Apr 14, 2014 - Chief Superintendent Baruch Mizrahi, 47, of Modi’in was killed in a terrorist shooting near the village of Idhna, northeast of Hebron.
Baruch Mizrahi was travelling with his wife and four of their five children to participate in a Passover seder with his wife’s family when the terrorist opened fire with an automatic weapon. His wife and a child traveling in another vehicle were injured in the attack as well.
Mizrahi served in the IDF and the Israel Police for nearly three decades. For 25 years he served in various roles in the IDF, the last of which was as lieutenant colonel in the elite 8200 intelligence unit. After retiring from the army in June 2011, Mizrahi joined Israel Police, and for the past three years held a senior intelligence position in the Israel Police and was in charge of tracking organized crime. He was posthumously promoted to the rank of commander.
Commander Baruch Mizrahi was buried in the Israel Police section of the Mount Herzl Cemetery in Jerusalem. Hundreds of people, including senior police officers gathered to pay final respects. In his eulogy, Police Commissioner Yohanan Danino said: "In one moment, a murderous terrorist attack has turned joy into grief. Throughout his life, Baruch served the country and contributed greatly to the security of the state and its citizens. For 25 years he served in the IDF in a wide variety of operational and technological functions. He was a first-class professional and a true friend."
His commander described Mizrahi as "a man who, beyond being a professional of the first degree, was a true friend, volunteered in every mission with self-sacrifice and faith, was attentive to his orders, colleagues and commanders, and his presence was very moving."
Baruch Mizrahi is survived by his wife Hadas and their five children.