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Victims of Palestinian Incitement

While Israelis mourned... in Gaza sweets were handed out to celebrate the terror atack.


Alexander Levlovich victim of rock attack

Sept 13, 2015 - Alexander Levlovich, 64, of Jerusalem was killed while on his way home from a Rosh Hashana dinner when he lost control of his vehicle after it was struck by rocks.

Alexander Levlovich, 64, was returning home to the Armon Hanetziv neighborhood in Jerusalem at approximately 11 p.m. after a Rosh Hashana holiday dinner when his car was struck by rocks thrown by Arab youths on Asher Viner Street. He lost control of his vehicle, apparently also suffering a heart attack, and was critically injured when it struck a pole. Two passengers in the car were lightly injured. Alexander was evacuated to hospital and died shortly afterwards.

Levlovich, a divorced father of three, was born in Jerusalem and lived in the city his entire life. He was the manager of a residence for disabled people in Jerusalem's Gilo neighborhood. Shimon Zurieli, Director General of ILAN, the Israeli Foundation for Handicapped Children, said: "He was a man of gold, with hands of gold and a heart of gold" who, with virtually no budget, found ways to make life easier for the residents. He was also an avid fan of the Hapoel Jerusalem basketball team.

Just days before he was killed, Alexander celebrated the wedding of his daughter Noi, where he danced with everyone. His son Nir, who was in New York when his father was killed, wrote: "One stone changed the course of my life."

Alexander Levlovich was buried in the Givat Shaul cemetery in Jerusalem. He is survived by his daughters, Yosefa, Maya and Noi, and son, Nir, as well as his partner Iris and grandchildren.


Rabbi Eitam Henkin

Oct 1, 2015 - Rabbi Eitam Henkin, 31, and his wife Na'ama, of Neria, parents of four, were killed in a drive-by shooting attack on the road between Itamar and Elon Moreh in Samaria.

Rabbi Eitam Henkin and Naama Henkin were driving home from a reunion of yeshiva graduates, with four of their children in the back seat. At least two terrorists targeted the vehicle as the Henkins drove past the Arab village of Beit Furik. Both parents suffered multiple gunshot wounds to their upper bodies and were pronounced dead at the scene. Four of their children - 9-month-old baby, and four-year-old, seven-year-old and nine-year-old boys - were rescued from the vehicle and were taken with light injuries to a nearby medical center.

A group affiliated with the Fatah Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades claimed responsibility for the attack. A Hamas spokesman praised the attack by the "brave resistance," calling the murderous act "heroic".

Eitam was born in Jerusalem and studied at the Nir Yeshiva in Kiryat Arba. He served in the IDF Golani Brigade. An ordained rabbi, he was also a historian. The family moved to Neria three years ago. A noted Torah scholar and author of several volumes of responsa, he lectured at the Nishmat college for Women in Jerusalem, established by his mother. He was completing his doctorate.

A neighbor described them as "a dream couple, who in life and in death were inseparable. Everyone knew that they went everywhere together. they invested a lot in their relationship, in their family, their children. They were something special, good people, very humble."

Eitam Henkin and his wife Naama were buried in the Givat Shaul cemetery in Jerusalem. Eitam is survived by his parents Yehudah and Chana, siblings and children - four sons: Matan Hillel, 9, Nitzan Yitzhak, 7, Neta Eliezer, 4 and Itamar, 9 months.


Naama Henkin killed in shooting attack

Oct 1, 2015 - Naama Henkin, 30, and her husband Eitam, of Neria, parents of four, were killed in a drive-by shooting attack on the road between Itamar and Elon Moreh in Samaria.

Rabbi Eitam Henkin and his wife Naama were driving home from a reunion of yeshiva graduates, with four of their children in the back seat. At least two terrorists targeted the vehicle as the Henkins drove past the Arab village of Beit Furik. Both parents suffered multiple gunshot wounds to their upper bodies and were pronounced dead at the scene. Four of their children - 9-month-old baby, and four-year-old, seven-year-old and nine-year-old boys - were rescued from the vehicle and were taken with light injuries to a nearby medical center.

A group affiliated with the Fatah Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades claimed responsibility for the attack. A Hamas spokesman praised the attack by the "brave resistance," calling the murderous act "heroic".

Naama grew up in Peduel, in Samaria. She graduated from the Emunah College of Art and Design and received a B.A. from the Open University. A graphic artist who owned her own studio, she provided quality, cutting-edge design services to prestigious institutions throughout Israel. Last year she posted on a "mommy forum" asking whether in light of violence in the West Bank young mothers should purchase life insurance and draft a will. A neighbor described them as "a dream couple, who in life and in death were inseparable. Everyone knew that they went everywhere together. they invested a lot in their relationship, in their family, their children. They were something special, good people, very humble."

Naama Henkin and her husband Eitam were buried in the Givat Shaul cemetery in Jerusalem. Naama is survived by her parents, siblings and children - four sons: Matan Hillel, 9, Nitzan Yitzhak, 7, Neta Eliezer, 4 and Itamar, 9 months.


Rabbi Aharon Bennett killed in Jerusalem stabbing

Oct 3, 2015 - Rabbi Aharon Banita-Bennett, 22, of Beitar Illit was stabbed to death by a Palestinian terrorist near Lion's Gate in Jerusalem's Old City on Saturday evening. His wife and 2-year-old son were wounded.

At around 7:30 p.m. on Saturday evening (October 3, 2015), a knife-wielding Arab attacked Aharon Bennett, his wife, their 2-year-old son and baby daughter who were on their way to pray at the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City. Rabbi Nehemia Lavi​, an Old City resident and IDF reserve officer, went down with his gun to try and save those wounded by the Arab terrorist in the attack, but the terrorist stabbed him and seized his weapon. Lavi and Bennett, who were stabbed in the upper body and were unconscious when paramedics arrived at the scene, died in hospital shortly afterwards. Bennett's wife Adele was seriously wounded. Their 2-year-old son was lightly wounded and the infant was unharmed.

The sixth son of Aliza and Michel, Aharon was born in France and immigrated with his parents to Israel. He was a member of the Breslov Hassidic community in Beitar Illit and was serving in the IDF through Project Shahar, which integrates haredim into the army.​ He was posthumously raised to the rank of corporal.

Aharon Banita-Bennett was buried in the Givat Shaul cemetery in Jerusalem. He is survived by his parents, Aliza and Michel, and siblings, his wife Adele, their 2-year-old son and infant daughter.


Rabbi Nehemia Lavi killed in Jerusalem stabbing

Oct 3, 2015 - Rabbi Nehemia Lavi was stabbed to death in Jerusalem's Old City when he came to the aid of the Bennett family, attacked by a Palestinian terrorist.

At around 7:30 p.m. on Saturday evening (October 3, 2015), a knife-wielding Arab attacked Aharon Bennett​, his wife, their 2-year-old son and infant who were on their way to pray at the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City. Rabbi Nehemia Lavi, an Old City resident and IDF reserve officer, went down with his gun to try and save those wounded by the Arab terrorist in the attack, but the terrorist stabbed him and seized his weapon. Lavi and Bennett, who were stabbed in the upper body and were unconscious when paramedics arrived at the scene, died in hospital shortly afterwards.

