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Friday, October 31, 2003

The Jewish response to terror

Remembering Dr. Applebaum by bringing 10 doctors to Israel
Arutz Sheva:
Nefesh B'Nefesh and "Friends of Dr. David Applebaum" have announced the formation of the Applebaum Fellowship, which will sponsor the Aliyah of ten physicians to Israel during the summer of 2004.

Nefesh B'Nefesh- Jewish Souls United - is an organization dedicated to revitalizing North American Aliyah (immigration to Israel), while "Friends of Dr. David Applebaum" was formed after the murder of Dr. Applebaum and his daughter Naava in the Cafe Hillel terrorist attack in Jerusalem on September 9, 2003.

Dr. Applebaum was the director of Emergency Services at Shaarei Tzedek Hospital in Jerusalem and the founder of TEREM, a successful emergency medical care system that he both initiated and developed throughout Israel. His daughter Naava, who worked with cancer patients as part of her National Service, was talking with her father at Cafe Hillel the day before she was to be married.

The fellowship will involve a dollar-for-dollar matching sponsorship of over $180,000, which will be used to provide grants to subsidize the permanent move of ten doctors to Israel. Preference will be given to doctors with expertise in the field of emergency medicine. Partners of Israel Seed, a venture capital firm in Jerusalem, initiated the Applebaum Fellowship. United Israel Appeal - Canada has also been instrumental in facilitating the fellowship.

Dead Jews Again: Stories from Cafe Hillel by Harvey Tannenbaum
David Daniel Abizdris, 51, told his wife Hadas that he would like to take her out to the new Cafe Hillel on Emek Refaim. Their eldest son had just passed his IDF officer's course successfully. David and Hadas' twin boys, 11, were doing very well in their first week of school. The couple ate, drank, and paid the bill. Hadas was outside the restaurant, when her husband, David decided to add to his tip and go back in the restaurant. The terrorist had just run in to blow himself up. Hadas was unhurt and David was killed instantly inside Cafe Hillel. David had just completed the building of their new home in Mevaseeret with his own hands and crew for the last 9months. David is survived by his wife, Hadas, his mother, the twins, and his officer son in the IDF.

Gila Moshe, 40, warned her children on Sunday not to go to the Malcha Malls for fear of terrorist attacks on the malls. Gila and her best friend went to see Boaz Sharabi in concert at the Jerusalem Theater on Tuesday night. As would most people around the world, after a theater show, one would stop at a cafe for coffee and cake. Boaz Moshe, her husband, was home doing homework with their two children, aged 12 and 14 who had been 'forbidden' to go to malls. Gila Moshe, on a ladies' night out, was killed in Cafe Hillel by the terrorist's bomb which he made during Camp Hudna.

Amil Tobol, 52, was widowed 12years ago. Amil raised his three children as a proud father under the conditions of a widower who was also working 8hours a day as a kablan(contractor). Amil met Osnat two years ago and remarried her. Amil and Osnat became parents only last year. Amil went to Cafe Hillel to meet his brother for a coffe and dessert. Amil's brother could not make it at the last minute, so he drank his coffee and ordered take out for his wife. Amil was murdered while waiting for the takeout food for his wife. Today Osnat is a widow to raise Amil's three children and their new baby son.

Shafik Karem, 27, an eldest son of a Roman Catholic Jerusalem family from Beit Hanina began working as a waiter in Cafe Hillel last month. Tomorrow Shafik was to have brought home his first paycheck. Shafik had become good friends with Alon Mizrahi, the security guard at Cafe Hillel last year. Alon had recommended this devout Catholic to work in Cafe Hillel. Shafik, a Catholic, was murdered at work by an Arab Muslim(sic)

Alon Mizrahi, 22, was discharged from the IAF three months ago. Alon began to work at Cafe Hillel as a security guard. Alon was raised amongst 6brothers in Geula. Alon was the guard who blocked the terrorist from full entry into Cafe Hillel. The police told his father that the other 30 patrons inside the Cafe were saved by Alon Mizrahi who stopped the terrorist from his full attack. Alon was buried yesterday not too far from Dr. David Appelbaum and daughter, Nava's burial sites. This hero who saved 30 lives of the Cafe as a guard is near the heroes of chesed who saved lives every day in their duties.