Dec 28, 2007 - Sgt. David Rubin, 21, of Kiryat Arba, was one of two Israelis killed by Palestinian terrorists while hiking in the Hebron area. The two Palestinian terrorists turned themselves in to Palestinian General Intelligence in Hebron the same day in order to avoid being apprehended by Israeli security forces.
On Friday morning, 28 December, off-duty soldiers Sgt. David Rubin and Cpl. Ahikam Amihai were hiking in wadi Telem with a female companion when four Palestinian terrorists opened fire on them from a jeep. Amihai and Rubin, who both served in elite commando units, were carrying their firearms and were able to return fire, killing one of the Palestinian gunmen and seriously wounding another before succumbing to their injuries. Their companion managed to hide and was uninjured, and phoned for help.
The families live in neighboring apartment buildings in Kiryat Arba. Both boys studied at the Mekor Haim high school yeshiva in Kfar Etzion and volunteered for elite IDF units. David served for 16 months in the naval commando unit. Before his induction he studied in the West Bank settlement of Eli and in a yeshiva in Mitzpe Ramon.
David was the eldest son of Rabbi Mishael Rubin, rabbi of Hebron's Shavei Hebron yeshiva.
Sgt. David Rubin was buried in the Mt. Herzl military cemetery in Jerusalem. He is survived by his parents Mishael and Yosefa, and by seven siblings.