Lily Shimashvili
Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs

 Lily Shimashvili


  Lily Shimashvili


Aug 9, 2001 - Lily Shimashvili, 33, of Jerusalem, was one of 15 people killed in a suicide bombing in the heart of Jerusalem, inside a crowded pizza restaurant.

Carrying the explosives in a guitar case, the terrorist entered the Sbarro pizzeria at the corner of King George Avenue and Jaffa Road in downtown Jerusalem just before 2 p.m. The 5 kg.-10 kg. bomb, which was packed with nails, screws, and bolts, completely gutted the restaurant, which was full of lunchtime diners.

Among the other victims of the attack was Lily's daughter, Tamara, 8. Lily and Tamara arrived in Israel only eight months ago from Moscow, following the rest of their family, who are originally Georgian. Lily, a doctor by profession, had been studying Hebrew in Jerusalem and hoped to find employment in one of the city's hospitals.

Lily Shimashvili was buried in Jerusalem alongside her daughter, Tamara. She is survived by her parents, a son, Yaakov, 3, and her husband, Yura, who was in Moscow at the time of the bombing.

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