Sgt. David Biri
Sgt. David Biri, 19, of Jerusalem, was fatally wounded on Sept 27, 2000 in a bombing near Netzarim in the Gaza Strip.
Sgt. David Biri died of wounds sustained in a bombing near Netzarim in the Gaza Strip. In the fatal attack, two pipe bombs were detonated electronically by Palestinian terrorists hiding approximately 60 meters from the road as a convoy of cars passed.
After the first bomb was detonated on the right hand side of the convoy, the vehicles continued further down the road before stopping. Biri and Lt. Noam Zissman got out of their jeep and went to check on the Israeli civilians.
"There were five settlers and a baby in three civilian vehicles," said IDF Gaza district commander. Following the first explosion, soldiers in the last jeep escorting the convoy immediately opened fire. The second bomb was detonated as the soldiers walked along the left side of the road.
After the second explosion, the area was closed to traffic. Additional troops arrived and eventually the convoy continued to Netzarim. IDF troops pursued the terrorists, who fled on foot.
David Biri is survived by his parents, a sister, Eynav, 25, and twin brothers, Oded and Noy, 11. He was buried in the military cemetery in Mount Herzl, Jerusalem.
Border Police Supt. Yossi Tabaja,
Border Police Supt. Yossi Tabaja, 27, of Ramle was shot to death on Sept 29, 2000 by his Palestinian counterpart on a joint patrol near Kalkilya.
Yossi Tabaja was shot at point-blank range by Palestinian policeman Nail Suliman as he rested in his jeep before they were to continue the patrol. An ambulance transported him to Beilinson Hospital, where he died shortly after arrival.
The two jeeps of the joint patrol had stopped for a rest break when Suliman suddenly shouted "Allahu akbar" ("God is great") and fired on the Border Police jeep.
Tabaja immigrated from Ethiopia as part of "Operation Moses". He served in the army as a paratrooper and afterwards as a the border policeman.
Border Police Supt. Yossi Tabaja was buried at the Ramle military cemetery.
Border Police Cpl. Yosef Madhat
Border Police Cpl. Yosef Madhat, 19, of Beit Jann, died of gunshot wounds sustained in a gun battle on Oct 1, 2000 with Palestinians at Joseph's Tomb in Nablus. Madhat, was wounded in the neck by a bullet at 3 P.M., died after Palestinian security forces prevented his medical evacuation for over five hours.
In an attempt to evacuate him from the compound, OC Central Command Maj.-Gen. Yitzhak Eitan asked senior Palestinian security officials to halt the gunfire. Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Shaul Mofaz arrived at a field headquarters set up nearby to supervise the operation, and the IDF warned it would enter the city if the Palestinians failed to comply.
Madhat was buried in the military section of the cemetery in the Druze village of Beit Jann.
Wichlav Zalsevsky, 24, of Ashdod, was shot in the head on Oct 2, 2000 in the village of Masha on the trans-Samaria highway as he stopped at a garage for car repairs.
Zalsevsky was an immigrant from the former Soviet Union. He worked as an encyclopedia salesman for the "Sifrei Tzameret" company.
Anna, Wichlav's wife, mentioned that only two days previously he had celebrated his birthday, and that they had made an advance restaurant booking to celebrate the first birthday of their baby daughter.
The young couple were married just over two years ago and lived in Ashdod, a short distance from Wichlav's parents.
Sgt. Max Hazan
Sgt. Max Hazan, 20, of Dimona, died of gunshot injuries on Oct 2, 2000 sustained near Beit Sahur.
Named after his uncle, who was killed in the Yom Kippur War, Max Hazan studied at the Kamag technical college. His friends said that he was popular among his fellow students.
Gilbert Hazan, Max's uncle, said: "I was his godfather. When we called him Max we thought that my brother's name would protect him."
Max leaves behind two parents and three sisters.
Rabbi Hillel Lieberman
The bullet-riddled body of Hillel Lieberman, 36, of Elon Moreh was found on Oct 8, 2000 at the southern entrance to Nablus.
Early Sunday evening on October 8, Israeli security forces discovered the bullet-ridden body of Rabbi Hillel Lieberman, who was last seen that Saturday morning heading for Joseph's Tomb, after hearing that Palestinians were desecrating the site.
An IDF statement said, "Lieberman was murdered in cold blood by Palestinian terrorists as he made his way to Nablus. The IDF holds the PA directly responsible and expects the Palestinian Authority to put an immediate end to all the violence."
An Elon Moreh resident and US citizen, Hillel Lieberman was "a rabbi and a teacher, a scholar, and very emotionally attached to Joseph's Tomb," said Yehudit Tayar, spokeswoman for the Council of Jewish Communities in Judea, Samaria, and the Gaza Strip. "Whenever he spoke about it his face was radiant," she said.
Lieberman left the synagogue on foot for Joseph's Tomb in nearby Nablus after hearing that Palestinians had destroyed the shrine shortly after Israeli troops left the site. "He was unarmed, wearing a tallit, and he was brutally murdered by our enemies who want to erase our existence," added Tayar.
Lieberman, father of seven, was one of the founders and administrators of the "Od Yosef Chai" Yeshiva at Joseph's Tomb, and gave daily Torah lessons to the students at the shrine.
Lieberman's parents arrived from the US for his burial; his father is Rabbi Sidney Zvulun Lieberman of Brooklyn, New York. Thousands attended the funeral on a hilltop at Yitzhar. In accordance with his wishes, his grave was next to those of Shlomo Liebman and Harel Bin-Nun, who were murdered by terrorists in 1998.
First Cpl. Yosef Avrahami
First Cpl. Yosef Avrahami, 33, an IDF soldier in the reserves, was lynched by a mob at the Palestinian Police building in Ramallah on Oct 12, 2000.
First Cpl. Yosef Avrahami and First Sgt. Vadim Norzhich, who had been called up for reserve army duty as drivers only a few days before, were apprehended by Palestinian police after they mistakenly entered the Palestinian controlled town of Ramallah. They were brought to Palestinian police headquarters in the center of Ramallah, where a violent mob of Palestinians stormed the building and tortured the soldiers to death, mutilating and defiling their bodies beyond recognition.
Avrahami who worked as a sales manager in a toy shop and as a salesman for Elite. Neighbors spoke of him as a polite, kind and friendly man who was liked by everyone.
Avrahami is mourned by a wife and three children a 9-year-old daughter, and twins aged four.
First Sgt. Vadim Norzhich
First Sgt. Vadim Norzhich, 33, was lynched by a mob at the Palestinian Police building in Ramallah on Oct 12, 2000. First Sgt. Vadim Norzhich and First Cpl. Yosef Avrahami, who had been called up for reserve army duty as drivers only a few days before, were apprehended by Palestinian police after they mistakenly entered the Palestinian controlled town of Ramallah. They were brought to Palestinian police headquarters in the center of Ramallah, where a violent mob of Palestinians stormed the building and tortured the soldiers to death, mutilating and defiling their bodies beyond recognition.
At a funeral in Or Akiva attended by thousands, Mikhail Norzhich eulogized his brother, saying that he had forced himself to look at newspaper photographs that documented the brutal death. "I saw my brother's blood on his murderers' hands," he said in a faltering voice. "At the hospital I asked that they open the coffin, and I saw what they did to him. Human beings can't do such a thing - only animals can. Mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters, I beg you, don't descend to their level," he said. "Don't go and lynch. Let the army take care of them. I believe in our army."
