July 14, 2005 - Dana Galkowicz, 22, of Kibbutz Bror Hayil, was killed by a Qassam rocket fired at Moshav Netiv Ha'asara north of the Gaza Strip.
Dana Galkowicz, a communications student at the nearby Sapir College, returned to her boyfriend's home in Netiv Ha'asara early on Thursday evening because she was tired. She sat down on the porch when the rocket, launched from Beit Hanoun, in the northern Gaza Strip, exploded next to her. She was killed on the spot. Her friend, Amir Ragolsky, was lightly wounded. Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Fatah all claimed responsibility for the attack.
Dana was born in Kibbutz Bror Hayil about a year after her family immigrated to Israel from South America - her father, Natan, was born in Brazil and her mother, Perla, in Argentina. Dana completed high school in Sha'ar Hanegev and did her military service in the Border Police. After completing her military service she worked for the Jewish Agency and traveled in the U.S.
Dana met Amir about three years ago. They moved in together last year and were planning on getting married in the near future. Amir's mother, Pnina Ragolsky, said that they had been debating whether or not to live in Netiv Ha'asara, located directly north of the Gaza Strip, or in the kibbutz.
"She was charming, gentle and impressive," the director of Kibbutz Bror Hayil, Abraham Hirschfeld, said. Her friends said that she loved to dance, celebrated her 22nd birthday two weeks ago and in another two weeks was supposed to travel with Amir to India. "She was an amazing person, a genuine person, who had no masks," her friend Irit Rosenhak said. "She was one of the rare good-hearted people that I've met," Dana's friend Ofir Rappaport added.
Dana Galkowicz was buried at Kibbutz Bror Hayil. She is survived by her parents, Natan and Perla, her sister Sharon, 23, and her brother Orian, 18.