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Jun 19, 2015 | 2nd of Tammuz, 5775 | ב׳ בתמוז תשע״ה
Danny Gonen was killed on June 19th, 2015. He lived in Lod and was killed in a shooting attack on a dirt road after spending sometime at the Ein Buvin spring near Dolev in the West Bank.
On Friday afternoon June 19th, Danny Gonen went with a friend to swimm in the Ein Buvin spring located in a mountainous area between the settlement of Dolev and the Palestinian village of Dayr Ibzi. On their way back to the main road, Palestinians flagged them down asking for help. They stopped their car and the man asked “Is there water in the spring?” and shot them right there. Danny Gonen was shot in the upper body and was transferred, unconscious and critically wounded to the Tel Hashomer Hospital by an IDF helicopter where he was pronounced dead. Gonen’s friend – Netanel Hadad was moderately wounded.
Danny Gonen was a student at Bar-Ilan University, studying electrical engineering and was the eldest of five siblings. He was born and raised in Lod and attended the Hesder Yeshiva program in the Ma’aleh Adumim Yeshiva. Danny lost his father a several years ago and then after took on the responsibility for his younger siblings. Danny’s little sister said that as the eldest, he was a father figure to his younger siblings after their father passed away.
Danny’s mother Devorah eulogized her son by saying:
“You were a source of immense pride for me, a pillar to your brother and sisters. You were a devoted son to me, and when I needed it, a friend too. And you supported me in everything. You lived your life as a free Jew in your country. You loved the land and you loved the truth. The truth was your banner and you lived by it.”
Devorah spoke of Danny’s love for the land of Israel and expressed how he used to go walking and hiking at every opportunity he got.
Danny Gonen was buried in Lod.
He is survived by his mother Devorah and four siblings.
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