Philip Balhasan
Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs
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 Philip Balhasan

4/17/2006


Apr 17, 2006 - Philip Balhasan, 45, of Ashdod was one of 11 people killed during the Passover  holiday in a suicide bombing at the Rosh Ha'ir shawarma restaurant, near the old central bus station in Tel Aviv. The Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attack.

Philip Balhasan set out from home in the morning with his two youngest children, Uri and Linor, to buy CDs and computer games at the old central bus station in Tel Aviv. He had taken the day off to spend with the children during the Passover holiday. After shopping, they were passing by the Rosh Ha'ir shawarma when the bomber struck. Philip protected the children with his body. Mortally wounded, he managed to pass his cellphone to Uri and said: "Call Mom and tell her there was an attack" before he collapsed. Philip died en route to hospital. Both children were slightly injured.

Philip Balhasan was born in North Africa and immigrated to Israel with his parents and three siblings when he was four. As a child he excelled in his studies and attended the Israel Air Force technical high school in Haifa. After working for many years for Tadiran, he had recently began work at Agan Chemicals in Ashdod. Philip's brother-in-law Emil described him as a happy person who loved to laugh, and who was a devoted father.

Philip Balhasan was buried in Ashdod. He is survived by his wife, Etti, 40, and their four children - Liran, 21, Lital, 19, Linor, 13, and Uri, 12.

 
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