Dr. Shmuel Gillis
Feb 1, 2001 - Dr. Shmuel Gillis, 42, of Carmei Tzur, was killed by Palestinian gunmen who fired at his car near the Aroub refugee camp on the Jerusalem-Hebron highway.
Dr. Shmuel Gillis, father of five children aged 3 to 13, who was a senior hemotologist at Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem in Jerusalem, was driving to his home in Gush Etzion. Along the section of the Jerusalem-Hebron highway near the Aroub refugee camp, a passing Palestinian car fired at him with automatic weapons. Eleven bullets struck his body hitting him in the neck and chest. He died on the spot.
His wife Ruthi told her children that she also pities Shmuel's patients for their loss. To them, he represented hope. In treating his patients, he made no distinction between opinion, religion, or status. He treated patients suffering from leukemia and lymphoma, not only from Israel but also from Gaza, Ramallah, Nablus, and even from Jordan and Egypt. One of his patients, an Arab woman, described him as "better than an angel".
Shmuel Gillis was born in England to a religious family who immigrated to Israel in 1970. He grew up in the Beit Hakerem neighborhood of Jerusalem. He and his two brothers became doctors, following in the footsteps of his father, Dr. Aharon Gillis.
Shmuel served as a doctor in the IDF reserves as part of the Shaldag commando unit.
Carmei Tzur resident Ezra Shvab said Dr. Gillis and his wife were an integral part of community life, having lived there for 11 years.
"Everyone is deeply shocked," Shvab said. "Shmuel was extremely involved in the community. His wife heads the community's recreation center," he added.
Thousands, including his colleagues and some of his patients, attended his funeral which left from Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem. He was buried in the Gush Etzion cemetery.