Obituary

  • Jordanian Girl Set for Transplant in Israel Dies Before Surgery Begins

    A 12-year-old Jordanian girl who arrived in Israel last week to undergo a bone- marrow transplant has died before the operation could be carried out. Heba Shaban died late Friday night of massive bleeding in her lungs, according to her doctor, Shimon Slavin, the head of the bone-marrow transplant center at Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem…. More ▸

  • Bill to Help Survivor Win Reparations Dies in Congress at End of Its Session

    An 11th-hour compromise in the House of Representatives almost helped Holocaust survivor Hugo Princz earn his elusive goal: obtaining compensation from Germany for his suffering during World War II. But after passing the House in a voice vote, the bill that would have allowed Princz to sue the German for reparations failed to make it… More ▸

  • Yeshayahu Leibowitz Dies in Sleep at 91; Sage Was Opposed to Holding Territories

    Israel’s best-known and most controversial savant, Professor Yeshayahu Leibowitz, died here Thursday at the age of 91. Both mentally and physically fit until his last day, he died in his sleep and was laid to rest at the Har Hamenuhot Cemetery. Leibowitz’s fame as a philosopher, scientist and religious sage extended far and wide, mostly… More ▸

  • Soldier Dies in Tank Accident

    In the latest of a string of army mishaps, a 21- year-old Israeli soldier was killed this week when his tank overturned during a technical experiment in the Jordan Valley. Sgt. Yoav Fachthold apparently lost control of his Merkava tank and veered off the path during an exercise conducted by an Ordnance Corps experimental unit,… More ▸

  • Violence Again Grips Territories As Jew Dies from Attack in Hebron

    As a Jewish settler killed in a terror attack was buried Sunday, new violence erupted in Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip. The latest explosions of terror activity came as Motti Biton, 32, was laid to rest in Haifa, after his death Friday of gunshot wounds inflicted in the West Bank town of Jenin. In two… More ▸

  • Israeli Soldier Dies in Terrorist Hunt

    A search for terrorists in the Gaza Strip cost the life of an Israeli soldier Thursday. One terrorist was killed, another wounded and seven were captured in the skirmish, the Israel Defense Force announced. The dead soldier was identified as Cpl. Baruch Ben-Shimon, 20, of Safed. The IDF said a patrol searching for wanted terrorists… More ▸

  • Second Arab Dies from Mob Violence; Kidnap Suspect in Another Case Escapes

    A 42-year-old Arab from Silwan village became the second fatal victim of Jewish mob violence in Jerusalem this week. Izzat Halahla died Thursday of injuries inflicted by Jews enraged over the murders of teen-agers Ronen Karamani and Lior Tubol, whose mutilated bodies were found Monday in a ravine in the northern outskirts of the city…. More ▸

  • Last Ex-nazi Held in Dutch Prison Dies Eight Months After Release

    The last ex-Nazi to have been held in a Dutch prison died several days ago in the West German village of Bigge, southeast of Dortmund. Franz Fischer, 87, whose release from the Dutch prison in Breda on Jan. 27 caused much debate and psychological trauma in Holland, was the last survivor of two aged Nazi… More ▸

  • Another Friend from Congress Dies in Mississippi Plane Crash

    U.S. Rep.Larkin Smith, a Mississippi Republican who was killed in a plane crash Sunday, was “a rising star” among Israel’s supporters in Congress, a pro-Israel lobbyist said Monday. News of the death of Smith came a day after pro-Israel forces learned they had lost a longtime friend in the House of Representatives. Rep. Mickey Leland… More ▸

  • Beth Din Rabbi Dies in Jerusalem

    Some 40,000 mourners attended the funeral here Wednesday of Rabbi Yitzhak Yaacov Weiss, doyen of Jerusalem’s ultra-Orthodox community. Weiss, who died early Wednesday at the age of 88, presided over the Beth Din (religious court) of the ultra-Orthodox Eda Haredit. Streets were closed to traffic as large crowds gathered in Mea Shearim as soon as… More ▸