Monday, September 20, 2010

Itamar's Martyrs and Heros

Itamar has suffered more than its share of tragedy at the hands of terrorism.  Fourteen of Itamar's citizens have been murdered.  Many more have been attacked and maimed - physically and emotionally.  On this page you will be able to read the stories of many of Itamar's Martyrs and Heros. 

This page by no means is exhaustive but will attempt tell the story of how terrorism has affected the lives of every person on Itamar.  It will also tell the tale of heroism and courage and G-d's victory and recompense as lives are rebuilt to His Glory. 

The people of Itamar have not let terrorism deter them from their commitment to claim the land that was promised to them by G-d thousands of years ago.  The terrorism has only increased their determination to dig their heels in and say - THIS LAND IS OURS!

Follow the links to read the story of each of Itamar's martyrs. 
You will discover the heart of each of them and how they impacted
their community and the land of Israel. 
The tragedy of each lost one is heartbreaking.  
The familes mourn their loss and express their grief but
trust in the goodness of their G-d
and offer their sacrifice of forgiveness to sanctify His Name.

2001 Martyrs

Arieh Arnaldo Leon Agranionic  Murdered May 8, 2001
Arieh Arnaldo Leon Agranionic was murdered by terrorists as he guarded the Binyamin farm, a lonely outpost on an isolated hilltop 7.5 kilometers east of Itamar in Samaria
Father of three children.

Gilad Zar   Murdered May 29, 2001
A founder of Itamar and security officer was ambushed then shot from a distance by gunmen who then fired at least two full magazines of ammunition into the car.
Married and father of eight children

Meir Lixenberg  Murdered August 27. 2001
Shot to death on his way home from work. Head of security for the four Shechem-area communities Brachah, Itamar, Yitzhar, and Elon Moreh], and  involved in arranging programs for bringing families to visit and to live in Shechem communities.
Married and father of five children

2002 Martyrs and Heros
Nitaniel, Gilad, Avi
Nitaniel, Gilad, Avi  Murdered May 28, 2002
Terrorists shot two Itamar yeshiva students as they were playing basketball outside their school   and then entered the building and shot three others, one of whom also died.

Rachel, Nerya (15), Tzvika (12), and Avishai (5) Shabo
Murdered  June 20, 2002
A Palestinian terrorist broke into the Shabo home and deliberately murdered a mother and three of her young children, as well as wounding two of the family's other kids and a neighbor who tried to help.

The Shabo Family
(from above right)- Rachel [killed], Avishai [killed], Boaz, Meir, Yariv
(bottom)- Avia [wounded], Tzvika [killed], Asael [wounded], Neria [killed], Atara

Yosef Twito  Murdered June 20, 2002
The head of Itamar's emergency security squad, Yosef Twito rushed to respond to the terrorist attack on the Shabo family.
Married and father of 5 children.

Matan Zagron Murdered October 27,2002
Matan was a 22 year old soldier when he encountered a suicide bomber at the soldiers bus-stop near the gas station of Ariel in the Shomron. There, he rushed forward to prevent the attack, sacrificing his own life to save his comrades.

Orna and David Mimran  Attacked July 30, 2002
The couple awoke when the Arab entered their bedroom, and a struggle ensured.  During the encounter the Mimrans managed to kill the terrorist with his own knives, but not before David was stabbed in the chest and arm.

2004 Martyr

Shlomo Miller  Murdered August 13, 2004
Shlomo became Itamar's security officer after the death of Yosef Twito and was murdered as he responded to a Friday morning attack when a PA para-military police officer approached the back gate of Itamar and opened fire at two Israelis standing nearby
Married and father of seven children

2006 Martyr

Eliyahu Asheri   Murdered 25, 2006 
Itamar's 14th Casualty
18 year old Eliyahu Asheri was shot in the head at close range shortly after
he was abducted by Arab terrorists while waiting for a ride back to his pre-military academy.  His body was buried under loose dirt was found near Ramallah.

Mourner's Kaddish
Yit'gadal v'yit'kadash sh'mei raba (Cong: Amein).
May His great Name grow exalted and sanctified (`Cong: Amen.)
b'al'ma di v'ra khir'utei
in the world that He created as He willed.
v'yam'likh mal'khutei b'chayeikhon uv'yomeikhon
May He give reign to His kingship in your lifetimes and in your days,
uv'chayei d'khol beit yis'ra'eil
and in the lifetimes of the entire Family of Israel,
ba'agala uviz'man kariv v'im'ru:
swiftly and soon. Now say:
(Mourners and Congregation:)
Amein. Y'hei sh'mei raba m'varakh l'alam ul'al'mei al'maya
(Amen. May His great Name be blessed forever and ever.)
Yit'barakh v'yish'tabach v'yit'pa'ar v'yit'romam v'yit'nasei
Blessed, praised, glorified, exalted, extolled,
v'yit'hadar v'yit'aleh v'yit'halal sh'mei d'kud'sha
mighty, upraised, and lauded be the Name of the Holy One
(Mourners and Congregation:)
B'rikh hu.
Blessed is He.
l'eila min kol bir'khata v'shirata
beyond any blessing and song,
toosh'b'chatah v'nechematah, da'ameeran b'al'mah, v'eemru:
praise and consolation that are uttered in the world. Now say:
(Mourners and Congregation:)
Y'hei sh'lama raba min sh'maya
May there be abundant peace from Heaven
v'chayim aleinu v'al kol yis'ra'eil v'im'ru
and life upon us and upon all Israel. Now say:
(Mourners and Congregation:)
Oseh shalom bim'romav hu ya'aseh shalom
He Who makes peace in His heights, may He make peace,
aleinu v'al kol Yis'ra'eil v'im'ru
upon us and upon all Israel. Now say:
(Mourners and Congregation:)

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