Daily Israel Report

The Five Lives Cut Short by Arab Terror in Netanya

One was guarding the mall. The others were doing their shopping. All were killed by an Arab bomber because they were Jews living in the land of Israel.
By Scott Shiloh
First Publish: 12/6/2005, 2:04 PM / Last Update: 12/6/2005, 2:16 PM

The lives of five innocent people were cut short by an Arab suicide bomber on Monday at the entrance to the Sharon shopping mall in Netanya. Another fifty were wounded in the attack, some critically.

At 11:30 in the morning, a female police officer and passersby identified a man approaching the Sharon Mall in Netanya as a suicide bomber, and shouted out warnings.

The security guards stopped the man, pushing him up against the wall, and nearby police officers rushed to help. At that point, the bomber detonated the explosives he had in his bag.

The Islamic Jihad terror group took credit for the devastation.

These are the stories of the five Jewish men and women of valor who were murdered in this attack:

Haim Amram, 26, of Netanya

Haim Amram had worked as a security guard at the Sharon Mall for the past three years and was also on duty during the suicide bombing there four months ago. His cousin, Lior Golan, said Monday night that Haim loved his job, despite the low pay, and had worked as a security guard since completing his military service in the Israel Air Force. Before the Sharon Mall, he had worked in Ra'anana.

"He was an incredible person. Very quiet and humble, he wanted to study psychology. He wanted to save everyone, and that's how he was killed. There's no doubt this is a hero's death," Lior said.

Haim attended Sinai Elementary School in Netanya and then a yeshiva high school. He liked to work out at the Wingate Institute gym, and recently bought a motorcycle. He was hoping to study psychology after completing his matriculation exams for university. 

Haim had proposed to his girlfriend. The two planned on marrying at the start of the summer and to travel abroad.

Haim Amram was buried in Netanya. He is survived by his parents, Esther and David, and three siblings - Vicky, Guy and Keren. 


Alexandra Garmitzky, 65, of Netanya

Alexandra Garmitzky and her husband Vichislav had only one child. Dr. Andrei Garmitzky is a urologist at the Hillel Yafeh Medical Center in Hadera. As soon as he heard about the bombing at the Sharon Mall in Netanya, he telephoned his mother, knowing that she often went shopping there. 

When he failed to reach her, he hurried to the emergency room at his hospital to look for her among the wounded. He identified her body at the Institute of Forensic Medicine at Abu Kabir.

Alexandra and her husband immigrated to Israel eight years ago from Ukraine, where she worked as a bookkeeper. On Monday morning she went out on an errands to the local National Insurance Institute branch, and later stopped in to do some shopping at the Sharon Mall.

Alexandra Garmitzky will be buried in the cemetery at Kibbutz Bahan. She is survived by her husband Vichislav, and only son, Andrei, 41.


Daniel Golan, 45, of Nahariya

Daniel Golani was the owner of a chain of clothing stores called 35th Ave and was a well-known figure in Nahariya. He was in Netanya Monday to finalize a rental agreement for a store in Sharon mall. His friend of 25 years and business partner, David Barak, spoke with Golani minutes before the blast.

"He really happy and told me he had closed the rental deal. Apparently he accompanied a friend who was with him to the mall entrance and a few minutes later the blast occured," Barak said.

Dani Golani was originally from Netanya and settled in Nahariya 16 years ago. He was involved in local politics and was supposed to supervise several polling booths in his neighborhood on behalf of Ron Frumer's campaign headquarters in the upcoming municipal elections.

"Dani was a wonderful person," said Zion Lankri, a Nahariya local council member, who was friends with Golani for nearly 18 years. "It was hard to separate him from his smile. He loved to live, and loved his family. This was a person one could always trust and turn to during difficult times. He was a rock. He wasn't scared of anything."

David Rosen, also a member of the Nahariya local council, said that Golani would help the needy, and could always be trusted to come to the aide of those who needed it.

Daniel Golani will be buried in his home town of Netanya. He is survived by his wife Ronit, and their two daughters - Shir, 17, and Raz, 14.


Elia Rosen, 38, of Bat Hefer

Elia Rosen had gone with a friend to the Sharon Mall to shop for clothes. A psychologist by training,  she was due to start a new job next week as a project manager at Comverse, a hi-tech firm.

Elia was born and raised in Ramat Aviv, and attended the Alliance High School there. She later received a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's in education. Before her career change, she diagnosed learning disabilities in teenagers and young adults.

Eight years ago, the Rosen family had moved to moshav Bat Hefer. Her husband Gadi said she had never expressed any concerns about the security situation and felt completely comfortable living close to the seam line. She always thought traffic accidents posed a greater threat than the security situation.

Elia Rosen will be buried in the cemetery at Kibbutz Bahad. She is survived by her husband Gadi, 41, and their three children - sons Ro'i, 5, and Gal, 12, and a 10-year-old daughter, Noam.


Keinan Tsuami, 20, of Petah Tikva

Keinan Tsuami was killed several minutes after completing his shopping at the Sharon Mall, where he had gone with a childhood friend.  They were already at the exit, when the friend realized he had forgotten something inside. Handing Keinan his jacket to hold, he went back indoors.

Keinan, who remained outside, was killed in the blast. When his friend managed to exit the mall later, he found only his own jacket lying on the ground.

The youngest in the family, Keinan attended Feinstein Junior High and graduated from the Ankori High School in Hod Hasharon. "There are no words to describe Keinan. He was a happy kid, a soulful child with a love of life," said a friend. His uncle, Moshe Tsuami, said that his nephew had postponed his enlistment into the IDF in order to help his father in the family carpentry shop.

Lilach, Keinan's girlfriend, is unable to believe what has happened: "We celebrated his birthday just a month ago, all the signs are sill in his room, the teddy bear is still in the room. We were together for a year, I don't really understand how he left me like this. I don't believe it, my poor Keinan. Everyone told him to be careful of motorcycles - and in the end, this is what happened."

Keinan Tsuami will be buried in the Segula Cemetery in Petah Tikva. He is survived by his parents, Shmuel and Mazal, and two older brothers, Lior and Ohad.