Rabbi Lavi, father of seven, is originally from Beit El in Binyamin north of Jerusalem, but has lived in the Old City for the past 23 years. He is a rabbi at Yeshivat Ateret Kohanim.

According to his friends, he went down with his gun to try and save those wounded by the Arab terrorist in the attack. He volunteered last summer to take an officer's course as part of his IDF reserve duty, so as to become an officer in the army and stay on longer: "He was supposed to be released from reserve duty and went to this course only so as not to be released at the usual age, so that he could continue to contribute to the people of Israel."

Rabbi Nehemia Lavi was buried in the Givat Shaul cemetery in Jerusalem. He is survived by his wife and seven children.


Chaim Haviv killed in attack on Jerusalem bus

Oct 13, 2015 - Chaim Haviv, 78, of Jerusalem was killed in a combined shooting and stabbing attack on Egged bus 78 in the neighborhood of Armon Hanatziv (East Talpiot) in southern Jerusalem.

Shortly after 10:00 am, two terrorists, both Jerusalem residents from adjacent Jabel Mukaber, boarded an Egged bus in East Talpiot (Armon HaNetziv), one armed with a gun and the other with a knife. They started shooting and stabbing passengers. A security guard at the scene was able to overpower and shoot one of the terrorists. The second locked the bus doors in an attempt to stop security forces from boarding, as well as stopping passengers from fleeing. Policemen opened fire at him from outside the bus.

Chaim Haviv and his wife Shoshana were on their way home from a visit to the doctor when the terrorists attacked the bus. Chaim was killed; Shoshana was seriously wounded and remains in intensive care. They were a quiet couple who had moved to the East Talpiot neighborhood only a few months ago.

Chaim immigrated to Israel from Iraq with his parents and ten siblings at the age of 11, settling in Jerusalem. He was a construction for many years, from the age of 13, until an accident forced him to change his profession to silversmith.

His son Yoram relates: "He grew up in a generation that lived alongside Arabs and knew them well - a generation that could have created peace. Growing up, we didn't have money but we felt rich and led full lives. He raised five children and instilled in us the values of family and hard work. If he were here he would ask for one thing only: peace."

Chaim’s nephew Benny described him as a "simple, honest man who lived his life and connected with everyone. Since the day he immigrated to Israel, he lived in Jerusalem and raised a large family that is now mourning his loss."

Chaim Haviv was buried in the Givat Shaul cemetery in Jerusalem. He is survived by his wife Shoshana, five children and 14 grandchildren.


Alon Govberg killed in attack on Jerusalem bus

Oct 13, 2015 - Alon Govberg, 51, of Jerusalem was killed in a combined shooting and stabbing attack on Egged bus 78 in the neighborhood of Armon Hanatziv (East Talpiot) in southern Jerusalem.

Shortly after 10:00 am, two terrorists, both Jerusalem residents from adjacent Jabel Mukaber, boarded an Egged bus in East Talpiot (Armon HaNetziv), one armed with a gun and the other with a knife. They started shooting and stabbing passengers. A security guard at the scene was able to overpower and shoot one of the terrorists. The second locked the bus doors in an attempt to stop security forces from boarding, as well as stopping passengers from fleeing. Policemen opened fire at him from outside the bus.

Alon was born in Baku, Azerbaijan, from where he immigrated to Israel about 20 year years ago. Unmarried and with no close family in Israel, he lived alone in the East Talpiot neighborhood of Jerusalem and was employed by the Andalus Orchestra as a security guard. He was critically wounded in the attack and died of his wounds in the hospital.

Alon Govberg was buried in the Givat Shaul cemetery in Jerusalem. Concerned that there would not be enough mourners at his funeral, the Zaka organization issued a public request for anyone who was able to attend and give dignity to his funeral and burial. Hundreds of people from all walks of life answered the call and attended. Alon is survived by his elderly mother.


Rabbi Yeshayahu Krishevsky victim of terror in Jerusalem

Oct 13, 2015 - Rabbi Yeshayahu Krishevsky, 59, of Jerusalem was killed when a terrorist rammed his car into a bus stop on Malkhei Yisrael Street in Makor Baruch, a religious neighborhood in Jerusalem, also wounding several pedestrians. The terrorist then left the vehicle and stabbed passersby.

Rabbi Yeshayahu Krishevsky, a member of the Pinsk-Karlin Hassidic community in Jerusalem, was known for his profound scholarship. He was returning from morning prayers at "Beit Yisrael", and went to the bus stop on Malkhei Yisrael Street to meet with his regular learning partner. While standing at the bus stop with the bag containing his prayer shawl and phylacteries, he was killed, struck by an axe. His study partner was seriously wounded.

Born in Jerusalem, Rabbi Krishevsky, son of Rabbi Reuven Krishevksy who was the rabbi of the Etz Chaim neighborhood.

In recent years, Krishevsky lived alone. He sat and studied all day, with his conversations all revolving around Torah. ""All he wanted to was study Torah and perform mitzvot," one acquaintance said. Out of devotion to the fulfillment of the commandment of the "brit mila" (ritual circumcision), he would make an effort to attend many of these ceremonies - boasting that one day he attended nine. It is said that he would never pronounce a blessing without someone present to respond "amen". Krishevsky authored a series of books dealing with the weekly Torah portion called Pninei Yishayahu (The Wisdom of Yishayahu).

He was known for his charitable work. His only son, Rabbi Schneur Zalman Krishevsky, eulogized his father: "He was a Jew who would call widows and orphans to ask them how they were and he would help every one of them. I remember when I was a child, the poor people who no one wanted to deal with and how he would help and take care of and feed them. A Jew who really lived for the other."

Rabbi Yeshayahu Krishevsky was buried in the Givat Shaul cemetery in Jerusalem. He is survived by his son, Shneur Zalman, and grandchildren.


Omri Levy killed in Beersheba attack

Oct 18, 2015 - Sgt. Omri Levy, 19, of Sde Hemed was killed in a terror attack at the Beersheba Central Bus Station on Sunday evening. The terrorist, armed with a pistol and a knife, then snatched the soldier's rifle, opening fire and wounding at least 10 Israelis before being killed by police.

Omri Levy grew up in the moshav Sde Hemed in central Israel, near Kfar Saba. He attended the Emek Yarkon regional high school. Although he suffered from back problems, he succeeded in enlisting in the Golani Brigade. His unit's training was interrupted last week and was attached to the Gaza Division to cope with the disturbances there. He was on his way to his base at Nahal Oz when he was killed. A corporal at the time of his death, he was posthumously promoted to the rank of sergeant.

Omri's father Noam passed away several years ago from a sudden heart attack. After his father's death, Omri was the mainstay of his family.

Sgt. Omri Levy was buried in Moshav Sde Hemed. He is survived by his mother Efrat, and his twin brother and sister, Ro'i and Yuval (16).