Norzhich was also eulogized by Or Akiva's chief rabbi, the IDF Chaplain General, and the commander of the battalion in which the reservist served. Most of the mourners at the ceremony were new immigrants from the CIS.
Norzhich's widow Irena, who is three months pregnant, did not attend the funeral, due to concerns about her health.
Rabbi Binyamin Herling
Rabbi Binyamin Herling, 64, of Kedumim, was killed on Oct 19, 2000 and four other Israelis wounded during intensive gun battles when Fatah activists and Palestinian security forces opened fire on a group of Israeli men, women, and children on a day trip at Mount Ebal near Nablus.
Herling moved to Kedumim with his wife Bracha from Kfar Haroeh in 1981. He headed Kollel Birkat Yosef in Elon Moreh.
Friends noted that Herling maintained strong ties with students of the Od Yosef Chai Yeshiva at Joseph's Tomb in Nablus. Friends of Herling described him as a modest, soft-spoken, and well-liked man who was never involved in controversy.
Standing over his father's grave, Herling's son, Yehoshua, called on settlers to refrain from carrying out acts of vengeance for the death of his father.Photos of Rabbi Herling on the Shechem website
The body of Marik Gavrilov, 25, of Bnei Aysh was found on Oct 28, 2000 inside his burned-out car, between the village of Bitunia and Ramallah. The body, which was riddled by gunfire and in a condition that made identification of the victim difficult, was transferred to Israel by the Palestinian Authority. According to the autopsy report, the body showed significant signs of violence and abuse, and it is possible that Gavrilov was lynched by a Palestinian mob.
Marik leaves behind his parents, Yuri and Vannia, and two brothers, Raddik and Arthur, as well as Reginna, his fiance whom he was planning to marry in the coming year.
Marik Gavrilov was buried in the village of Bnei Aysh.
Eish-Kodesh Gilmore, 25, of Mevo Modi'in, was shot and killed on Oct 30, 2000 while on duty as a security guard at the National Insurance Institute's east Jerusalem branch.
Security guard Eish-Kodesh Gilmore of was shot dead in an attack inside the National Insurance Institute office in east Jerusalem. A group calling itself the "Martyrs of the Al-Aksa Intifada" claimed responsibility for the attack.
Shortly after noon, a man entered the National Insurance Institute on Rehov Issfani in the heart of eastern Jerusalem. From close range, he fired a number of shots at the two security guards seated in the first floor waiting room. The assailant then fled on foot.
Gilmore, who was shot in the head, was initially treated by a doctor from an adjacent clinic before an ambulance rushed him to Hadassah University Hospital, Ein Kerem, where he died almost immediately upon arrival. The other guard, Itai Suissa, 22, of Jerusalem, was seriously wounded.
Eish-Kodesh Gilmore was the eldest of six children. He leaves behind his wife of three years, Inbal, and an 18 month-old daughter, Taliah.
Amos Machlouf, 30, of the Gilo neighborhood in Jerusalem, was found murdered on Sept 30, 2000
in a ravine near Beit Jala. Machlouf's bound body was found by Palestinians in a ravine between Gilo and Beit Jala. They contacted the Palestinian police, who transfered his body to the Israeli authorities. Machlouf had been stabbed several times and was apparently killed while tied up. His family had notified police of his absence after he failed to return home from a walk.
Police are investigating whether Machlouf was forcefully abducted from Gilo or was lured into the ravine and then killed. "He left home on Saturday to go for a walk, like he does every Shabbat," said Machlouf's mother Helena. "Let the people of the country wake up and see what is happening before it is too late, before the same thing happens again to someone else's child."
Amos Machlouf leaves behind his mother, Helena, two sisters, and a brother.
Lt. David-Hen Cohen
Lt. David-Hen Cohen, 21, of Karmiel was killed in a shooting incident on Nov 1, 2000 in the El-Khader area, near Bethlehem.
Lt. David-Chen Cohen, 21, of Karmiel, died when armed Palestinians, including uniformed policemen, opened fire at an IDF roadblock outside El-Khader. The shots came from several directions, including from Solomon's Pools across the road. The initial round of sniper fire wounded several soldiers and killed one, Sgt. Shlomo Adshina, on the 3. Cohen ran to evacuate the wounded, and in the process was himself mortally wounded. He died shortly thereafter.
The heavy gunfire continued and the IDF sent in armored personnel carriers, tanks, and helicopter gunships, which fired at the Palestinian positions and began evacuating the wounded under fire. The evacuation took close to an hour and the entire battle lasted for approximately five hours, ending at nightfall.
The young officer was raised in Karmiel. Hundreds of people came to pay their respects at the family's home. All described him as a warm-hearted person who was always among the first to volunteer help to others.
Lt. David-Chen Cohen, who was laid to rest in the military section of the city's cemetery, leaves behind his parents, Tami and Itzhak, a sister, Anat, 24, and a brother, Shlomi, aged 15.
Sgt. Shlomo Adshina
Sgt. Shlomo Adshina, 20 of Kibbutz Ze'elim was killed on Nov 1, 2000 in a shooting incident in the El-Khader area, near Bethlehem.
The fighting broke out toward noon, when armed Palestinians, including uniformed policemen, opened fire at an IDF roadblock outside El-Khader. The shots came from several directions, including from Solomon's Pools across the road.
When heavy gunfire continued, the IDF sent in armored personnel carriers, tanks, and helicopter gunships, which fired at the Palestinian positions and began evacuating the wounded under fire. The evacuation of the wounded took close to an hour; the entire battle lasted for approximately five hours, ending at nightfall. Lt. David-Chen Cohen, who helped evacuate the wounded, was also killed.
Shlomo Adshina immigrated to Israel from Nigeria with his father three years ago. After he was drafted into the IDF and his father left the country, Shlomo was adopted by Maimon and Ruthie Bitan in Kibbutz Ze'elim. They described him as "a modest boy with a good heart, who took his duty to the army very seriously and knew how to estimate what was expected of him. In Ze'elim he found a warm welcoming house."
Amir Zohar, 34, of Jerusalem was killed on Nov 1, 2000 in the Nahal Elisha settlement in the Jordan Valley while on active reserve duty.
Amir Zohar, on reserve duty as commander of an engineering company in the Givati Brigade in the Jordan Valley, was killed in a gun battle with Palestinians.
Zohar had been an avid supporter of coexistence between Arabs and Jews, an objective he worked for as director of a community center in Jerusalem. "He truly believed that we must live together in peace, and worked very hard to promote coexistence," said his widow. "He did a lot for peace, and it hurts so because he believed in it."
Amir Zohar was buried in Kibbutz Gilon, his birthplace. He is survived by his wife, Orly, and his children, Assaf, age 7, and twins Alon and Tamar, who just celebrated their 4th birthday.
Ayelet Hashahar Levy
Ayelet Hashahar Levy, 28, was killed on Nov 2, 2000 in a car bomb explosion near the Mahane Yehuda market in Jerusalem. The Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attack.
The terrorist attack was carried out using a stolen Mazda, loaded with 10 kilos of explosives and nails, which was parked in Shomron Street, a side street of the Jerusalem market. Flames leaped into the air, sending up huge black plumes of black smoke as ambulances rushed to the scene. One witness, who owns a store nearby, said he tried to pull a woman out of the flames. "I saw her on the ground. I hoped she was alive but she was dead," said Yaakov Hassoum.
