- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 11, 2002


The following is a list of 32 American citizens killed since Israeli-Palestinian fighting broke out on Sept. 28, 2000. Most died in Palestinian attacks or in combat as soldiers in the Israeli military. One was a Palestinian American.

•Hillel Lieberman, 37, a rabbi born in the New York City borough of Brooklyn who taught at a seminary at Joseph's Tomb in Nablus, was found slain in a West Bank cave on Oct. 8, 2000.

•Esh Kodesh Gilmore, 25, son of American immigrants, was shot dead on Oct. 30, 2000, while on duty as a security guard in Jerusalem.

•Gavriel Biton, a teacher, was killed in a roadside bomb attack on a school bus near a Jewish settlement in the Gaza Strip on Nov. 20, 2000.

•Binyamin Kahane, the American-born militant settler son of the assassinated Rabbi Meir Kahane. He was slain with his wife, Talia, in a roadside ambush on Dec. 31, 2000. Talia Kahane, born in New York City, immigrated to Israel as a child.

•Koby Mandell, 13, from College Park, Md., was bludgeoned to death with a friend while hiking near their homes in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Tekoa on May 8, 2001.

•Sara Blaustein, 53, from Lawrence, N.Y., moved to Israel in August 2000, just before fighting began. She died in a roadside shooting on May 29, 2001.

•Yehuda Shoham, 5 months old, died June 11, 2001, six days after a stone was thrown at his family's car, striking him in the head and knocking him unconscious.

•Judith Greenbaum, 31, a schoolteacher from Passaic, N.J., died in a suicide bombing at a Sbarro pizzeria in Jerusalem on Aug. 9, 2001.

•Malka Roth, 15, daughter of immigrants from New York, died in the Sbarro pizzeria bombing.

•Shoshana Ben-Yishai, 16, born in New York, was killed in a shooting attack on a bus in the French Hill neighborhood of Jerusalem on Nov. 4, 2001.

•Avi Boaz, a 71-year-old Brooklyn-born architect, was shot dead by Palestinian militiamen on Jan. 15.

•Aharon Ben-Israel Ellis, 32, a member of a community of black Hebrew Israelites from Chicago, was shot dead by a Palestinian while singing at a bar mitzvah in the town of Hadera on Jan. 17.

•Moranne Amit, 25, a law student, was stabbed to death by four Palestinian teenagers on a promenade in Jerusalem on Feb. 8.

•Staff Sgt. Lee Nahman-Akunis, a 20-year-old paratrooper, was shot dead by Palestinian gunmen at a military roadblock outside the village of Surda, north of Ramallah, on Feb. 15.

•Keren Shatsky, 15, daughter of American immigrants, died in a suicide bombing at a pizzeria in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Karnei Shomron on Feb. 16.

•Rachel Thaler, 16, died Feb. 27 of injuries sustained in the same pizzeria suicide bombing.

•Esther Kleiman, 23, daughter of immigrants from Chicago and a special-education teacher, was shot dead in a shooting attack on a bus on March 24.

•Suraida Saleh, 21, a Palestinian American, was shot dead by Israeli soldiers on March 29 in Ramallah, at the start of a major Israeli military offensive.

•Hannah Rogen, 89, an immigrant from the New York City borough of the Bronx, died on April 2 of wounds suffered in a suicide bomb attack on a hotel in Netanya on the eve of the Jewish Passover holiday.

The four American citizens killed in battles at the Jenin refugee camp in the northern West Bank during a major Israeli military offensive:

•Sgt. Merom Fisher, 19, who died on April 5.

•Sgt. Matanya Robinson, 21, who was ambushed and killed on April 8 by Palestinian fighters.

•Sgt. Shmuel Weiss, a 19-year-old army medic, who was shot and killed in the same ambush.

•Staff Sgt. Gedaliah Mellick, 21, who died on April 9 when a Palestinian sniper shot a grenade he was carrying, triggering an explosion.


•Moses Gothlieb, 70, from Los Angeles, was killed June 18 in a bomb attack on a bus in Gilo, a Jewish neighborhood built on land annexed to Jerusalem.

•Gila Kessler, 19, was killed June 19 in a suicide bomb attack on a bus in Jerusalem.

•Capt. Haim Lev, a 24-year-old soldier, was killed July 10 by a Palestinian sniper while searching for weapons-smuggling tunnels in Rafah, a town along the border between Gaza and Egypt.

The five Americans killed in a July 31 bombing of a cafeteria at Jerusalem's Hebrew University:

•Marla Bennett, 24, from San Diego.

•Benjamin Blutstein, 25, from Susquehanna Township, Penn.

•Janis Coulter, 36, from New York City.

•David Gritz, 24, from Peru, Mass.

•Dina Carter, 38, from Greensboro, N.C.

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