Avraham Asher Hasno killed south of Hebron

Oct 20, 2015 - Avraham Asher Hasno, 54, of Kiryat Arba was run over and killed by truck after his vehicle was stoned by Palestinians.

Avraham Hasno was returning home from Otniel where he was in charge of the yeshiva high school kitchen. Palestinians blocked the highway with burning tires and pelted his car with stones, causing him to stop on the side of the road and exit his vehicle. He was then hit by the truck and fatally wounded. MDA paramedics attempted to resuscitate Hasano in preparation for evacuation by helicopter, but he died at the scene.

Residents of Kiryat Arba described Hasno as a God-fearing social activist who was loved by all. "With a perpetual smile and zest for life he led Torah classes throughout the year and especially during the summer and holidays, all free of charge and on a voluntary basis," they recalled.

Avraham Hasno was buried in Kiryat Arba. He is survived by his wife Ruth, seven children and nine grandchildren.


Rabbi Haim (Howie) Rothman - sixth victim of Har Nof synagogue attack

Oct 24, 2015 - Rabbi Haim (Howie) Rothman, 55, of Jerusalem was critically injured following an attack on worshipers in a synagogue of the Har Nof neighborhood in Jerusalem on November 18, 2014. In a coma since the attack, he died of his injuries 11 months later.

At 7: 00 on Tuesday morning, two terrorists wielding a gun and butcher knives entered the Kehillat Bnei Torah synagoguge on Harav Shimon Agassi Street in the ultra-Orthodox Har Nof neighborhood in Jerusalem. They began attacking worshipers, stabbing them before opening fire. About 30 worshipers were in the midst of the morning prayers, wearing prayer shawls and phylacteries. Four were killed in the attack. Rabbi Haim Rothman sustained multiple axe blows to the head and remained in a medically induced coma for 11 months until his death on October 24, 2015.

Toronto-born Rothman immigrated to Israel in 1985. He worked in the State Comptroller’s Office and would pray and study at the Bnei Torah synagogue. He was a regular participant in the 6:25 morning prayer service at the synagogue and served as one of the service coordinators. During the course of the attack, he is reported to have thrown objects at the terrorists and tried to fight them before he himself was struck down.

Rabbi Ephraim Stein, who was at the morning prayer service that day knew Rothman, noted that they had prayed together at the same service for many years. "He was very cheerful, very outgoing, full of life and he was always enthusiastic about everything he did. He would actually sprint to synagogue in the morning, pray and then go to work, while in the evening he would come and study Torah."

Rabbi Haim (Howie) Rothman was buried in the Givat Shaul cemetery in Jerusalem. He is survived by his wife Risa and ten children.


Richard Lakin succumbs to wounds

Oct 27, 2015 - Richard Lakin, 76, of Jerusalem, who was shot in the head and stabbed in the chest during the terrorist attack on the Egged bus in East Talpiot on October 13, succumbed to his wounds.

Shortly after 10:00 am, two terrorists, both Jerusalem residents from adjacent Jabel Mukaber, boarded an Egged bus in East Talpiot (Armon HaNetziv), one armed with a gun and the other with a knife. They started shooting and stabbing passengers. A security guard at the scene was able to overpower and shoot one of the terrorists. The second locked the bus doors in an attempt to stop security forces from boarding, as well as stopping passengers from fleeing. Policemen opened fire at him from outside the bus.

Richard Lakin, a passenger on the bus, was shot and stabbed while and hospitalized in the Intensive Care Unit at Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital, where he underwent multiple surgeries. He passed away on October 27.

Lakin moved to Glastonbury, Connecticut from his native Massachusetts in 1965 and began his teaching career as a fourth- and fifth-grade teacher. He became principal of Hopewell Elementary School in 1968. Anne Alvord, who worked with Lakin as a teacher and language arts consultant at Hopewell School, recalled him as "naturally respectful and gentle and effective. He was a very peaceful man in the way he worked with his teachers and students. That was his magic, really."

Lakin and his wife Karen were active in the American civil rights movement during the 1960s, and both frequently participated in Freedom Rides to the US south to protest against racial segregation on buses. After the assassination of Martin Luther King, he and his wife established Camp King-Together, so children from different backgrounds could "get to know each other and establish a lasting and meaningful relationship."

During his tenure as principal, he took his family on a seven-week vacation to the Golan Heights and then took a year-long leave of absence to stay at a kibbutz in Israel. "Living in a Jewish state for a Jewish person is a whole different feeling than living in a Christian country," Lakin said in a 1980 article about his year in Israel. "Saturday there is the Sabbath and buses are not operating and stores are closed, where Saturday here is soccer. It's incredible in Israel when you see things mentioned in the Bible." In 1984 he decided to move to Israel with his wife and their two teenage children.

The family settled in Jerusalem, where he and his wife opened a business teaching English to people of all ages and backgrounds, including many Palestinian children from the area. He was still teaching students up until the day of the attack. He authored two books, one of them entitled Teaching as an Act of Love. "Dad was a kind, gentle loving person whose legacy is ‘acts of kindness'," his children wrote.

Lakin was active in a number of groups that sought peace between Israelis and Palestinians. The cover photo on his Facebook page at the time of his death read "Coexist".

Richard Lakin was buried in the Eretz Haim Cemetery in Bet Shemesh. He is survived by his wife Karen, their two children, Micah and Manya, and eight grandchildren.

Richard's son, Micah Lakin Avni, eulogized his father: "Dad was a kind, gentle, loving person, whose legacy is 'acts of kindness'. My sister Manya and I, and our children, Richard’s eight grandchildren, were blessed to have been educated by this wonderful man. And as I only fully learned to appreciate over the past few weeks, many other children shared this blessing over the past 50 years. Dad affected the lives of thousands of people: children, teachers and parents, he loved them, he infected them with kindness and positivism and empowered them to realize their potential. He made the world a better place. Dad was taken from us by hatred and evil. But he would not want us to respond with hatred and evil. He would forgive, and guide us to respond with love and kindness."


Border Policeman Benjamin Yakubovich dies of wounds

Nov 8, 2015 - Border Policeman St.-Sgt. Binyamin Yakobovitch, 19, of Kiryat Ata, critically wounded in a car-ramming attack at Halhoul junction on November 4, died of wounds on November 8.

On November 4, three Border Policemen on duty were wounded, one criticallly, in car-ramming attack at Halhoul junction on Highway 60, north of Hebron. The terrorist was shot and killed by security forces. Border Policeman St.-Sgt. Benjamin Yakubovich was critically wounded in the attack, suffering multisystem trauma. He was rushed to Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem, where he succumbed to his wounds on November 8. Yakubovich had been serving in the Border Police for a year and a half.

Benjamin grew up in Kiryat Ata, and later studied at the religious youth village in Kfar Hassidim. "Benny was a very special person," said Motti Sabag, one of his teachers there. "A few months ago he came here in uniform, full of pride, and said that he wanted to go into the classrooms and talk to the students about motivation and significant service - and that is what he did."