Ayelet, mother of a three-year-old girl, was in the process of moving into an apartment on Shomron Street. She was killed as she stood near the moving van, which had stopped and blocked traffic in the street.
Ayelet Hashahar Levy was the daughter of National Religious Party leader and former Housing Minister Yitzhak Levy. She was buried in the Givat Shaul Cemetery.
Ayelet was eulogized by President Moshe Katsav as one "who so loved to help others... who was felled by evildoers who sought a way to kill innocent people."
Lawyer Hanan Levy, 33, was killed on Nov 2, 2000 in a car bomb explosion near the Mahane Yehuda market in Jerusalem. The Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attack.
The terrorist attack was carried out using a stolen Mazda, loaded with 10 kilos of explosives and nails, which was parked in Shomron Street, a side street of the Jerusalem market.
Hanan Levy was killed while returning to his office from the restaurant at which he normally ate lunch. His partner, Yossi Richter, described him as "an amicable person, an outstanding lawyer, a very generous and kind human being, and a polite man who had no enemies."
Hannan was born and educated in Jerusalem. He studied at the Gimnasia High School in Rehavia, and the deputy headmistress described him as an excellent pupil, with a sense of humor and theatrical talent. Levy served as an investigator in the Army Police, after which he studied law at Hebrew University.
He leaves behind his parents, Esther and Aharon, and his sister Tali.
Noa Dahan, 25, was shot to death on Nov 8, 2000 while driving to her job at the Rafiah border crossing in Gaza.
Noa Dahan, of Moshav Mivtahim in the Negev, was shot at close range by three Palestinians who had crossed the fence separating the Palestinian Authority's Dahaniyeh Airport from the access road to Rafiah. The attackers, who had been waiting in ambush, escaped.
The attack occurred at 8:15 A.M., when Dahan, deputy manager of the customs clearing house at the Rafiah cargo terminal, was on her way to work together with her nephew Oz Prishta, who was starting his first day of work at the terminal. The attack occurred about 100 meters before the border crossing.
"I saw three Arabs pointing guns at us and firing at us," recounted Prishta. "Noa was hit in the head by a bullet and lost consciousness. I tried to grab the steering wheel, but failed, and the car hit a fence and overturned. I crawled outside and stopped a car, which took me to the border crossing, where I called soldiers to help. Everything happened within a few seconds. Only afterwards I learned that my aunt had died." The rescue crew that arrived at the scene was unable to revive Dahan, who is survived by her parents, Suzanne and Machlouf, four older sisters and an older brother.
Dahan had worked at the terminal for two years, following a two-year stint at a terminal on the Allenby Bridge, on the Jordanian border. She was a diligent worker and a true bridge for peace with the Palestinians. Menashe Gilad, manager of the Rafiah terminal, also said Dahan had done her best to help Palestinian merchants get their shipments through the terminal quickly and easily.
Dahan was buried in the Tsohar cemetery. Her nephew, Oz Prishta, 17, was lightly wounded by a bullet that grazed his shoulder. He was treated at Soroka Hospital in Be'er Sheva and released.
Sgt. Shahar Vekret
Sgt. Shahar Vekret, 20, of Lod was fatally shot on Nov 10, 2000 by a Palestinian sniper near Rachel's Tomb at the entrance to Bethlehem.
Sgt. Shahar Vekret of Lod, died from a neck wound he sustained Friday afternoon when a Palestinian sniper shot him near Rachel's Tomb outside Bethlehem. Vekret was transferred to Hadassah University Hospital, Ein Kerem, in Jerusalem, where he died of his wounds.
Shahar was planning to get married after concluding his army service. He leaves behind his parents and four siblings.
Shahar Vekret was buried in the military section of the Lod cemetery.
Sarah Leisha, 42, of Neveh Tzuf was killed on Nov 13, 2000 by gunfire from a passing car while travelling near Ofra, north of Ramallah.
Leisha, a teacher and mother of five, was killed riding in a car when terrorists opened fire on it at the Arameh junction near Neveh Tzuf.
"I was slowing down to turn right to Neveh Tzuf when a vehicle overtook me and the occupants opened fire," said the driver of the car. "Bullets entered the window, and I looked and saw blood spurting from the head of the teacher sitting next to me. I realized she was dead and there was nothing I could do."
Leisha was buried at Har Hamenuhot.
Chief Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau, who delivered one of the eulogies, said he came to Jerusalem "to cry out to heaven and earth for the sake of personal and national security." Leisha, he said, "is fulfilling her mission to the end: She will indeed shake the pillars of heaven and earth."
Pinhas Wallerstein, chairman of the Binyamin Regional Council, urged his fellow settlers to remain strong. "It is permissible to cry, but not to be broken," he said.
Cpl. Elad Wallenstein
Cpl. Elad Wallenstein, 18, of Ashkelon was killed on Nov 13, 2000 near Ofra by gunfire from a car passing the military bus carrying him.
After opening fire against a civilian car killing one of the passengers, Sarah Leisha, the terrorists continued a few hundred meters, where they encountered a bus transporting sailors and airmen who were to be deployed on guard duty. They sprayed the military bus with automatic fire before fleeing toward Ramallah. Cpl. Amit Zaneh was also killed in the attack.
Wallenstein was in the navy, but had been doing a two-week stint of guard duty in a West Bank settlement. His funeral was attended by hundreds of Ashkelon residents, as well as fellow sailors and navy officers.
Elad was born and raised in Ashkelon. He attended a local high-school where his mother was the principal. Elad leaves behind his parents, Edna and Uzi and two brothers, Tomer, 26, and Devir, 23. He was buried in the Ashkelon military cemetery.
Cpl. Amit Zaneh
Cpl. Amit Zaneh, 19, of Netanya was killed on Nov 13, 2000 near Ofra by gunfire from a car passing the military bus he was travelling in. After opening fire against a civilian car killing one of the passengers, Sarah Leisha, the terrorists continued a few hundred meters, where they encountered a bus transporting sailors and airmen who were to be deployed on guard duty. They sprayed the military bus with automatic fire before fleeing toward Ramallah.
Zaneh was in the air force, but had been doing a stint of guard duty in the settlements. Cpl. Elad Wallenstein was also killed in the attack.
Amit completed his studies at Ort in Natanya, where he studied electronics and received a technician's diploma. He was given the opportunity to continue his studies and receive an engineering diploma, but he insisted on enlisting for army service. Amit completed a brief training course and began a course at the Air Force Technical School.
Amit leaves behind his parents, Mordechai and Janet, and two sisters, Sharon and Carmit. He was buried in the Netanya military cemetery.
Gabi Zaghouri, 36, of Netivot was killed on Nov 13, 2000 by gunfire directed at the truck he was driving near the Kissufim junction in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.
Zaghouri was killed in a shooting attack in Gaza while driving a truck full of produce from Gush Katif to markets inside the Green Line.
Gavriel Zaghouri was buried in the Netivot cemetery. His funeral was attended both by Netivot residents and by many soldiers from the nearby Tze'elim army base, where Zaghouri had served for several years in an engineering unit.
He is survived by his parents, wife, three children and seven siblings.
Sgt. Sharon Shitoubi
Sgt. Sharon Shitoubi, 21, of Ramle, wounded in the Palestinan shooting attack in Kfar Darom on Nov 18, 2000, died of his wounds on Nov 20, 2000.
