Rachel Thaler, 16, and other victims

February 27, 2002

Rachel Thaler, 16, of Karnei Shomron, died today from wounds she suffered in the Palestinian terror bombing at a crowded pizzeria 10 days ago, Israel Radio reported. She had been fighting for her life at the Schneider Children's Medical Center in Petah Tikva.

This brings to three the total number of teenagers killed in the attack in Karnei Shomron, 24 miles north east of Tel Aviv. One 15-year-old Israeli boy, and an Israeli girl, Keren Shatsky, who was out buying a pizza with friends to celebrate her 14th birthday, were killed outright when the suicide bomber detonated his bomb.

[Please see the article The Forgetten Rachels, which was written over two years later and concerns Rachel Thaler, among others.]

-- Tom Gross



February 27, 2002

Galit Arviv, 21, wounded in Monday night's terrorist attack in Jerusalem's Neveh Ya'acov neighborhood, died early yesterday in Hadassah-University Hospital, Mount Scopus. Arviv was buried in her hometown of Nesher, outside of Haifa. Nine other Israelis shot in that attack remain hospitalized. Two are in very serious condition.



February 27, 2002

A Palestinian man shot and killed his Israeli employer, Gad Rejwan, 34, early this morning in northern Jerusalem's Atarot industrial area. Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat's Fatah faction took responsibility for the killing. The gunman escaped into PA-controlled Ramallah. Rejwan leaves behind a wife and daughter.

The owners of the factory said they intended to keep the plant open despite the killing, and invited the remaining Palestinian employees to return to work tomorrow.

[Tom Gross adds: This article appeared the day after the above dispatch.]


Karnei Shomron suicide bombing victim dies
By Margot Dudkevitch
The Jerusalem Post
February 28, 2002

Rachel Thaler, 16, died yesterday of wounds suffered in the Karnei Shomron suicide bombing 12 days ago, in which Keren Shatsky and Nehemia Amar were killed.

She will be buried this afternoon in Karnei Shomron.

Suffering from serious wounds to the head and back and burns on her face and hands, she never regained consciousness, Vered Cohen, a family friend and neighbor, said.

"We know that she called out for help minutes after the attack and then she fainted and never spoke again. Yesterday she was exactly 16 and one month," Cohen said.

The family donated her organs for transplants.

"Rachel was a happy child, always surrounded by friends. She often enjoyed meeting them at the local commercial center, a popular meeting place for the children and youths," Cohen said, adding she studied at the ulpana in Dolev.

Rachel's brother Lior, 14, was also seriously wounded, but his condition has improved greatly, Cohen said.

Following the bombing, they were taken to different Petah Tikva hospitals, Lior to the Rabin Medical Center-Beilinson Campus and Rachel to the nearby Schneider Children's Medical Center for Israel, she said. Only after Lior's condition improved was he transferred to the same hospital as his sister.

Rachel was the oldest of the family's three children; the youngest is Zvi, 13. Her parents Ginette, from England, and Michael, from the US, moved to the Ginot Shomron neighborhood five years ago, and were divorced three years later, Cohen said.

"Michael moved back to the US, and Ginette remained here with the children. It hasn't been easy for her. Not long ago, Ginette discussed the possibility of moving to the US. Rachel came to me and asked me to persuade her mother to remain," Cohen said.

Since the attack, community residents took turns helping at the hospital or assisting the family wherever possible. Michael and Ginette's family also came to help out.

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