His parents decided to donate his organs. A close friend of the family remarked that the decision did not come as a surprise: "That is how Binyamin was raised. He was raised on the values of giving and helping others under any circumstances. He was an amazing boy. He had many goals and plans for the future, and now they have all been cut short. We all hope that through his organ donation, he will give life to others."

Border Policeman Benjamin Yakubovich was buried in the military section of the Kiryat Ata cemetery. He is survived by his grandparents, Mikhail and Galina, his parents, Stanislav and Simona, his brother and two sisters.


Netanel Litman killed in shooting attack

Nov 13, 2015 - Netanel Litman, 18, of Kiryat Arba, and his father Rabbi Ya'akov Litman, 40, were killed in a shooting attack while driving on Route 60 near Otniel, south of Hebron.

On Friday afternoon, the Litman family was traveling to a Shabbat pre-celebration ("Shabbat Hatan") in honor of the upcoming wedding of the eldest daughter, Sarah-Tehiya, scheduled for the coming Tuesday. Netanel was driving the car. When he slowed down at a curve, a Palestinian terrorist opened fire. Ya'akov was apparently struck first and mortally wounded. Netanel was shot while calling for help. Both died at the scene. His mother and three sisters were lightly wounded by shrapnel and the resulting crash. Dvir, 16, was shot in the leg.

Netanel, who aspired to be a doctor, had volunteered for the Magen David Adom emergency service in his spare time from the age of 15 - both in Kiryat Arba and at the Jerusalem station, located near the yeshiva where he studied. "I will always remember Netanel's smile," said Avishai Shapiro, a member of the Youth MDA in Jerusalem who knew him well. was always smile on the face of Nathanael. "He always wanted to help everybody, and always did it with a huge smile. Just a week ago he had treated someone wounded in an attack at the Tomb of the Patriarchs and even in the attack in which he was brutally murdered he was the first to report."

Netanel Litman was buried in the Givat Shaul cemetery in Jerusalem. He is survived by his mother Noa, his brother Dvir (16), and sisters Sarah-Tehiya (21), Moriah (12), Tehila (9) and Aviya (6).


Rabbi Ya'akov Litman killed in shooting attack

Nov 13, 2015 - Rabbi Ya'akov Litman, 40, of Kiryat Arba and his son Netanel were killed in a shooting attack while driving on Route 60 near Otniel, south of Hebron.

On Friday afternoon, Rabbi Ya'akov Litman was traveling with his wife Noa and six of their children were on their way to a Shabbat pre-celebration ("Shabbat Hatan") in honor of the upcoming wedding of his eldest daughter, Sarah-Tehiya, scheduled for the coming Tuesday. His son Netanel was driving the car. When he slowed down at a curve, a Palestinian terrorist opened fire. Ya'akov was apparently struck first and mortally wounded. Netanel was shot while calling for help. Both died at the scene. His wife and three daughters were lightly wounded by shrapnel and the resulting crash. Dvir, 16, was shot in the leg.

Rabbi Litman was a first grade teacher in Kiryat Arba as well as at the Merkaz Harav Yeshiva High School. Malakhi Levinger, head of the Kiryat Arba/Hevron Regional Council, described him as "one of the most dedicated teachers in our city - a teacher who provided the children of Kiryat Arba/Hevron with Torah and knowledge on a variety of subjects, and more than anything did everything with benevolence and a constant smile that infused much good into all those around him."

Rabbi Ya'akov Litman was buried in the Givat Shaul cemetery in Jerusalem. He is survived by his wife Noa, his son Dvir (16), and daughters Sarah-Tehiya (21), Moriah (12), Tehila (9) and Aviya (6).


Rabbi Ya'akov Litman killed in shooting attack

Nov 19, 2015 - Reuven Aviram, 51, of Ramle was killed in a stabbing attack during afternoon prayers in the Panorama building - a commercial center in southern Tel Aviv.

The attack took place on Thursday afternoon in the Panorama office building at an entrance to a room used for prayer services next to the parking lot. In the middle of the afternoon prayers, a man fell wounded at the entrance to the synagogue. Behind him was aman with a knife trying to get inside. As some of the worshipers tried to assist the injured man, the rest quickly closed the doors to the room. Two people were killed in the attack: Reuven Aviram and Rabbi Aharon Yesayev.

Reuven Aviram was born in Uzbekistan and immigrated to Israel in 1990. He worked as a diamond polisher and jeweler at a jewelry factory in Tel Aviv. According to his son Uriel, "Dad was the anchor of the family - a happy man, endlessly giving, a man of letters with wide knowledge."

Reuven Aviram was buried in Ramle. He is survived by his wife, Ira, his son, Uriel (26), and his brother Alex.


Rabbi Ya'akov Litman killed in shooting attack

Nov 19, 2015 - Rabbi Aharon Yesayev, 32, of Holon was killed in a stabbing attack during afternoon prayers in the Panorama building - a commercial center in southern Tel Aviv.

The attack took place on Thursday afternoon in the Panorama office building at an entrance to a room used for prayer services next to the parking lot. In the middle of the afternoon prayers, a man fell wounded at the entrance to the synagogue. Behind him was aman with a knife trying to get inside. As some of the worshipers tried to assist the injured man, the rest quickly closed the doors to the room. Two people were killed in the attack: Rabbi Aharon Yesayev and Reuven Aviram.

Aharon Yesayev worked in the Sakal electronics store in the Panorama center, and went upstairs to complete the 'minyan' of ten worshipers for the afternoon prayers, when he was killed.

Yesayev was born in Tel Aviv. He served in the army. After he became religiously observant several years ago, he moved to Holon. He was married and the father of five children - the oldest, a daughter, in first grade, and the youngest just four months old.

Rabbi Aharon Yesayev was buried in Holon. He is survived by his wife Natalie and five children, parents and siblings.


Yaakov Don killed in shooting attack in Gush Etzion

Nov 19, 2015 - Yaakov Don, 49, of Alon Shvut was one of three people killed when a Palestinian terrorist opened fire with a submachine gun at cars in a traffic jam at the Alon Shvut junction, south of Jerusalem.

Every Thursday afternoon Yaakov Don would drive to Ma’aleh Adumim to study with his two sons, Aviad and Maor, who attend yeshiva there. It was the highlight of his week. He was killed shortly after leaving his home.

Yaakov Don was born in Kiryat Ono to parents who survived the Holocaust, and like his father, a professor of economics at Bar-Ilan University, he was a lifelong professional educator. He taught at the Derech Haavot High School in Efrat, was in charge of its social activities and worked with the Education Ministry on its school computerization program. Colleagues described him as the kind of teacher who loved his work and his students, taking great pride in their achievements. He and his wife Sara spent several years in Toronto, Canada as teaching emissaries.

Yaakov was completing a doctorate in educational technology at the University of Haifa. The family was already planning what presents they would give him - a coffee maker and the Book of Esther - for a joint event celebrating both his 50th birthday and the completion of his doctorate.

Yaakov Don was buried in the Kfar Etzion cemetery. He is survived by his wife Sara, and their four children: Aviad (21), Maor (19), Yedidya (17) and Raheli (13).


