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Jul 21, 2003 | 21st of Tammuz, 5763 | כ״א בתמוז תשס״ג
July 21, 2003 – The body of IDF soldier Cpl. Oleg Shaichat, 20 of Upper Nazareth was abducted and murdered on July 21 while on his way home, was found on July 28, buried in an olive grove near Kafr Kana an Arab village in the Lower Galilee.
Oleg Shaichat was hitchhiking home from the army base in Safed when he was abducted near the Beit Rimon junction, the turnoff from the main Tiberias-Haifa road that leads through several Arab villages including Kafr Kana to Nazareth and Upper Nazareth. His abductors drove to a nearby grove where they murdered him. His body was discovered after an intensive week-long search in which hundreds of volunteers participated. While the investigation continues, police are convinced that the murder was an act of terrorism.
Oleg immigrated to Israel with his family from the Ukraine in 1995 and settled in Upper Nazareth. He completed his high school studies with honors at the Yigal Allon School majoring in computers. He began his army service almost two years ago, serving in the computer unit at the IDF Northern Command in Safed. Major Ronen Lapid, his commanding officer described Oleg as a disciplined, dedicated and responsible soldier. He helped new soldiers in the unit and also did volunteer work with Southern Lebanese Army children in one of the local schools. A friend related that Oleg was a sociable person who like to sing and play music.
Cpl. Oleg Shaichat was buried in the military section of the Upper Nazareth cemetery. He is survived by his parents Anisim and Olga, his brother Adam 25, who thanked the hundreds of policemen, soldiers and volunteers who searched for his brother.
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