April 2, 2009 - Shlomo Nativ, 13, of Bat Ayin in Gush Etzion was killed by an axe-wielding terrorist.
On Thursday afternoon, Yair Gamliel and Shlomo Nativ were near the local council building, where children often play, when a terrorist approached them. The terrorist struck both on the head. Shlomo managed to get to his home, located right across the street. One of his brothers tried in vain to revive him by pressing on his chest, but Shlomo was pronounced dead shortly thereafter. Yair suffered a fractured skull. Islamic Jihad and the Martyrs of Imad Mughniyeh have both claimed responsibility for the attack.
The Nativ family has lived in Bat Ayin for 20 years and was among the founders of the community. Ever-smiling, freckled Shlomo was the eighth in a family of nine children. A student at the local Talmud Torah, a neighbor described him as a "sweet, pure, innocent child." He helped care for the family's sheep, goats and chickens, feeding them and milking them.
Shlomo Nativ was buried in the Kfar Etzion cemetery. He is survived by his parents, Haim and Revital, and eight siblings.