Ezra Schwartz killed in shooting attack in Gush Etzion

Nov 19, 2015 - Ezra Schwartz, 18, of Sharon, Massachusetts was one of three people killed when a Palestinian terrorist opened fire with a submachine gun at cars in a traffic jam at the Alon Shvut junction, south of Jerusalem.

Ezra Schwartz, a US citizen and a student at the Ashreinu Yeshiva in Beit Shemesh, came to Israel as part of a nine-month volunteer program. The group of volunteers had travelled to the area in order to hand out food to soldiers and visited the memorial established for the three Israeli teens who were kidnapped and killed last summer. Ezra was one of three people killed in the attack, and several of the volunteers were wounded.

Ezra was born in Sharon, Massachusetts, where his parents and four younger siblings reside. He came to Israel on a gap year after graduating from Maimonides Day School in Brookline, Massachusetts, and had planned to attend Rutgers University next fall. Although he was excited about going to college, his primary passion in life was connecting to Israel.

Ezra was a camper and then a counselor at Camp Yavneh in Northwood, New Hampshire. From lifelong camp buddies to teammates on his high school baseball team, friends of Schwartz recalled a highly driven young man, known for telling good jokes and helping bring others out of their shells. The first week of last summer Ezra received the Outstanding Counselor award.

In addition to loving Israel, several of his friends noted his passion for helping others. Though remembered for occasional mischief and wise-cracking, Schwartz was unanimously praised for reaching out to people in need of friends, and encouraging others - including his four siblings - to be themselves.

Ezra’s uncle, Yoav, who lives in Ra’anana, recalled him as a teenager who loved sports and whose easy manner and sense of humor drew everyone to him. Ezra was respected for his role as captain of the baseball team at Maimonides School. Former teammate Zachary Blitstein, related that "Ezra also showed his toughness. Even though he was one of the shortest guys on the field, he was probably the toughest guy I have ever known. He did the dirty things like diving for grounders, or sliding into home plate."

Ezra Schwartz was buried in Sharon Memorial Park in his home town in Massachusetts. He is survived by his parents Ari and Ruth, his sister Mollie, and three brothers - Avi, Elon and Hillel. Family and teachers eulogized him as a young man with boundless energy, capable of making friends with anyone. From mentoring his siblings to spending quality time with his grandparents, Schwartz was remembered for earning the respect and love of all kinds of people - "kids with little quirks and idiosyncrasies were his specialty," according to Schwartz's grandfather.


Ezra Schwartz killed in shooting attack in Gush Etzion

Nov 19, 2015 - Shadi Arafa, 24, of Hebron, was one of three people killed when a Palestinian terrorist opened fire with a submachine gun at cars in a traffic jam at the Alon Shvut junction, south of Jerusalem.

Shadi Arafa, who worked as a sales representative for the Palestinian cellular operator Al-Wataniya, was on his way home from work when he was killed in the attack at the Gush Etzion Junction. His body was transferred to the Al-Ahli hospital in Hebron, where he was buried.

Despite the fact that Arafa was killed by the gunfire of an Palestinian terrorist, official PA sources issued a statement claiming that he was killed by IDF forces. The terrorist was taken into custody by Border Police officers unharmed.


Hadar Buchris stabbed to death at Gush Etzion junction

Nov 22, 2015 - Hadar Buchris, 21, of Safed was fatally stabbed as she waited for a ride at a hitchhiking stop at the Gush Etzion junction.

Hadar Buchris was waiting for a ride to the Zohar College for Women in Bat Ayin, in the Gush Etzion bloc, when a Palestinian terrorist stabbed her multiple times in the head, heart area and chest. She was evacuated in critical condition to the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in nearby Jerusalem, where she was pronounced dead.

Originally, from Netanya, Hadar attended school in Safed and the Golan Heights, majoring in theater, before completing two years of national service working with children and youth, first at a moshav near Tiberias, then at Kibbutz Sde Eliahu in the Beit She'an valley.

After completing her national service, Hadar traveled around India for six months. She spent several weeks at the Habad House in Pushkar, and returned to Israel just two weeks ago, knowing that she wanted to study Torah. She immediately enrolled at the college for Torah studies in Bat Ayin and was planning to begin academic studies at the college next year.


Cpl. Ziv Mizrahi killed in stabbing attack on Route 443

Nov 23, 2015 - Cpl. Ziv Mizrahi, 18, of Givat Ze'ev was killed in a stabbing attack at the gas station on Route 443, the highway between Jerusalem and Modi'in.

Ziv Mizrahi enlisted in the IDF in September and completed a driver's course. As a driver in the Field Intelligence Corps, he arrived at the gas station on Route 443 alongside a female IDF officer as part of a mission to activate an observatory balloon covering an area that included Givat Ze'ev. He was involved in a light accident near the gas station and pulled over to exchange information with the other driver and to call his commander to report the crash. The Palestinian assailant fatally stabbed Mizrahi, who managed to open fire at the terrorist, saving the female officer who was lightly wounded in the attack.

Ziv Mizrahi, the youngest of of three children, lived with his family in Givat Ze'ev on Alon Street, named after his uncle, Alon Mizrahi, who was killed in the suicide attack at Cafe Hillel in Jerusalem in September 2003 - a security guard who died trying to prevent the suicide bomber entering the premises.

His friend Dor related that "Ziv had a great love for cars, and we would joke with him that he wants to be a truck driver because he plans to marry a car." Another friend said that he loved his military service: "Most of us enlisted in combat units and I joked with him that he was a pencil pusher, but he said that his job has a very high risk level, close to all the events." He was glad to be stationed near home, so he could help his mother.

Ziv's cousin described him as very modest, quiet and introverted, always ready to help. Friends described him as very witty, with a disarming smile, always at the center of things.

Ziv Mizrahi was posthumously promoted to the rank of Corporal. He was buried at the Mount Herzl Military Cemetery in Jerusalem. He is survived by his parents, Doron and Dafna, his brother Lidor and sister Eden.


Ofer Ben Ari killed outside Jaffa Gate

Dec 23, 2016 - Ofer Ben Ari, 46, of Jerusalem was hit by a stray bullet fired by two Border Police officers during a stabbing attack outside Jaffa Gate, at the entrance to the Old City of Jerusalem.

Shortly after 1 PM, two terrorists began stabbing passersby outside Jaffa Gate, at the entrance to the Old City of Jerusalem. Ofer Ben Ari saw the terrorists attack, and ran out of his car to try and stop them with his bare hands. Caught in the crossfire of the Border Police offficers, he was killed by a stray bullet. He was evacuated to Shaare Zedek Medical Center where he died of his wounds. "My father was a hero," said his daughter.

Ben Ari owned a recording studio in Jerusalem and for years would open it free of charge to distressed youth. He also provided temporary housing for the homeless in an underground property he owned.

Ofer Ben Ari was buried in the Givat Shaul cemetery in Jerusalem. He is survived by his wife Yifat and two daughters - Ofek, 18, and Gaia, 16.


