Summer 2002



University Loses Students to Terrorism, Establishes Scholarship in Their Memory


The University has established a scholarship in memory of three of its students whose lives were claimed by terrorist attacks at separate locations this past winter and spring—one in Jerusalem, one on the Northern Road along the Lebanon border, and the third in a bus by the Kibbutz Yagur junction, just east of Haifa.

   Moran Amit, z”l, a third-year student in the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, was murdered in the Jerusalem Peace Forest by a gang of Palestinian teenagers.  She had been walking with a boyfriend on a balmy February day when the gang, which wanted to kill a Jew as they later recounted, spotted the couple. Moran was 25.

   Yehudit Cohen, z”l, a graduate student in Mathematics and a math teacher, had been driving along the tree-lined route between Israel’s northern panhandle and the Mediterranean when terrorists fired on passing vehicles from a knoll on the Israeli side overlooking the road.  Yehudit, 33, was one of six victims in that mid-March attack.

   Shlomi Ben-Chaim, z”l, 27, had been traveling to his army base after boarding the bus at a new terminal closer to his home in Kiriat Yam, a northern Haifa suburb. A suicide bomber disguised as a soldier also got on his bus, and the result was eight dead. Shlomi, recently engaged, had completed three years as an outstanding economics student and decided to do the department’s fourth year program in accounting.

   May the memory of these victims be for a blessing. 

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