Sergeant Sharon Shitubi, of Ramle was mortally wounded by a Palestinian man at an IDF position near the Kfar Darom hothouses in Gaza on Saturday. Shitubi, a member of the Golani brigade, was in coma for two days after being hit in the head by a bullet during the attack. St.-Sgt. Baruch (Snir) Flum was also killed in the attack.
Many family members and friends visited the Shitubi home, in order to pay their respects and give comfort to the bereaved. Childhood friends spoke of his steadfast friendship and kind-heartedness.
Sharon was one of the last soldiers to leave Lebanon when the IDF pulled out in May. His commanders in Golani said that he was exceptionally talented, and that he was to have taken examinations for the Officers Corps.
Shitubi was laid to rest at Ramle cemetery. Sharon Shitubi leaves behind his parents and four brothers.
St.-Sgt. Baruch (Snir) Flum
St.-Sgt. Baruch (Snir) Flum, 21, of Tel-Aviv was shot and killed on Nov 18, 2000, by a senior Palestinian Preventive Security Service officer who infiltrated the Kfar Darom greenhouses in the Gaza Strip, and shot him at close range before being killed by soldiers. The Fatah Hawks claimed responsibility for the attack, which senior IDF officers said had been well planned, including assistance by intelligence reports. The assailant, Baha Said, 30, from the Maghazi refugee camp, was a member of the PPSS headed by Mohammad Dahlan.
The attack occurred less than 24 hours after Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat called on Palestinians to refrain from perpetrating attacks from areas under Palestinian control. Sgt. Sharon Shitoubi was also killed in the attack.
Flum was one of the last soldiers to leave Lebanon in the dramatic pre-dawn withdrawal on May 24 where his Golani Brigade unit had been stationed. He was one of the soldiers filmed by television crews around the world as his armored personnel carrier rolled through the Fatma Gate from the demilitarized zone in southern Lebanon.
"When he got out of Lebanon he called me up and told me: 'Mama, I'm in the country,'" his mother, Etti, told reporters who had come to her home. "They showed him on TV with the soldiers who were among the last to leave. I was glad when he got out of Lebanon, but he was stationed in the territories since the riots started and I have been so anxious the whole time. He told me everything would be all right, but I was scared."
Flum was just four months shy of his release from IDF service when he was shot dead while guarding Kfar Darom in the Gaza Strip.
Relatives and friends flocked to Flum's home in Tel Aviv to console his mother and six-year-old brother, Shai. Friends who gathered outside the apartment said Flum had begun planning a trip abroad. On Friday he had called his mother and told her not to worry, just hours before he was killed.
Flum's father was killed six years ago and he could have asked to serve in a non-combat unit. His mother donated her son's organs.
Itamar Yefet, 18, of Netzer Hazani died on Nov 21, 2000, from a gunshot wound to the head after a Palestinian sniper shot him at the Gush Katif junction.
Yefet was hitching a ride to a nearby settlement to volunteer in agricultural work when he was shot. He was flown to Soroka Medical Center in Beersheba after the attack, where a team of surgeons struggled unsuccessfully to save him.
Itamar's family are veteran residents of the community of Netzer Hazani. Yaki Yisraeli, secretary of Netzer Hazani, stood with Yefet's family in the hospital corridor as doctors fought to save Itamar. Yisraeli said Itamar was a student at the military academy at Yatir and had returned to attend the funerals of Monday's victims. One of seven children, his parents Benny and Rahel are founding members of the settlement.
Yefet was buried in Moshav Kadima.
Miriam Amitai, 35, of Kfar Darom, was killed on Nov 20, 2000 when a roadside bomb exploded alongside a bus carrying children from Kfar Darom to school in Gush Katif.
A wire-operated artillery shell ripped into a schoolbus near Kfar Darom in the Gaza Strip, killing two and wounding nine others, most of them children. Three terrorists detonated a 120 mm. shell with a sophisticated fusing mechanism about 20 meters from the road the bus was on, according to the IDF. Thirty children, teachers and escorts were travelling in the bus as it made its way from the settlement to the school in Gush Katif when the attack took place.
Miriam Amitai, a Kfar Darom resident, was one of the two people killed in the attack, along with Gavriel Biton. She was buried in the West Bank settlement of Ofra. Among the mourners were Amitai's pupils at the Girls' High School in Gush Katif, where she taught.
Miriam Amitai leaves behind a husband and four children.
Gavriel Biton, 35, of Kfar Darom, was killed on Nov 20, 2000, when a roadside bomb exploded alongside a bus carrying children from Kfar Darom to school in Gush Katif.
A wire-operated artillery shell ripped into a schoolbus near Kfar Darom in the Gaza Strip, killing two and wounding nine others, most of them children. Three terrorists detonated a 120 mm. shell with a sophisticated fusing mechanism at the bus from a distance of some 20 meters from the road on which the bus was travelling, according to the IDF. Thirty children, teachers and escorts were travelling in the bus as it made its way from the settlement to the school in Gush Katif when the attack took place. Gavriel Biton, a teacher at the school, was killed in the explosion along with Miriam Amitai.
Biton was a native of Yeroham, where he met Avigail Lewis over a decade ago when she went to Yeroham to do her national service and his family "adopted" her. Lewis is the daughter of Hadasa and Aryeh Lewis, former New Yorkers who came here in 1967. Avigail, born in Israel, and Gavriel had six children, the oldest of whom is 12, and the youngest four months old. The couple moved to Kfar Darom some 10 years ago. Shots had recently been fired at their home.
Biton was buried in his native town of Yeroham in the Negev.
Shoshana Reis, 21, of Hadera, was killed on Nov 22, 2000 when a powerful car bomb was detonated alongside a passing bus on Hadera's main street, while the area was packed with cars and pedestrians.
The car bomb was detonated just before 5:30 P.M. on Rehov Hanassi near the Lev Hadera shopping mall, killing two passengers of the bus - Shoshana Reis and Meir Bahrame. People in the sidewalk stores and residents living above the shops were among the 60 injured.
Hundreds of people attended Shoshana's funeral, including MKs Ayoub Kara, Yair Peretz, and Yuri Stern. A number of public dignitaries paid tribute to her, including Deputy Mayor of Hadera, Avraham Ballev and Avi Tzafon, the head of the Magen David Adom station where Shoshana volunteered on a regular basis.
Shoshana leaves behind her parents, Tzviah and Tuvia, and two sisters, Sabbina, 19, and Anat, 13.
Shoshana Reis was buried in the city's cemetery.
Meir Bahrame, 35, of Givat Olga was killed on Nov 22, 2000 when a powerful car bomb was detonated alongside a passing bus on Hadera's main street, when the area was packed with cars and pedestrians.
The car bomb was detonated just before 5:30 P.M. on Rehov Hanassi near the Lev Hadera shopping mall, killing two passengers of the bus - Meir Bahrame and Shoshana Reis. People in the sidewalk stores and residents living above the shops were among the 60 injured.
The blast occurred just as the No. 7 Egged bus, en route from Hadera to Givat Olga with more than 20 people on board, had stopped to take on passengers.
Meir Bahrame was the father of a seven-year-old girl and five-year-old twins. Divorced, he worked at Hillel Yoffe Hospital in the mornings and at a restaurant in Givat Olga in the evening. His brother, Arik, said his employer at the restaurant had asked him to come to work an hour earlier than usual and for that reason he had taken the No. 7 bus.