Reuven Birmajer killed outside Jaffa Gate

Dec 23, 2016 - Rabbi Reuven (Eduardo) Birmajer, 45, of Kiryat Yearim/Telshe Stone was killed in a stabbing attack outside Jaffa Gate, at the entrance to the Old City of Jerusalem.

Rabbi Birmajer taught at the Esh Torah Yeshiva in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City. He had just passed through Jaffa Gate on his way home when he was attacked by two terrorists, suffering multiple stab wounds to the upper torso. He was evacuated to the Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries.

Born into a secular Jewish family in Argentina, he became Orthodox in his youth and five years ago immigrated to Israel with his family. Described as "a man full of joy and life," he joined the Esh Torah Yeshiva two years ago, where he taught in the Spanish department to students from South America. He was the brother of well-known Argentine Jewish author Marcelo Birmajer.

Rabbi Steve Berg, the Director General of Aish Hatorah, described Rabbi Birmajer as "a wonderful man and a beloved rabbi, who was loved by his students." He added, "His students would come into our yeshiva not even knowing the Hebrew alphabet. He was very patient and worked with them to bring them up to speed." Rabbi Birmajer served as a source of inspiration to them: "It is one thing to teach young men who come from a lifetime background of Jewish studies. It takes a special type of man to have the patience to work with students who come with no background."

Rabbi Reuven Birmajer was buried in the Givat Shaul cemetery in Jerusalem. He is survived by his wife Naomi and seven children, aged 2 to 18: Tzippi, Dov, Shuli, Bruria, Aharon, Tehila and Batya.


Gennady Kaufman

Dec. 30, 2015: Gennady Kaufman, 41, succumbed to wounds sustained in a knifing attack in Hebron on December 7, 2015.

Kaufman was a maintenance worker at the Tomb of the Patriarchs, and was waiting for his ride home when a Palestinian man attacked him with a knife. He sustained critical wounds and was rushed to the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem where he died three weeks later.

The assailant was shot dead by security forces

Kaufman, a resident of Kiryat Arba, is survived by his wife and two children.


Alon Bakal killed in Tel Aviv shooting

January 1, 2016: Alon Bakal, 26, of Karmiel, was one of two victims who were shot when an Israeli-Arab gunman opened fire on customers in the Simta Pub on Dizengoff Street in Tel Aviv.

Alon Bakal, the manager of the Simta pub, was on duty when the terrorist opened fire on the occupants of the pub on Friday afternoon. He was shot and killed.

Alon grew up in the northern city of Karmiel. He served in an elite unit of the Golani Brigade during his IDF service. A fourth-year student of law and business management in Netanya, he had moved to Tel Aviv three months ago, where he was due to start interning at a Tel Aviv law firm.

Alon was an avid fan of of the Hapoel Jerusalem basketball club. He also took an active part of the "Latet" volunteer organization. Friends described him as "idealistic to a fault, often leading his friends in conversation about how they could make a positive impact on society. Alon was deeply committed to helping everyone around him."

Alon Bakal was buried in his hometown of Karmiel. He is survived by his parents, David and Nitza, his brother Avi and sister Reut.


Shimon Ruimi killed in Tel Aviv shooting

January 1, 2016: Shimon (Shimi) Ruimi, 30, of Ofakim, was one of two victims who were shot when an Israeli-Arab gunman opened fire on customers in the Simta Pub on Dizengoff Street in Tel Aviv.

Shimi had come from his home in Ofakim, in the Negev, to celebrate his friend Ariel Nusbacher’s birthday, planning to spend the weekend in Tel Aviv. He, Ariel and another friend arrived at the pub before the others. Ariel asked Ruimi to join him for a cigarette outside the pub; after a few minutes, the terrorist attacked and Shimi was killed.

Shimi was the third of four children in the Ruimi family. He served in the army in the Golani Brigade, and was a civilian employee of the IDF.

Shimon Ruimi was buried in Ofakim. He is survived by his parents, Makluf and Iris, a brother and two sisters.


Amin Shaaban killed by Tel Aviv shooter

January 1, 2016: Amin Shaaban, 42, of Lod, was shot and killed by the terrorist who carried out the shooting attack on Tel Aviv’s Dizengoff Street in which Alon Bakal and Shimon Ruimi were murdered.

On Friday afternoon, Nashat Milhem, an Arab-Israeli citizen from Arara in northern Israel opened fire on the Simta Pub in Tel Aviv. Fleeing the scene, he entered the taxi driven by Amin Shaaban, a Bedouin Israeli from Lod, and then shot and killed him. His body was found in north Tel Aviv.

Amin was part of a large extended family, originally from the Negev, that settled in Lod 50 years ago. Himself one of 18 brothers and sisters from the same father and two mothers, Amin was the father of 12 children by three wives, the oldest 23 and the youngest just six months. His third wife Hiba is pregnant with another child.

A high school graduate, Amin worked hard to support his family, working 12 to 14 hours a day as a taxi driver. He was hoping to build a house for his oldest son so that he could marry.

The Lod municipality plans to dedicate a children's playground being built in a park near their home to Amin’s memory.

Amin Shaaban was buried in Lod. He is survived by his three wives - Zina, Saada and Hiba - his 12 children, his mother and siblings.


January 17, 2016: Dafna Meir, 38, of Otniel, was stabbed to death outside her home.

At about 5:30 in the afternoon, Dafna Meir was painting the front door to her home. Her eldest daughter, Renana, who heard her screams, ran to her aid, only to see the terrorist stab her mother repeatedly. She tried to fight off assailant, protecting the three children who were at home at the time. Renana screamed for help, and the terrorist fled. Dafna was prononced dead at the scene.

Dafna grew up in Rishon Lezion but at an early age was removed from her home by social services and placed in an institution and was later sent to the boarding school at Kibbutz Tirat Zvi. There she enjoyed the support of the Muati family, who became her "kibbutz family". Dafna completed high school in Kibbutz Tirat Zvi and served in the army, where she met her husband-to-be, Natan. After their marriage, they settled in Otniel.

In addition to their four biological children aged 11 to 17, Dafna and Natan fostered two young boys, aged 4 and 6. When she decided to get married, Dafna told her kibbutz mother Atara Muati that she set one condition: that no matter how many children they had, they, too, would foster other children. Her dream was to take in children who have nothing and to give them a good life.

Dafna worked as a nurse in the neurosurgery department of Soroka Medical Center in Beesheba. She was also a pre-marital counselor for brides. Dr. Ahmed Nasser, who worked alongside her at the hospital, described her as his "best friend" in the department, always helpful, encouraging everyone, treating all alike, whether Jewish or Arab. Dafna had been studying Arabic, telling Dr. Nasser that "we are neighbors and should speak the same language." "She was a happy woman, joyful, optimistic, driven, responsible, loving," related a neighbor. Everyone in the settlement who was in pain knew they could call her 24 hours a day."

Dafna had recently expressed her fears at the ongoing wave of terror, saying, "The situation is not easy and sometimes it feels like Russian roulette."

