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Jun 19, 2002 | 9th of Tammuz, 5762 | ט׳ בתמוז תשס״ב
June 19, 2002 – Gal Eisenman, 5 of Ma’ale Adumim was one of seven people killed when a suicide bomber blew himself up at a crowded bus stop and hitchhiking post at the French Hill intersection in northern Jerusalem shortly after 7:00 P.M.
The bomber jumped out of a car at the French Hill junction and as Border Patrolmen on duty at the scene began to approach him, he ran past them toward the crowded bus stop on the eastern side of the road setting off the bomb he was carrying in a crowd of people. Three Israelis and four others died in hospital. About 50 were wounded by shrapnel that was packed around the explosive, with several in critical and serious condition including one of the Border Patrolmen who had tried to stop the bomber.
Gal Eisenman had gone in the afternoon with her mother and baby brother to an end-year party organized by her grandmother Noa Alon, a kindergarten teacher in Ofra. They had returned to Jerusalem and were waiting at the French Hill junction for the bus back home in Ma’ale Adumim. Gal who was described as a “bundle of energy with an impish smile that got her whatever she wanted,” was killed along with her grandmother. Her father a doctor at Sha’are Zedek hospital identified her body. Her mother and brother were seriously injured.
Gal Eisenman was buried in in Ofra alongside her grandmother. She leaves behind her parents Yitzhak and Pnina and her baby brother Saguy (18 months).
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