Hundreds of people attended his funeral at the Hadera cemetery.
Maj. Sharon Arameh
Maj. Sharon Arameh, 25, of Ashkelon was killed on Nov 24, 2000 by Palestinian sniper fire in fighting near Neve Dekalim in the Gaza Strip.
Sharon Arameh, the chief IDF communications officer for the southern Gaza regional headquarters, was shot in the neck.
Sharon was the youngest of five brothers. Only ten days before he was killed he celebrated his wedding anniversary with his wife Natalie, 22, and their son Liav, a 14-month-old boy who just recently learned to say "abba" (daddy).
Arameh was laid to rest in the military section of the Ashkelon cemetery.
Lt. Edward Matchnik
Lt. Edward Matchnik, 21, of Beersheba, was killed on Nov 23, 2000 in an explosion at the District Coordination Office near Gush Katif in the Gaza Strip.
Matchnik was killed in an explosion at the District Coordination Office near Gush Katif in the Gaza Strip. The joint DCOs were established at the borders of Palestinian-ruled areas under the interim peace accords and were responsible for coordinating security and humanitarian cooperation.
Matchnik, originally classified as unfit for combat duty on medical grounds, had fought that ruling through successive army medical boards until he was upgraded and assigned to the Armored Corps.
At the funeral, attended by a large crowd of mourners, including Beersheba Mayor Ya'acov Terner, Matchnik's brigade commander spoke of the irony of his dying while trying to improve relations between Israelis and Palestinians. "You thought you could help and contribute your understanding. You were loved by those under your command. We shall not remain silent, nor shall we rest until we have settled accounts with your murderers, so they will understand that they gain nothing this way," he said.
The Matchnik family - Edward, younger sister Yana, and parents Galia and Natan - immigrated from the Ukraine in 1990.
Lt. Edward Matchnik was buried in the military cemetery in Beersheba.
Sgt. Samar Hussein
Sgt. Samar Hussein, 19, of Hurfeish, was killed on Nov 23, 2000 when Palestinian snipers opened fire at soldiers patrolling the border fence near the Erez crossing.
Hurfeish town council head Col. (res.) Mofed Amar said last night that Hussein was the 24th soldier from the Druze village to fall in battle. "In the name of the village, we want to strengthen the hands of all IDF soldiers and security forces," he said. He added that Hussein had been deployed in the Gaza Strip area when the violence broke out two months ago.
Samar had a low military profile, which he fought to raise. He wanted to join a combat unit and asked to volunteer for a Druze regiment. Samar's older brother served in the Golani unit, and was seriously wounded in a confrontation with terrorists in Lebanon. Samar was due to participate in a training course for officers. Hussein was the third son, out of three brothers and five sisters.
Immediately following news of the tragedy, many people from Samar's village arrived at his family home to comfort the bereaved parents and family. Samar's uncle, Fuaz Hussein paid tribute to Samar and stated: "Something must be done to end all this and bring peace. As long as there is no peace, this situation will not be secure."
Samar was laid to rest in Kfar Hurfeish.
Ariel Jeraffi, 40, of Petah Tikva, was killed on Nov 24, 2000 by Palestinian fire while driving in the West Bank.
Ariel, a civilian employed by the IDF, was killed by Palestinian fire as he traveled near Otzarin in the West Bank, while returning from work.
Jeraffi, father of three, had been carrying out construction work in the settlement of Barkan. Four bullets penetrated the vehicle in which he was travelling, one of them penetrating his flack jacket and piercing his abdomen.
Rina Didovsky, 39, died on Dec 8, 2000 when a car full of gunmen sprayed the van in which she was a passenger with bullets as it drove near Kiryat Arba.
Rina Didovsky, mother of six and a teacher at the Kiryat Arba school for almost two decades, was on her way to work on the morning of the attack. The van's driver, Eliyahu Ben-Ami, 41, of Otniel, was mortally wounded. A second teacher in the van was lightly injured by shrapnel.
Didovsky dedicated her life to her young students, usually in third and fourth grade. She had endless patience and dedication above and beyond the requirements of her job. She saw teaching not as an ordinary career, but as an ideal. One of her pupils related that Rina never yelled at the children, was always very understanding, and always smiled. If they hadn't finished their homework she would give them a chance to complete it.
Didovsky's husband, Haim, runs a settler news agency called Hakol Mehashetakh ("Voice from the Field") and he was the first to inform journalists of the incident. Only later did he discover he had reported the death of his wife.
Friday afternoon, thousands lined the Jerusalem streets through which Rina Didovsky's funeral procession passed. She was buried in Jerusalem's Har Hamenuhot cemetery.
Eliyahu Ben-Ami, 41, was mortally wounded on Dec 8, 2000 - when a car full of gunmen sprayed the van which he was driving near Kiryat Arba.
Ben-Ami, father of two, was mortally wounded while driving a group of teachers to work in Kiryat Arba. Palestinian gunmen attacked them in a drive-by shooting. One of the passengers, Rina Didovsky, died instantly of head wounds. Another was injured in the shooting. Ben-Ami was seriously injured in the stomach and lost control of the van, which rolled off the road. He later died of his wounds in hospital.
Eliyahu Ben-Ami leaves behind a wife, Mazal, and two daughters, Moria, 13 and Rachel, 11 years old. Ben-Ami was buried in Rehovot.
Sgt. Tal Gordon
Sgt. Tal Gordon, 19, was killed on Dec 8, 2000 by shots fired at a bus near Jericho.
Sgt. Tal Gordon was killed when gunmen in a passing car opened fire on the No. 963 Egged bus in which he was traveling south from Tiberias to Jerusalem.
The shooting took place on the section of the road built to bypass the Palestinian city of Jericho. His girlfriend, Gal, also a passenger, was lightly wounded.
Tal immigrated from Russia together with his Mother Orna and his sister Maor 13 years ago. He was buried at Mount Herzl military cemetery.
Eliahu Cohen, 29, of Modi'in was shot and killed on Dec 21, 2000 by Palestinian terrorists waiting in ambush on the road between Givat Ze'ev and Beit Horon.
Eli Cohen was born in Jerusalem. He lived until recently with his wife and four-month old son, Noam, in the Gilo neighborhood of Jerusalem, when they moved to a new apartment in Modi'in. He continued to work as a driving instructor in Jerusalem, and was on his way home to Modi'in when his car was sprayed with automatic gunfire as he drove past Givat Ze'ev shortly before 8:30 P.M. The gunmen had been hiding at the roadside when they ambushed his car, and later fled on foot towards Ramallah.
His widow, Rotem, related: "He was in favor of peace and he grieved for the children who were orphaned as a result of the terrorist attacks."
One of two IDF soldiers who were killed on December 28, 2000 while dismantling a terrorist bomb, was buried in Kibbutz Hanita at 3 PM today. Ami Gancharsky of Hanita recounted today that Jonathan, who was not Jewish, came to live in Israel with his parents at the age of 4, and decided to remain in Israel at age 18 even when they returned to Holland. "We would ask him why he wanted to stay in Israel, with its wars and dangers," Gancharsky told Arutz-7, "and he said that he loved Israel, saw himself as part of the country, and wanted to stay. Even though his parents asked him to return, saying that he had given enough, he said, no, he wanted to stay here and contribute as a volunteer in the Yamam Special Forces."