Dafna Meir was buried in the Givat Shaul cemetery in Jerusalem. She is survived by her husband Natan and their six children Renana, 17, Akiva, 15, Noa, 11, Ahava, 10, Yair, 6, Yaniv 4.


Shlomit Krigman killed in Beit Horon terror attack

Jan 25, 2016 - Shlomit Krigman, 24, of Shadmot Mehola in the Jordan Valley, was fatally injured when two terrorists armed with knives infiltrated the community of Beit Horon. She died of her wounds the following morning.

At about 5 p.m, two terrorists infiltrated the community and stabbed two women. A supermarket employee stopped them from entering the busy store, blocking the entrance with a shopping cart. A security guard shot and killed them. The terrorists, who apparently planned a combined attack using knives and explosives, were also carrying three pipe bombs. Shlomit Krigman, 23, of of Shadmot Mehola in the Jordan Valley, fatally injured, died of her wounds the next morning. The second victim is in moderate condition.

Shlomit was born in Beit Horon. Her family moved to Shadmot Mehola when she was an infant. Shlomit was well-known and liked in Beit Horon, where she had performed her National Service as a group leader for the Bnai Akiva youth group after completing her high school studies in Tiberias. She was spending time with her grandparents there when she was killed.

Shlomit recently completed her B.A. in industrial design at Ariel University, where for her final project she designed a mobile public library for bus stops that would bring people together to communicate within the urban framework. A friend described her as good-hearted, caring and very creative.

Shlomit Krigman was buried in the Givat Shaul cemetery in Jerusalem. She is survived by her parents, Yitzhak and Naama, and six brothers and sisters.


Hadar Cohen killed in Damascus Gate terror attack

Feb 3, 2016 - Border Police Cpl. Hadar Cohen, 19, of Or Yehuda was mortally wounded when three terrorists attacked Border Policemen at Damascus Gate in Jerusalem after they were asked for identification.

Hadar Cohen, the second of three children, completed high school in Or Yehuda and was determined to contribute significantly during her compulsory military service. She was recruited into the Border Police only two months ago, and sworn in less than a week ago. Still undergoing training, she had been posted to the Old City just last week, her first operational deployment.

"She really was a girl that everyone loved. She was a good and gorgeous girl, she achieved everything she wanted," said her aunt, Zehavit Cohen. She very much wanted to join the Border Police and dreamed of becoming a commander.

Hadar was part of a three-member squad patrolling the area outside Damascus Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem. They identified two suspects and asked them for identification, at which point one drew out a knife and began stabbing the one of the policewomen. Acting heroically, Hadar managed to shoot the assailant, saving the life of her friend. A third terrorist, previously unnoticed, opened fire with an automatic weapon, critically wounding Hadar. She was rushed to Hadassah Medical Center, where she later died of her wounds.

The border policewoman who was wounded in the attack said, "We are here to protect civilians. That is why we enlisted and that is why we're here. I have no doubt that Hadar, may she rest in peace, knew that, and that is why she behaved the way she did."

Border Police Cpl. Hadar Cohen was buried at the Yehud Military Cemetery. She is survived by her parents, Ofer and Sigalit, a brother and a sister.


Tuvia Yanai Weissman killed in supermarket stabbing

Feb 18, 2016 - Off-duty St.-Sgt. Tuvia Yanai Weissman, 21, of Ma'ale Mikhmas was killed while trying to stop two Palestinian teenage terrorists from stabbing shoppers at a Rami Levy supermarket in the Sha’ar Binyamin Industrial Zone, southeast of Ramallah in the West Bank.

St.-Sgt. Tuvia Yanai Weissman, a combat sergeant in the IDF’s Nahal Brigade, who had been on leave from the army for a week, was shopping with his wife and infant daughter, so that when he returned to the army on Sunday they would have everything they needed. He heard screams from a different aisle as the two 14-year-olds attacked shoppers with knives, and even though he was unarmed, ran to help and was mortally wounded.

The supermarket where he was killed, which employs both Israelis and Palestinians and is popular with both Israeli and Palestinian shoppers, has become a symbol of coexistence. It has been targeted several times since the current wave of terrorism began.

Yanai and Yael were childhood sweethearts, who married two years ago. After her husband was killed, Yael said: "If you had not raced to help, you would not be the Yanai that I know, the one I fell in love with." She added, "We were waiting for your release from the army. We had so many plans. To fly, to trek, to work, to study and most important of all, to be together."

Weissman was described by friends as a quiet, studious young man; an enthusiastic combat soldier; and a loving husband and father who attended high school in Jerusalem and a pre-military academy in Kfar Eldad, where he combined Torah study and preparation for the army. Rabbi Shmuel Natanzon of the Yedidya academy where Weissman studied eulogized him, saying, "We had many debates until the small hours of the night because you were a man of truth. You had doubts as to whether to go to a command role or continue in combat, I knew that you could be a role model and symbol."

US State Department deputy spokesman Mark Toner condemned the attack that killed Weissman, who also held US citizenship.

St.-Sgt. Tuvia Yanai Weissman was buried in Jerusalem’s Mount Herzl Military Cemetery. He is survived by his wife Yael, daughter Netta, aged 4 months, his parents and three siblings.


Maj. (res.) Eliav Gelman killed at Gush Etzion junction

Feb 24, 2016 - Maj. (res.) Eliav Gelman, 30, of Karmei Tzur, attempted to fire at a terrorist who charged at him with a knife at the Gush Etzion junction south of Jerusalem. He was mortally wounded by a bullet fired by IDF forces to neutralize the terrorist.

Shortly after noon, Gelman was on his way home after four days of reserve duty when a terrorist attacked him at a hitchhiking station at the Gush Etzion junction. Gelman managed to draw his weapon. Soldiers from an IDF unit securing the junction saw the terrorist armed with a knife charging at Gelman. They fired at the assailant, striking both him and Gelman. Mortally wounded, Gelman was pronounced dead at the hospital from a gunshot wound to the chest. He was posthumously elevated to the rank of Major.

Eliav grew up in Kiryat Arba, one of six siblings in the family, and studied at the Mekor Haim Yeshiva in the Etzion bloc. After his marriage to Rinat, he settled in Karmei Tzur, in the southern Etzion bloc. He served in the IDF as a paratrooper, becoming an officer. In 2014, Gelman took part in Operation Protective Edge. He later served in a unit that coordinates between the air force and ground forces, from which he was discharged several months ago with the rank of captain. He had begun studying development and training, with the aim of developing a civilian career.

Gelman’s brother Eyal described him as deeply religious, studying the Bible and Talmud every day. A neighbor related that even as a military man, the amount of time he would give his sons was extraordinary, and they were the envy of everyone around. After leaving active service, he spent every available moment with his two young sons.

Maj. (res.) Eliav Gelman was buried in the Kfar Etzion cemetery. He is survived by his wife Rinat, seven months pregnant, their two sons, Yair (5) and Yoav (2), parents David and Sarah, three brothers and two sisters.


