire nation is pained and cries at the murder of the parents who were sacrificed in kiddush Hashem (sanctification of G-d’s name) just because they were Jews,”
He called on the Nation to say Tehillim (Psalms) and learn Torah and Talmud in the merit of the deceased. Focusing then on the orphaned children he stated:
“The tender orphans are the children of the entire people of Israel; we will strengthen them, we will embrace the family and despite the great sadness and the awful pain we will continue to pray and believe that the Guardian of Israel will guard the remnant of Israel, and we will soon merit the redemption of the people of Israel.”
Eitam and Na’ama Henkin… May your blood be avenged!