Capt. Gad Marasha, 30, of Kiryat Arba was killed on Dec 28, 2000 when called to dismantle a road-side bomb near the Sufa crossing in the Gaza Strip. In a carefully-planned ambush, the terrorists apparently waited for soldiers and sappers to gather around the first bomb and then detonated a second bomb planted nearby, possibly by remote control. Gad Marasha died shortly after arriving at Soroka Hospital in Beersheba. Gad Marasha immigrated to Israel from Ethiopia with his family 20 years ago, and lived in Kiryat Arba. Recruited to the army in 1990, he volunteered to join the trackers unit. After completing an officer training course, he received an outstanding officer award. He served as commander of the trackers unit in the IDF Southern Command - the only Jewish member of a unit composed of Bedouin. Lt.-Col. Nimer related: "Gadi always gave his soldiers the feeling that he was part of them. During the month-long Ramadan fast, he did not eat or drink in their presence. The Bedouin soldiers respected him for this. He fostered relations of trust and appreciation." Marasha had planned to marry in April. Gad Marasha was buried on Mt. Herzl in Jerusalem. He is survived by his parents and four siblings.
Binyamin Zev and Talia Kahane
Binyamin and Talia Kahane, of Kfar Tapuach were shot and killed on Dec 31, 2000 by Palestinian terrorists waiting in ambush on the road near Ofra. Five of their six children were injured in the shooting attack.
Binyamin Zev Kahane immigrated to Israel with his family at the age of 4, in 1971. He studied at the Mercaz HaRav Rabbinical College, and co-founded the Yeshivat HaRayon HaYehudi with his late father in 1987.
Binyamin Zev Kahane and his wife Talia had 6 children aged 10 to 2 months and lived in the town of Tapuach, located in Israel's Shomron hills. He was the author of several books on the Halachic status of the non-Jew in Israel and on other topics of Jewish law, including a commentary on the Passover Hagadah.
Binyamin Kahane was the director of Yeshivat HaRav Meir in Tapuach and was the former head of Kahane Chai until the party was banned by the Israeli government. He edited and published a weekly commentary on the Torah portion of the week and on current events called "Darka Shel Torah". He was the recognized leader of the late Rabbi Kahane's movement.
The body of Ron Tzalah, 32, of Kfar Yam in Gush Katif, was found on January 14, 2001 near the Kfar Yam hothouses. Tzalah had gone to check on the hothouses where he grows cherry tomatoes and cucumbers when he was attacked. He was working with his Palestinian employees, who are suspected of involvement in the killing. Two groups have claimed responsibility for the murder, one affiliated with the Fatah and the other with the Hamas. Ron's father-in-law, Shimon Mor-Yosef, a Gush Katif ambulance driver, alerted officials to his disappearance after calls to his cellphone went unanswered. Tzalah's car, carrying a locating transmitter, was tracked to Khan Yunis, where it was found torched. The IDF assumes that Palestinians who were in the area murdered him and then fled to Khan Yunis in his car. Tzalah's body was discovered in the morning near the Kfar Yam hothouses. Roni Tzalah lived in Kfar Yam for 10 years, working as a farmer. Oshrit, whom he married four years ago, is in the early months of pregnancy. They have an 18-month-old son, Gal. He was buried in Gush Katif.
Ofir Rahum, 16, of Ashkelon, was murdered by Palestinian assailants in Ramallah on Jan 17, 2001. Ofir Rahum, a high school student who was reported missing from his home, reportedly went to Jerusalem on Wednesday morning (January 17) to meet a woman with whom he had become romantically involved via an Internet chat site. She then drove him toward Ramallah. At a prearranged location she bolted from the car, another vehicle drove up and three Palestinian gunmen inside shot Ofir more than 15 times. One terrorist drove off with Ofir's body and dumped it, while the others fled in the second vehicle. Mona Awana, 25, the woman believed to have lured Ofir to his death, was apprehended by the IDF and Israel Security Agency at her parents' home in the West Bank village of Bir Naballah. Rahum reportedly was not aware that Awana was Palestinian and believed she was an American living in Jerusalem. Ofir's parents became concerned when he failed to return home on Wednesday evening and, after questioning his friends, discovered he had not been to school that day. The body, which the Palestinian authorities originally claimed was that of a Palestinian who had been shot by Israeli security officials, was handed over on Thursday to the Israeli authorities. Rahum is the fourth Israeli to be murdered in the Ramallah area since the outbreak of the current violence over four months ago. Hundreds attended Ofir's funeral at the Ashkelon cemetery. His school principal, Shosh Erez, described him as an outstanding student and a wonderful person, with a very supportive family. Ofir Rahum is survived by his parents and three sisters.
Motti Dayan, 27, was abducted and executed on Jan 23, 2001, by masked Palestinian gunmen as he was dining in Tulkarem. Palestinian gunmen abducted Israeli restaurateurs Etgar Zeitouny and Motti Dayan as they were dining in Tulkarem, took them out to a field, and summarily executed them. Israel immediately clamped a curfew on Tulkarem and vowed to capture the murderers. The two cousins, both single, were co-owners of the "Yuppies" sushi bar on Tel Aviv's trendy Rehov Sheinkin. They had come to Tulkarem with an Israeli Arab acquaintance who owns a vegetable stand close to their restaurant, to shop for flowerpots for the restaurant. Afterwards they stopped to dine at the Abu Nidal Restaurant on the outskirts of the Palestinian-controlled town. As they were eating, word spread through the town that Israelis were there. A short time later, the gunmen arrived and dragged the three out of the restaurant, and drove them out of town toward the villages of Iktaba and Bala'a, still in the Palestinian-controlled zone. They reportedly halted at the side of the road near the Nur Shams refugee camp, shot dead the Israeli Jews and let the Israeli Arab go. Dayan was more the restaurateur, while Zeitouny ran the business side of things, said Ro'i Spiegel, the bartender at "Yuppies". Friends from the neighborhood would stop by to say hello to the young owners, who were outgoing and friendly, open and charming, said Dalia, who lives in an apartment above the restaurant. Motti Dayan was buried in his home city of Haifa.
Etgar Zeitouny, 34, was abducted and executed on Jan 23, 2001, by masked Palestinian gunmen as he was dining in Tulkarem. Palestinian gunmen abducted Israeli restaurateurs Etgar Zeitouny and Motti Dayan as they were dining in Tulkarem, took them out to a field, and summarily executed them. Israel immediately clamped a curfew on Tulkarem and vowed to capture the murderers. The two cousins, both single, were co-owners of the "Yuppies" sushi bar on Tel Aviv's trendy Rehov Sheinkin. They had come to Tulkarem with an Israeli Arab acquaintance who owns a vegetable stand close to their restaurant, to shop for flowerpots for the restaurant. Afterwards they stopped to dine at the Abu Nidal Restaurant on the outskirts of the Palestinian-controlled town. As they were eating, word spread through the town that Israelis were there. A short time later, the gunmen arrived and dragged the three out of the restaurant, and drove them out of town toward the villages of Iktaba and Bala'a, still in the Palestinian-controlled zone. They reportedly halted at the side of the road near the Nur Shams refugee camp, shot dead the Israeli Jews and let the Israeli Arab go. A neighbor characterized Zeitouny as "quiet, helpful, peaceful... a bohemian type." Dayan was more the restaurateur, while Zeitouny ran the business side of things, said Ro'i Spiegel, the bartender at "Yuppies". Etgar Zeituny was buried in his home city of Haifa.
