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Jul 4, 2004 | 15th of Tammuz, 5764 | ט״ו בתמוז תשס״ד
July 4, 2004 – Victor Kreiderman, 49 of Mevo Dotan was ambushed and shot to death by Aksa Martyrs Brigades terrorists as he and his wife were driving near the village of Yabad. His wife Emma, was lightly wounded.
Kreiderman and his wife had left the settlement shortly before 6 a.m. without waiting for a military escort. According to fellow settlers, Kreiderman was the fourth fatality from Mevo Dotan during the current intifada. Because the Yabad bypass road has been the scene of numerous attacks, residents usually wait for an IDF escort.
His friends related that even before making aliya from Vilna, Lithuania in 1990, Kreiderman decided to live on a West Bank settlement. He chose Mevo Dotan because no other Russian families resided there and he wanted to immerse himself as an Israeli. He worked as a truck driver.
“He was a true patriot,” recalled Mevo Dotan secretary Yael Ben-Ya’acov. “He would always tell us, ‘If I’m coming to Israel, then it should be to a place that needs me” and that’s why he chose Mevo Dotan.
“He adjusted very quickly to the settlement and was loved by everyone. Whenever I passed by his house he would be taking care of his flowers. He’d go from flower to flower and say, ‘This is paradise.’ He had an unbounded love for the place.”
Victor Kreiderman is survived by his wife, two grown children from a first marriage who live in Beersheba and a sister who lives in Ashdod. He was buried on Mevo Dotan.
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