Sept 23, 2011 - Yonatan Palmer, age 1, of Kiryat Arba, was killed when the car driven by his father Asher was struck by stones and overturned on Route 60 near Hebron.
While driving to Jerusalem with his infant son, Asher's car was struck by rocks, apparently thrown from a passing vehicle. One of the rocks went through the front windshield, striking him in the head and causing the car to veer of the road and flip over. Father and son were killed in the crash.
"It was clearly a terrorist attack. Asher's gun had been stolen, there were rocks inside the vehicle and it was clear Asher was hit by a rock," