The four victims of the Sarona shooting attack were named earlier today:
The four victims of Wednesday night’s shooting attack in central Tel Aviv have been named as 41-year-old Ido Ben-Ari of Ramat Gan; Ilana Naveh, 39, of Tel Aviv; Ben Gurion University professor Michael Feige, 58; and 32-year-old Mila Mishaev of Rishon Letzion.
Ben-Ari’s wife was with him at the time of the attack, which took place in the busy Sarona Market; she is currently hospitalized in moderate condition after suffering gunshot wounds herself.
Ido, a former fighter in the IDF’s elite Sayeret Matkal unit, also leaves behind two children. His funeral will take place this evening at 6 p.m. at Yavneh cemetery.
Ilana Naveh, a mother of four children, was reportedly murdered while celebrating her 40th birthday. She will be buried in Petah Tikva this evening.
Feige, too, was a father to three children, and a prominent professor at Ben Gurion University.
Mila Mishaev was engaged to be married, and according to reports managed to call her boyfriend immediately after she was shot multiple times. She had been waiting for him at the restaurant when the gunmen opened fire.
16 other people were injured in the attack, including three people with serious wounds.
The Times of Israel has more background detail on some of the victims:
Ben-Ari was a father of two. He served in the elite Sayeret Matkal unit during his IDF service and was working in a senior position at The Coca-Cola Company’s Israel branch, his sister told the Ynet news site.
In a statement, Coca-Cola said the company “mourns the tragic loss of our friend Ido Ben Ari, a victim of this horrific act. We send our condolences and warmest wishes to the family.”
His wife was among the injured. She was admitted to a hospital Wednesday in serious condition but doctors said she stabilized overnight and were now defining her condition as moderate, according to Army radio.
The couple were eating at the Max Brenner restaurant where the shooting took place.
Ben Ari’s funeral will take place Thursday at 6 p.m. in Yavne.
Naveh, a mother of four, was out to celebrate her 40th birthday, according to media reports.
She will be buried in the Petah Tikva cemetery at 2 p.m. on Thursday.
Thirty-two-year-old Mishayev, the youngest of the four victims, was set to be married in the near future, according to Ynet. She was waiting in the restaurant for her boyfriend when the attack took place. She suffered bullet wounds to her lower body and later died of her injuries. According to Ynet, Mishayev managed to call her boyfriend immediately after the attack.
Feige was a professor of Israeli studies at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. According to a bio posted by the school, he was a “a sociologist and anthropologist that specializes in Israeli society, collective memory and political myth.”
He was a father of three.
Feige was a “really nice professor,” said Elisheva Goldberg, a graduate of Beersheba’s Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, who took two courses with Feige.
“He wasn’t one of those stuck-up academics, he was very approachable, very human and personable,” she said. “He always asked people’s opinions, he was never rude, even when someone asked a stupid question, and he always made sure we understood what he was speaking about.”
Funeral details for these two victims were not immediately released.
Each one of the victims was a whole world, to humanity and to their families. Each one is a huge loss for their families and for the nation. May the families and loved ones of the four victims be comforted amongst the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem and may they know no more sorrow.
ברוך דיין אמת. יהי זכרם ברוך.
An afterthought: I know it’s not proper to make political capital out of such a gruesome terrorist murder, but in a bitter irony, Prof. Feige was an anthropologist, and strongly opposed to the BDS efforts of the American Anthropological Association (AAA). Just 3 days ago, the AAA’s boycott campaign was defeated, yet the AAA’s executive board wouldn’t back down and issued a censure of the Israeli government. Read more about it at Legal Insurrection.
One would think that the AAA would have the decency to cease their condemnations of Israel after one of their own was so brutally murdered, but then again, I don’t think the words “decency” and “AAA” fit together in any reasonable way.
This then is the true despicable face of BDS.