Israelis Yonaton Suher, 40, from Tel Aviv, Simcha Dimri, 60, of Dimona, and Avraham Goldman, 69, of Ramat Hasharon were killed in a suicide bombing in Istanbul by an Islamic State terrorist Shabbat morning. May their memories be a blessing.
Two other people were killed in the attack and 36 more were injured, including 11 Israelis. Six Israelis remained hospitalized in Turkey as of Sunday morning, including Yonaton Suher’s wife, Inbal, who underwent surgery in Turkey, and and Avraham Goldman’s wife, Nitza. Simcha Dimri’s husband Avi, who sustained fractures in both legs and a punctured lung, was evacuated to the Soroka University Medical Center for treatment.
OneFamily is reaching out to the families, as it does with all terror victims in Israel, and the victims of terrorist attacks in Mombasa in 2002 and Mumbai in 2011.
The five who sustained less serious wounds retuned to Israel on military planes sent to bring them back. All 14 of the Israelis affected by terror were part of a group on a culinary tour of Istanbul. Authorities believe the terrorist stalked the group for hours before blowing himself up.
Simcha Dimri is a mother of four and a retired kindergarten teacher. Dimona Mayor Benny Biton said Simcha and Avi were distinguished in Dimona for their kindness. “The city feels the pain and shares the grief of the Dimri family,” Biton said. “The Dimris were well-known as contributors to the needy and to city institutions, including anonymously.”
Three thousand people came to Simcha’s funeral. Her daughter Adi read out a message written by her father, who was unable to attend. “”I don’t know what happened, I only know that the world is complicated. We planned your 60th birthday together….I will remain strong for you, and take care of our family.”
Avraham Goldman and his wife were frequent travelers. He was a tour guide in Jerusalem who specialized in VIP tours of the city, including a tour for former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. He leaves behind three children and eight grand-children.
Amit, a friend of the couple, said the news was devastating to those who knew them. “We’re all completely shattered,” he said. “We sat all night and wept.”
Amit said when friends expressed concern to Avi about his frequent visits to Jerusalem, which has been a frequent target of terror, he told them not to worry because he kept a cutting board in his backpack, which would protect him from stabbings.
Yonaton Suher, a father of two, joined the tour to celebrate his 40th birthday. He grew up on Kibbutz Kvutzat Shiller in central Israel, and had the distinction of being the first grandchild on the kibbutz. He met his wife Inbal there as well. He served in the IDF as a member of the military police corps. He completed his law degree and worked in the hi-tech sector.
At his birthday celebration, his friends wished him continuing happiness. “May you keep devouring life as only you know how,” his friends toasted him. Shortly after, a terrorist took his life.
Both Avraham Goldman and Yonaton Suher were American citizens. The attack was the sixth since July, a wave of terror that has claimed the lives of more than 200 people.