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Oct 26, 2005 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm | 23rd of Tevet, 5730 | כ״ג בטבת תש״ל
Pirhiya Machlouf, 53, of Hadera was one of six people who were murdered on October 26, 2005 and 55 wounded, six of them seriously, when a suicide bomber detonated himself at Hadera’s open-air market shortly before 4 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, October 26.
Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attack, which occurred in front of a felafel stand at the entrance to the seaside town’s market. Hadera has been a frequent target of attacks during the past five years of violence.
The other victims killed in the bombing were Michael Kaufman, Sabiha Nissim, Jamil Qa’adan, and Ya’acov Rahmani. A sixth victim, Genia Poleis, died of her wounds 11 days later.
Pirhiya Machlouf worked for 30 years at the Bank Leumi branch by the market.
She had gone shopping after work to prepare a festive dinner for her two daughters, who were about to begin university studies.
“She apparently stopped to eat at the felafel stand when she was killed,” a colleague said.
Friends described her as a devoted and loving wife and mother, a cultured woman who enjoyed reading. She also loved dogs and raised two of them.
“They are waiting for her to come home,” said a friend.
Pirhiya Machlouf was buried in the Old Hadera Cemetery.
She is survived by her husband, Chaim, two daughters, Michal and Noa, and a son, Ron.
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