Akiva Pashkos, 45, of Jerusalem, was shot dead on Jan 25, 2001, in a terror attack near the Atarot industrial zone north of the capital. Pashkos, who lived in the Bayit Vegan neighborhood and worked as a manager in a tissue factory in Atarot, had taken several Arab workers from the factory to the A-Ram junction in his van and dropped them off at about 6.30 p.m. On his way back, at the southern entrance to Atarot close to the village of Bir Naballah, several shots were fired at his car, and he was fatally wounded. The attackers, who were either driving in a separate vehicle or laying in ambush, fled to Bir Naballah. A group believed to be an offshoot of Yasser Arafat's Fatah faction claimed responsibility for the attack, a senior West Bank Fatah official told Reuters. "He was a good-hearted man," one of Pashkos's neighbors said, adding that the children of the neighborhood had eagerly awaited his arrival every Shabbat in synagogue, where he served as sexton and would hand out candy. Akiva Pashkos is survived by his wife, Hila, and their five children. His oldest daughter is married and the youngest child is due to celebrate his bar mitzva in a few months. Akiva Pashkos was laid to rest in Jerusalem's Har Hamenuhot cemetery
Arye Hershkowitz, 55, of Ofra, was killed on Jan 29, 2001, by shots fired from a passing car near the Rama junction north of Jerusalem. Palestinian gunmen shot dead Arye Hershkovitz near Ramallah yesterday in what security sources believe may have been an attack by Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat's Force 17. At least three bullets passed through the car's windshield, hitting him in the heart. Although the car ran into a ditch, its sole passenger, Yonathan Ben-Ami of Beit El, was unscathed and immediately alerted the authorities. Hershkovitz, who worked in the Pereg air conditioning company in the Atarot industrial zone, was on his way to Beit El to repair someone's heating system, and picked up Ben-Ami who was hitchhiking home. Hershkovitz was traveling east when terrorists in a red vehicle opened fire at his car and fled toward the nearby Palestinian autonomous area. At least 10 cartridge cases were found scattered on the road at the site of the attack. Hershkovitz's wife, Geula, heard about the shooting on the radio. Her fears were raised when she was unable to reach her husband on his cellphone. She immediately called the regional emergency headquarters, only to find out that her husband was the victim. A neighbor described Hershkovitz as a practical man with a heart of gold, who was always willing to assist others despite his somewhat gruff appearance. The couple had lived in Ofra for 14 years and had four children and four grandchildren. Arye Hershkovitz was laid to rest in Petah Tikva
Lior Attiah, 23, of Afula, was fatally shot on Feb 1, 2001, by terrorists while traveling near Jenin. Palestinian terrorists gunned down Lior Attiah after he arrived at the outskirts of Jenin in a section called Subaher Hir, under Israeli security control, to pick up his car in the morning. Attiah was accompanied by an Israeli Arab acquaintance, Mahmoud Zaubi, of Tamra. Zaubi ran and alerted Palestinian security officials at the nearby roadblock, who called an ambulance. Attiah, who was shot in the head, chest, and stomach, was transferred by a Red Crescent Society ambulance to the hospital in Jenin, while Israeli officials in the District Coordinating Office were informed of the incident. A police spokesman said that Attiah had taken his car to the Arab village for repair two weeks ago, and it appeared that terrorists had prepared an ambush for him. Hundreds visited Attiah's home yesterday to express their condolences to his family. Friends and relatives described Lior as a well-liked person who was doted upon by his parents, who have three daughters but whose elder son died of a heart attack. His mother, Shoshana, said she had tried to persuade him not to go to Jenin to collect his car. "He told me not to worry because nothing would happen to him," she said, shaking with anguish. "He was a lovely boy. He never hurt anybody and never interfered with anything or anybody," said his uncle, Avraham Tayeb. Lior Attiah, who was born and raised in Afula, was buried at the cemetery in his hometown.
Dr. Shmuel Gillis
Dr. Shmuel Gillis, 42, of Karmei Tzur, was killed on Feb 1, 2001, by Palestinian gunmen who fired at his car near the Aroub refugee camp on the Jerusalem-Hebron highway. Dr. Shmuel Gillis, father of five children aged 3 to 13, who was a senior hemotologist at Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem in Jerusalem, was driving to his home in Gush Etzion. Along the section of the Jerusalem-Hebron highway near the Aroub refugee camp, a passing Palestinian car fired at him with automatic weapons. Eleven bullets struck his body hitting him in the neck and chest. He died on the spot. His wife Ruthi told her children that she also pities Shmuel's patients for their loss. To them, he represented hope. In treating his patients, he made no distinction between opinion, religion, or status. He treated patients suffering from leukemia and lymphoma, not only from Israel but also from Gaza, Ramallah, Nablus, and even from Jordan and Egypt. One of his patients, an Arab woman, described him as "better than an angel". Shmuel Gillis was born in England to a religious family who immigrated to Israel in 1970. He grew up in the Beit Hakerem neighborhood of Jerusalem. He and his two brothers became doctors, following in the footsteps of his father, Dr. Aharon Gillis. Shmuel served as a doctor in the IDF reserves as part of the Shaldag commando unit. Karmei Tzur resident Ezra Shvab said Dr. Gillis and his wife were an integral part of community life, having lived there for 11 years. "Everyone is deeply shocked," Shvab said. "Shmuel was extremely involved in the community. His wife heads the community's recreation center," he added. Thousands, including his colleagues and some of his patients, attended his funeral which left from Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem. He was buried in the Gush Etzion cemetery.
St.-Sgt. Rujayah Salameh, 23, of the Lower Galilee Arab village of Tur'an, was killed by Palestinian sniper fire as he rode in an armored personnel carrier near Rafah, in the Gaza Strip. Salameh, a member of the auxiliary Desert Patrol Battalion, was shot, on February 5, 2001, while safeguarding engineering activities for the IDF along the border fence with Egypt. Salameh, who had shortly before cast his ballot in the elections for prime minister, was standing in the APC's upper turret. He was struck by a bullet from a sniper in one of the buildings overlooking the route used by the soldiers. Palestinians had previously fired at IDF positions near Rafah. Scores flocked to Salameh's family home last night to express their condolences. Salameh's grandfather told reporters that he had opposed his grandson's joining the army. "Two years ago he chose to join the army, [but] I did not want him to. But when I saw how determined he was I wished him to return safely like all the other boys who join the army, especially the volunteers," he said. Fellow soldier Georgie Salim said he and Salameh were among only six Christian Arabs in the southern Beduin unit. Salim told reporters he and Salameh underwent training and front-line duty together. "We were very close as we were few in a minorities' unit," Salim said. "I never thought something would happen to one of us." The village of Tur'an has about 10,000 residents, 20 percent of whom are Christian. Salameh's funeral was held in the Catholic church in Tur'an.
Tzachi Sasson, 35, of Kibbutz Rosh Tzurim in Gush Etzion, was shot and killed on Feb 11, 2001, by Palestinian gunmen as he drove home from Jerusalem. Tzachi Sasson, 35, was shot in the head through the car windshield as he drove on the bridge that joins two tunnels on the bypass road from Jerusalem to the Gush Etzion settlement bloc. While the shooting continued, a Magen David Adom crew succeeded in transferring Sasson to Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem, where he died of his wounds. Tzachi, father of two children, aged 4.5 and 7, was employed as an electrical engineer in a high-tech plant in Jerusalem. He was driving home from work when he was killed. Sasson's wife, Osnat, is a social worker who deals with victims of terrorism and the disabled. She said, "We knew it could happen to anybody, but we didn't talk about it and we hoped it wouldn't happen to us." Tzachi Sasson was buried in Jerusalem.
