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Sunday, December 30, 2007
MFA website on murder of Cpl. Ahikam Amitai & Sgt. David Rubin

MFA website on murder of Cpl. Ahikam Amitai & Sgt. David Rubin

Cpl. Ahikam Amitai:
www.mfa.gov.il/MFA/Terrorism-+Obstacle+to+Peace/Memorial/2007/Victims/Ahikam+Amihai.htm

Dec 28, 2007 - Cpl. Ahikam Amihai, 20, of Kiryat Arba, was one of two
Israelis killed by Palestinian terrorists while hiking in the Hebron area.
The Islamic Jihad and the Fatah al-Quds Brigades both claimed responsibility
for the attack.

On Friday morning, 28 December, off-duty soldiers Cpl. Ahikam Amihai and
Sgt. David Rubin were hiking in wadi Telem with a female companion when four
Palestinian terrorists opened fire on them from a jeep. Amihai and Rubin,
who both served in elite commando units, were carrying their firearms and
were able to return fire, killing one of the Palestinian gunmen and
seriously wounding another before succumbing to their injuries. Their
companion managed to hide and was uninjured, and phoned for help.

The families live in neighboring apartment buildings in Kiryat Arba. Both
boys studied at the Mekor Haim high school yeshiva in Kfar Etzion and
volunteered for elite IDF units. Ahikam, whose draft was delayed, enlisted
about a month ago to the Shaldag commando unit following a year of national
service in the Hebrew University's Cave Research Unit in Ofra, in the West
Bank. Benia Sarel, a friend, described Ahikam's love for hiking in Israel:
"Ahikam knew every spring, every path."

Ahikam was the fifth child of Rabbi Yehuda Amihai and his wife Esther, and a
grandson of Rabbi Tzvi Neria, "father of the knitted scullcap generation."
Rabbi Yehuda Amihai is head of the Torah and Land Institute, formerly in
Kfar Darom in the Gaza Strip.

Cpl. Ahikam Amihai was buried in the Mt. Herzl military cemetery in
Jerusalem. He is survived by his parents, Yehuda and Esther, and nine
siblings.

Sgt. David Rubin:
www.mfa.gov.il/MFA/Terrorism-+Obstacle+to+Peace/Memorial/2007/Victims/David+Rubin.htm

Dec 28, 2007 - Sgt. David Rubin, 21, of Kiryat Arba, was one of two Israelis
killed by Palestinian terrorists while hiking in the Hebron area. The
Islamic Jihad and the Fatah al-Quds Brigades both claimed responsibility for
the attack.

On Friday morning, 28 December, off-duty soldiers Sgt. David Rubin and Cpl.
Ahikam Amihai were hiking in wadi Telem with a female companion when four
Palestinian terrorists opened fire on them from a jeep. Amihai and Rubin,
who both served in elite commando units, were carrying their firearms and
were able to return fire, killing one of the Palestinian gunmen and
seriously wounding another before succumbing to their injuries. Their
companion managed to hide and was uninjured, and phoned for help.

The families live in neighboring apartment buildings in Kiryat Arba. Both
boys studied at the Mekor Haim high school yeshiva in Kfar Etzion and
volunteered for elite IDF units. David served for 16 months in the naval
commando unit. Before his induction he studied in the West Bank settlement
of Eli and in a yeshiva in Mitzpe Ramon.

David was the eldest son of Rabbi Mishael Rubin, rabbi of Hebron's Shavei
Hebron yeshiva.

Sgt. David Rubin was buried in the Mt. Herzl military cemetery in Jerusalem.
He is survived by his parents Mishael and Yosefa, and by seven siblings.

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