Cpl. Moshe Maor Jan

Cpl. Moshe Maor Jan


July 12, 2005 - Cpl. Moshe Maor Jan, 21, of Tel Aviv was one of five people killed in a suicide bombing outside the entrance to Hasharon Mall in Netanya.

Shortly after 6:30 P.M., the bomber detonated himself at the pedestrian crossing on the south side of the intersection of Herzl and Petah Tikva Streets. The Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attack.

Moshe was a soldier in the Nahal Brigade. He was on his way home and was crossing the street just as the suicide bomber exploded. He suffered mortal wounds to the head and chest and was flown to Rambam Hospital in Haifa. He died two days later after being declared brain dead by the doctors.

Maor and his wife Moriah met when they were 15. His father Yossi said, "She was the love of his life. He dreamt of becoming a father." Moriah is eight months pregnant with their first child.

Maor was a counselor in the Bnei Akiva religious youth movement and set up the memorial room to IDF soldiers in the Bnei Akiva Netanya branch. "He served in the most dangerous places," said Yossi, "in Gaza and the Philadelphi corridor, and he was killed here, right near home." Maor had planned to become a teacher, like his father and grandfather.

Maor graduated from the Nahariya hesder yeshiva. The institute's head remembered him being a diligent and well-mannered student.

Cpl. Moshe Maor Jan was buried in the Netanya Military Cemetery. He is survived by his wife, parents, and three siblings.

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