Cpl. Yasmin Karisi, 18, of Ashkelon, was one of 8 Israelis killed when a Palestinian crashed a bus into a crowded bus stop at Azor junction, south of Tel Aviv on Feb 14, 2001. It was the deadliest Palestinian attack on Israelis in four years. Corporal Yasmin Karisi, an officer cadet with long locks of brownish curly hair, was described by her friends as "perfect in all respects, smart, and ambitious." Yasmin dreamed of becoming an officer. The first-born, she was the pride of her family. Her friends had already heard that she was among the dead, even before the representatives of the Israel Defense Forces knocked on her parents' door in Ashkelon. Her boyfriend, Maor Korem, collapsed upon hearing the bitter news. "I have nothing left to live for," cried her father, who said that he was constantly afraid for his daughter. Yasmin is survived by her parents, a sister, 16, and a brother, six years old. She was buried in Ashkelon.
Simcha Shitrit, 30, of Rishon Letzion, was one of 8 Israelis killed when a Palestinian crashed a bus into a crowded bus stop at Azor junction, south of Tel Aviv on Feb 14, 2001. It was the deadliest Palestinian attack on Israelis in four years. Simcha married Meir Shitrit last year. Thinking of children, they moved to a new apartment in Ashkelon just eight months ago. Despite the move, Simcha continued to work at her old job in the Rishon Letzion industrial zone, and used to change buses at Azor daily on her way to work. "She was an angel, a flower. She loved to help people and everyone loved her," Simcha's brother Eli said,. "The last time I saw her was two days ago at a family celebration. We danced together, and she was happy. I don't believe she's gone." She is survived by her husband, parents, and seven brothers and sisters. She was buried in her home town of Rishon Letzion.
Copl. Alexander Manevitz, 18, of Ashkelon, was one of 8 Israelis killed when a Palestinian crashed a bus into a crowded bus stop at Azor junction, south of Tel Aviv on Feb 14, 2001. It was the deadliest Palestinian attack on Israelis in four years. Corporal Alexander Manevitz immigrated from Russia in 1995 and lived in Ashkelon. His parents were divorced, and his mother raised him on her own. "He was my hope in life, a beautiful boy and successful in everything he did," his mother said yesterday. His father lived in Kiryat Gat. Alexander was drafted in the army only a month and a half ago. Yesterday he was on his way back to base after spending a day's leave at home. Alexander planned to complete his matriculation exams before finishing his military service and study at university. An only child, Alexander is survived by his parents. He was buried in Ashkelon.
Sgt. Rachel Levy, 19, of Ashkelon, was one of 8 Israelis killed when a Palestinian crashed a bus into a crowded bus stop at Azor junction, south of Tel Aviv on Feb 14, 2001. It was the deadliest Palestinian attack on Israelis in four years. Sergeant Rachel Levy worked on computers in logistics at Tel Hashomer. She had signed to continue her service in the IDF for an additional three years. She had been dropped off by her father near the Tel Aviv Central Bus Station, about an hour before she was killed. He said: "Adi, my older daughter, told me that the attack occured at a junction where Rachel used to be daily. We called her on her cell phone, but there was no answer. We called her commander, and he said that she had not arrived. We then called the hospital, and they told us that she was not among the injured. We asked about her close friend and neighbor, Sigal Yunsi, and we were told that she was severely injured. I felt weak in the knees. We did not know what was happening. And then the officers came with the bad news." "The army was her whole life," her mother Henya said. "I don't wish this feeling on any mother, I can't stop shaking." Rachel left behind her parents and two sisters. She was buried in Ashkelon.
Sgt. Kochava Polanski, 19, of Ashkelon, was one of 8 Israelis killed when a Palestinian crashed a bus into a crowded bus stop at Azor junction, south of Tel Aviv on Feb 14, 2001. It was the deadliest Palestinian attack on Israelis in four years. Sergeant Kochava Polanski, a girl with short cropped hair and a big wide smile, served in the Tsrifin army base. She was due for discharge in a few months. Kochava was the middle child, of a family that immigrated from the former Soviet Union in 1987. Kochava's brother Alex said, "When I heard about terror attacks, I felt sorry for the families, but now it is my family." Friends say that she planned to take a long trip abroad after completing her military service. Kochava is survived by a brother, 27 and a younger brother, 16. She was buried in Ashkelon.
Sgt. Julie Weiner, 21, was one of 8 Israelis killed when a Palestinian crashed a bus into a crowded bus stop at Azor junction, south of Tel Aviv on Feb 14, 2001. It was the deadliest Palestinian attack on Israelis in four years. Sergeant Julie Weiner immigrated alone from France in 1999 and served in the air force. She was killed while waiting for a bus at the Azor junction that would take her to the base where her officers' training course was set to begin, her lifelong dream. Having first settled in Jerusalem, just four months ago Julie moved in with a family in Kibbutz Zikkim in the south. "I expected to see her become an important figure one day," her adoptive father at the kibbutz, Nachche Lior, said. "She was knowledgeable about whatever you talked to her about, especially literature, art. Her idealism reminded me of what we used to be like," Lior added. "Now her dream has been shattered." Ruthie Klein, Weiner's roommate from Jerusalem, said she was "a consummate European: polite, smart, and informed." All Julie thought about was volunteering for the army, Klein said, and made do without visiting her family in France - consoled by the thought of them one day seeing her in uniform. She was laid to rest in Jerusalem, after the arrival of her parents, brother and sister from France. At her funeral, her adoptive kibbutz parents stood alongside her parents.
Sgt. David Iluz, 21, of Kiryat Malachi, was one of 8 Israelis killed when a Palestinian crashed a bus into a crowded bus stop at Azor junction, south of Tel Aviv on Feb 14, 2001. It was the deadliest Palestinian attack on Israelis in four years. Sgt. David Iluz and St.-Sgt. Ofir Magidish grew up together in the same building on Rehov Herzl in Kiryat Malachi. They were also in the same class. They had missed the ride to their base by a couple of minutes and caught a bus to Azur junction, where they were killed in the bus attack. David Iluz served in the air force as an electronics technician and continued studying engineering during his military service, but really wanted to be a basketball coach. David left behind three sisters and his parents. David and Ophir, life-long friends, were laid to rest side by side in the Kiryat Malachi cemetery.
St.-Sgt. Ofir Magidish, 20, of Kiryat Malachi, was one of 8 Israelis killed when a Palestinian crashed a bus into a crowded bus stop at Azor junction, south of Tel Aviv on Feb 14, 2001. It was the deadliest Palestinian attack on Israelis in four years. Staff Sergeant Ofir Magidish and Sergeant David Iluz grew up together in the same building on Rehov Herzl in Kiryat Malachi. They were also in the same class. They had missed the ride to their base by a couple of minutes and caught a bus to Azur junction, where they were killed in the bus attack. Relatives said that Ofir, who served in army intelligence, had plans to study computer engineering upon completing his military duty next year. "We did everything to get Ophir out of Lebanon and never thought we would lose him in the center of the country," his family said yesterday. He left behind his parents, a brother and a sister. David and Opfir, life-long friends, were laid to rest side by side in the Kiryat Malachi cemetery.