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Yehezkel (Hezi) Mualem
Jul 13, 2001 | 22nd of Tammuz, 5761 | כ״ב בתמוז תשס״א
July 13, 2001 – Yehezkel (Hezi) Mualem, 49 of Kiryat Arba, was shot and killed between Kiryat Arba and Hebron while protesting a shooting attack in the area the previous day.
On July 12, the town council held a meeting at the western gate of Kiryat Arba, the site of that morning’s terrorist attack in which David Cohen was shot in the head and very critically wounded. Following the meeting, some of those attending decided to examine the escape route used by the terrorists bordering the old entrance to the Givat Harsina neighborhood of Kiryat Arba. They were attacked by gunfire. Hezi Mualem was hit by bullets in the lower back and another man was wounded in both legs.
Hezi Mualem died of his injuries the following morning.
Hezi Mualem, a well-known figure in Kiryat Arba was a member of the town council and the construction manager for the Kiryat Arba Development Company. He was also a registered ambulance driver. He lived in Kiryat Arba with his family for over 20 years. He served as a tank commander in the IDF and was injured during the 1973 Yom Kippur War.
Yehezkel Mualem was buried in Jerusalem. He is survived by his wife and four children.
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