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Lily Shimashvili

Aug 9, 2001 | 20th of Av, 5761 | כ׳ באב תשס״א

Aug 9, 2001 – Lily Shimashvili, 33 of Jerusalem, was one of 15 people killed in a suicide bombing in the heart of Jerusalem inside a crowded pizza restaurant.

Carrying the explosives in a guitar case, the terrorist entered the Sbarro pizzeria at the corner of King George Avenue and Jaffa Road in downtown Jerusalem just before 2 p.m. The 5 kg.-10 kg. bomb which was packed with nails, screws, and bolts completely gutted the restaurant which was full of lunchtime diners.

Among the other victims of the attack was Lily’s daughter Tamara. Lily and Tamara arrived in Israel only eight months prior from Moscow following the rest of their family who are originally Georgian. Lily, a doctor by profession had been studying Hebrew in Jerusalem and hoped to find employment in one of the city’s hospitals.

Lily Shimashvili was buried in Jerusalem alongside her daughter Tamara. She is survived by her parents, son Yaakov (3) and her husband Yura who was in Moscow at the time of the bombing.


Israel's Voice commitment to memorialize each victim of terror doesn't end here. We are currently reaching out to those who have been victimized and to every family who's lost loved one(s) due to terror. Your story must be told and we intend to create a documentary for each individual. Silence is no longer an option. Contact us today to set up an appointment. info@israelvoice.org Our preference is to make your story heard in English, but Hebrew is also fine. Videos will be subtitled for the world to understand.



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