July 2, 2008 - Jean Relevy, 68, of Jerusalem was one of three people killed in a terror attack in Jerusalem. Driving a bulldozer on Jaffa Road, the terrorist plowed into cars and pedestrians as well as two public buses. Police shot and killed the terrorist.
Driving a bulldozer on Jaffa Road between the Central Bus Station and the Mahane Yehuda market shortly before noon, a terrorist deliberately plowed into cars and pedestrians as well as two public buses (Egged buses 13 and 60) carrying some 50 passengers, overturning one of them. The terrorist, a Palestinian from eastern Jerusalem, drove for about 500 meters, crushing oncoming traffic on Jaffa Road before being killed.
Jean Relevy, of the Jerusalem neighborhood of Gilo, was about to become a first-time grandfather in about a month. He was killed by the bulldozer while driving his car.
Relevy was the youngest child in a family of seven children. His mother died several months after his birth, and he was raised at his sister's home. He immigrated to Israel from Iran with his father in 1949, after the family had spent nine years in India. He grew up in Jerusalem and went to England for a few years to study electrical engineering.
According to his nephew, Nati Avner, "he was one of the most special people I knew, always thinking about others. The family was his happiness, and he was always looking for a platform to help people. He installed air conditioners for a living, and was the most intellectual air conditioner installer I knew. His great love was photography and one of his hobbies was wood carving."
Jean Relevy was buried in the Har Hamenuhot cemetery in Givat Shaul in Jerusalem. He is survived by his wife Hannah, two daughters and a son.