Aug 9, 2001 - Tzira (Dura) Schijveschuurder, 41, of Neria, 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 were Tzira's husband Mordechai, and their children Ra'aya, 14, Yitzhak, 4, and Hemda, 2. Two other daughters were injured in the attack. They had come to spend the day in Jerusalem, to relax from the tension of frequent shootings near their home in Neria, a community in Samaria. Three older brothers who did not join the family outing identified the bodies.
Tzira (nee Friedman) was born in Netanya. She married Mordechai Schijveschuurder in 1978, and over the years gave birth to eight children. After completing her studies at Tel-Aviv Univeristy, she worked as a therapist at the Shmaya school for deaf children in Bnei Brak.
The Schijveschuurder family later moved to Jerusalem, and in 1994 to Neria, where their two youngest children, Yitzhak and Hemda, were born..
Tzira Schijveschuurder was buried in Jerusalem, along with her husband and three children.
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