Simha Dimri

March 19 2016 - Simha Dimri, 59, of Dimona, was one of three Israelis murdered in the terror attack in Istanbul, Turkey.

The suicide bomber identified the group of Israelis as they were entering a restaurant, followed them in and detonated his suicide vest. An additional eleven Israelis were injured in the blast. An Iranian citizen was also killed, and dozens more were injured.

The Ministry of Defense has recognized the 14 Israeli victims the terror attack in Istanbul as official victims of hostilities, after determining there is a reasonable basis for the belief that the attack was directed at Israelis.

Simha, together with her husband Avi, who was also wounded in the attack, were members of an organized tour to Istanbul, which was targeted by the terrorist.

Dimri, a prominent and much loved member of her community, was a retired kindergarten teacher and grandmother from the southern city. She was buried in the Dimona cemetery on Monday, 21 March 2016, and is survived by husband Avi, three sons, a daughter and five grandchildren.


Avraham Goldman

March 19 2016: Avraham Goldman, 69, of Herzliya, was one of three Israelis murdered in today’s terror attack in Istanbul, Turkey.

The suicide bomber identified the group of Israelis as they were entering a restaurant, followed them in and detonated his suicide vest. An additional eleven Israelis were injured in the blast. An Iranian citizen was also killed, and dozens more were injured.

The Ministry of Defense has recognized the 14 Israeli victims the terror attack in Istanbul as official victims of hostilities, after determining there is a reasonable basis for the belief that the attack was directed at Israelis.

Avraham (Avi), and his wife Nitza, who was also wounded in the attack, were members of an organized tour to Istanbul, which was targeted by the terrorist.

Goldman, who also held American citizenship, worked as a tour guide in Jerusalem where he led groups of VIPs and many foreign businessmen. He was laid to rest today in the Holon cemetery, and is survived by his wife Nitza, three children and eight grandchildren.


Yonatan Suher

March 19 2016 - Yonatan Suher, 40, of Tel Aviv, was one of three Israelis murdered in today’s ISIS terror attack in Istanbul, Turkey.

The suicide bomber identified the group of Israelis as they were entering a restaurant, followed them in and detonated his suicide vest. An additional eleven Israelis were injured in the blast. An Iranian citizen was also killed, and dozens more were injured.

The Ministry of Defense has recognized the 14 Israeli victims the terror attack in Istanbul as official victims of hostilities, after determining there is a reasonable basis for the belief that the attack was directed at Israelis.

Yonatan had travelled with his wife Inbal to Istanbul to celebrate his 40th birthday. Inbal was also injured in the attack.

Yonatan was born on Kibbutz Kvutzat Shiller, the first great-grandson of the founders. He served in the military police, graduated from law school and worked in the high-tech industry.

Yonatan was laid to rest today in the cemetery at Kibbutz Kvutzat Shiller. He is survived by his wife and their two children.


Ido Ben-Ari

June 8 2016 - Ido Ben Ari, 41, of Ramat Gan, was one of four victims of the terrorist attack that took place at the Sarona Market complex.

Ben-Ari was with his wife and two children (aged 14 and 16) at the restaurant at the time of the attack. His wife, who was also wounded, was taken to Ichilov Hospital.

Ido, a manager at the Coca Cola Company, served in the IDF’s elite Sayeret Matkal commando unit. He is survived by his wife, two children, parents and siblings.

His funeral took place on Thursday, 9 June 2016 at the Yavneh Cemetery.


Ilana Navaa

June 8 2016 - Ilana Navaa was one of four victims of the terrorist attack that took place at the Sarona Market complex in Tel Aviv.

Ilana Neve, 39, of Tel Aviv, was celebrating her birthday at the restaurant where the terrorist attack took place. She is survived by her husband Alon, four daughters and her parents.

Her funeral took place on Thursday, 9 June 2016 at the Yarkonim Cemetery


Michael Feige

June 8, 2016 - Dr. Michael Feige, 58, from Midreshet Ben Gurion, was one of four victims of the terrorist attack that took place in the Sarona Market complex in Tel Aviv

Dr. Feige, was a senior lecturer on sociology and anthropology at Ben Gurion University of the Negev.

Loved by all who knew him, he is survived by his wife Nurit and three children.


Mila Mishayev

June 8 2016 - Mila Mishiev, 33, of Rishon LeZion, was one of four victims of the terrorist attack that took place in the Sarona Market complex in Tel Aviv.

Engaged to be married, she was in the Sarona complex waiting for her fiancÚ to arrive when the terrorists opened fire. She was fatally wounded during the attack.

Survived by her parents, two brothers and a sister, she was laid to rest in her hometown, Ashkelon, on Friday, 10 June 2016


Michael "Miki" Mark

Jul 1 2016 - Rabbi Michael "Miki" Mark, 48, a father of 10 and the director-general of the Otniel Yeshiva, was killed by a Palestinian gunman as he drove on Route 60 in the South Hebron Hills near the Aduraim Junction.

The rain of bullets against the vehicle Rabbi Mark was driving caused it to overturn. His wife and two of his children, ages 14 and 15, who were with him in the car at the time, were also wounded in the incident.

Aduraim Junction is located about 15 kilometers from Kiryat Arba, where on the previous day (Thursday, 30 June 2016) a Palestinian terrorist infiltrated the home of 13-year-old Hallel Yaffa Ariel, and stabbed her to death while she was asleep in her bed.

Rabbi Michael "Miki" Mark was laid to rest on Sunday (3 July 2016) at the Har Hamenuhot cemetery in Jerusalem.


Levana Malichi

October 9 2016 - Retired Knesset worker and grandmother Levana Malichi, 60, of Jerusalem was shot and killed in a terror attack perpetrated by a Palestinian terrorist near Ammunition Hill in Jerusalem.

Malichi was waiting at the Ammunition Hill light rail stop when the terrorist opened fire. She was critically injured in the attack and was evacuated to Jerusalem's Hadassah University Hospital, Mt. Scopus, where she was pronounced dead.

Malichi worked in the Knesset for over 30 years, until her retirement in 2010. Longtime workers in the Knesset said they remembered her as beloved by all, dedicated, caring and modest.

Her funeral took place on Sunday (October 9) at the Givat Shaul cemetery. She is survived by her husband, three children and six grandchildren.


Yosef Kirma

October 9 2016 - Sgt. Yosef Kirma, 29, was critically wounded in the exchange of fire during the pursuit of the Palestinian terrorist who perpetrated a terror attack near Ammunition Hill in Jerusalem.

Kirma joined the Israel Police four years ago, and was a member of the elite Special Patrol Unit (Yassam.) Critically wounded during his pursuit of the terrorist, he was evacuated to Jerusalem's Hadassah University Hospital, Mt. Scopus, where he was pronounced dead.

Kirma was a resident of the Jerusalem suburb Mevasseret Zion. He was laid to rest on Sunday afternoon (October 9) in the police section of the Mt. Herzl cemetery. He is survived by his wife of five months, parents and two brothers. He was posthumously promoted to the rank of first sergeant. Kirma had been decorated previously after helping to stop a terror attack in December 2015.

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