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Wednesday, August 20, 2003

(AFP/Yoav Lemmer) The body of 11-month-old Shmuel Zargari is carried to his grave in Jerusalem. The child was murdered yesterday by a Palestinian terrorist. Only his brother, Michael, 12 years old, could attend the funeral. The rest of the immediate family is hospitalized: his parents and 6-year-old sister Ester critically wounded, and sister Avigail, two and a half years old, lightly wounded.

May we all soon be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem, and live to see the day when G-d will wipe away the tears from every face (Isaiah 25:8).
As of Wednesday afternoon, 15 of the 20 victims of last night's horrific bus bombing in Jerusalem have been identified:

* Lilach Kardi, 22, of Jerusalem. Lilach was in the ninth month of pregnancy and left behind a 1-year-old son. She moved to Jerusalem three years ago from Netanya, where she met and married Shmuel Kardi. Six years ago, she lost her father in a motor vehicle accident and not too long after, her mother died of illness. She then accepted responsibility for raising and caring for her younger brother. Friends explain she was a "regular" at the Western Wall, frequently visiting the holy site to pray there.

* Rabbi Shalom Mordechai Reinitz, of Netanya, was murdered together with his son, Yissaschar Dov.

* Elisheva Meshulami, of Jerusalem. Elisheva is the daughter of the well-known rabbi, Meshulam Meshulami.

* Rabbi Chanoch Segal, of B’nei Brak. Rabbi Segal was among the leading educators in B’nei Brak. He taught at the "Torat Emet" Talmud Torah.

* Menachem Leibel, 24, of Jerusalem. Born and raised in Jerusalem, Menachem visited the Western Wall daily. He was known for reaching out, always assisting volunteer charity organizations whenever possible, always concerned with the well-being of others. Menachem is survived by five brothers, a sister, and his parents.

* The baby Shmuel Zargari, of Jerusalem. Even as funeral arrangements were finalized for eleven-month-old Shmuel, his mother Na’avah was recovering from emergency surgery. She remains in serious condition in Hadassah Hospital. Shmuel’s father, Yaakov, was hospitalized in intensive care. The couple’s daughter Ester, 6 years old, was also in intensive care as a result of injuries sustained in the bombing. While another daughter, Abigail, age 2, is listed in light condition.

* Rabbi Eliezer Weissfish, 42, from Jerusalem.

* Miriam Eisenstein, 21, of Bnei Brak.

* Chava Rechnitzer, of Bnei Brak. She was a new bride.

* Rabbi Shmuel Volner, of Jerusalem.

* Yaakov Binder, 50, of Jerusalem.

* Binyamin Bergman, of Jerusalem.

Two other victims have been positively identified, but the families requested anonymity, according to Jerusalem police.

Chief Pathologist Professor Yehuda Hiss explained that the identification process is particularly difficult, as the bodies were badly mutilated by the powerful blast in the enclosed bus. Six of those murdered, including a month-old infant, are children. Eleven of the dead are men and nine are women, including an American mother of thirteen who was visiting Israel.

Of the fifty victims of the Jerusalem suicide bombing still hospitalized as of this morning, two are listed in very critical condition, while nine others are seriously injured. Approximately 40 children, including an unidentified one-month-old infant and an 18-month-old baby girl, are among the wounded. Passengers on a bus in front of the bus that the terrorist boarded, as well as a car in back of it, were also injured. Arutz Sheva