The slaughter in the Atzmona study hall
Five teenagers murdered while studying Torah
On the evening of March 7, 2002, a terrorist stole into the educational
center in Atzmona, Gush Katif, where boys study for a year after their
graduation from high school, before joining the army. He entered the
study hall, where about 40 students were studying the laws of Passover,
and began spraying them with bullets and throwing grenades.From
there, he moved to a dormitory room. Five students were killed and
many others wounded.
Tal Kurzweil, 18,
of Bnei Brak,was a bookworm,said his father.
He was very intelligent, interested in a wide range of subjects and was
very humane and moderate in his views. He was deeply concerned by
the ethical issues raised by the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the suffering
on both sides touched him deeply.
Asher Markus, 18,
of Jerusalem,went to the Atzmona academy
to study Torah because he wanted to be a better Jew, said those who
knew him. “He had a heart of gold and excelled at charity work.”
Arik Krogliak, 18,
of Beit El, volunteered whenever he could at
Magen David Adom. His friends especially remembered his constant
smile and willingness to help anyone in need of assistance.
Ariel Zana, 18,
of Jerusalem,lived in the Gilo neighborhood in
Jerusalem, a constant target of Palestinian sniper fire from the
Bethlehem area.Ariel and Eran Picard were best friends and the two
were always together. “When we were told that Eran had been killed,
we immediately understood that Ariel was probably also dead,” said his
Eran Picard, 19,
of Jerusalem, considered becoming a doctor like
both of his parents. In the many months of terror attacks, his father
treated a number of the victims in the hospital where he worked. Now,
he was personally affected by the wave of Palestinian terror. Eran, a gifted
young man filled with joy of life, was critically injured in the attack and
died a few hours later in a Tel Aviv hospital.
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