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Monday, March 15, 2004

Ashdod: They R Us

More murdered Jews. We cannot bear it, nor can we seem to stop it. We can only learn their names and know that they are us, our mothers and fathers, our sisters and brothers, our bubbies and zaydes. Their children are our children.
Pinchas Avraham Zilberman, 46, from Tel Aviv.

Moshe Hendler, 29, of Rehovot, is survived by his wife and six-month-old daughter. The terrorist asked him for a drink of water, and, in his last act, Moshe gave it to him. He will be buried at 4:45 PM in Rehovot.

Ophir Damari, 31, of Rehovot, was a workshop mechanic. He was married and had two children a 2-year old daughter and a 7-month old son. He will be buried at 3:15 PM at the Marmurek cemetery.

Avi Suissa, 55, from Kiryat Malachi, was a warehouse manager. He left behind a wife and six children, his daughter in her ninth month of pregnancy. His funeral procession will leave the Vaknin Synagogue at 4 PM. A former member of the Kiryat Malachi town council, Mayor Moti Malka said that he met with Suissa a few days ago, and that Suissa said, "I'm willing to volunteer for any public cause - just call me."

Mazal Marciano, 30, from Ashdod, was a mother of two small children. She worked at a meat-marketing firm in the port as an office administrator. She will be buried at 2 PM at the Ashdod cemetery.

Maurice Tubol, 30, from Ashdod - childhood classmate of Mazal Marciano, he was about to purchase an apartment of his own. Survived by his mother and three brothers.

Tzion Dahan, 30, Ashdod was a second-generation port worker who operated heavy machinery. He was married and had a six-month old daughter. Six months ago, he narrowly escaped death when a cable snapped loose barely missing his face. He will be buried at 4:15 PM at the Ashdod cemetery.

Dani Asulin, 51, Ashdod - survived by wife Negba, two children, and one grandson. A 30-year veteran of the port, he had just returned from a two-week mechanical equipment course in Germany, and was about to leave for another course in Finland.

Avi Avraham, 34, Ashdod - married just four months ago. His wife, Etti, heard about the bombing from Avraham's sister and tried to raise him on his cellphone, but to no avail. He will be buried at the Kara'ite cemetery in Ashdod Monday at 2:45 PM.

Gil Abutbul, 31, from Ashdod, was a crane mechanic. He was married and had two children. Friends say he was continuously smiling and willing to help others. He will be buried at 5 PM at the Ashdod cemetery.
Ten dead, at least seven spouses widowed, sixteen children bereft of a parent, a grandchild and one on the way will not have their grandfathers. Sixteen people were wounded; ten remain in the hospital, one woman in serious condition.

According to Hizbullah TV, the attacks were perpetrated by HAMAS with the FATAH. The two bombers, may their names be erased, were 11th-graders.

Maariv reported Palestinian celebrations:
Palestinians hit the streets in celebration across the West Bank. . . scores of well-wishers rushed to mourning tents set up at the villages where the two suicide bombers hailed from. Scenes of jubilation were also seen in Palestinian cities, most notably Jenin, where candy was handed out to passerby on the streets as shots were fired in celebration.
According to Arutz Sheva, the Channel Two report emphasized that the announcement from FATAH, claiming responsibility, termed Ashdod as "occupied territory." Look at a map, folks, and let me remind you of what master terrorist Yasser Arafat said in an interview thirty years ago:
"We don't want peace. We want war, victory. Peace for us means the destruction of Israel and nothing else. . . the purpose of this violence is to liquidate Zionism in all its political, economic and military forms, and to drive it out of Palestine forever. . . We will fight until victory. Decades if necessary. Generations."
May all those who grieve be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem. . .