המידע מעודכן לתאריך יולי 2002





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 friends.

  


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.