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Jun 19, 2003 | 19th of Sivan, 5763 | י״ט בסיון תשס״ג
June 19, 2003 – Avner Mordechai, 58 of Moshav Sde Trumot was killed when a suicide bomber blew up in his grocery on Sde Trumot south of Beit Shean.
According to a resident of Sde Trumot who left the grocery store minutes before the attack, the suicide bomber entered the grocery shortly after 6 A.M., looked around, and blew himself up. Avner Mordechai, the grocery owner, who was alone in the store, was critically injured and died of his wounds after being evacuated to Haemek Hospital in Afula.
The bomber was apparently dropped off at the entrance to the moshav, some 300 meters from the store. Northern police chief Ya’akov Borovsky said they believed that the bomber did not intend to blow himself up inside the grocery, but that he might have been waiting for people to congregate at the nearby bus stop. He detonated the bomb prematurely, sensing perhaps that Avner, who had seen him on the closed-circuit TV in the store, was suspicious of him.
A distant relative of Maj.Gen. (res.) Yitzhak Mordechai, Avner Mordechai immigrated to Israel from Kurdistan in the early 1950s and was married to Shifra for 40 years. For many years, he was responsible for the dairy at Sde Trumot, and 20 years ago took over the grocery. His son Dror took over the store when Avner suffered a heart attack several years ago, but Avner continued to come in the morning to take in the bread, and would then return home. Shifra described her husband as a good father and loving grandfather. He was a quiet person, and was chairman of a local branch of the Likud party.
Avner Mordechai was buried in Moshav Sde Trumot. He is survived by his wife Shifra, his son, five daughters and grandchildren.
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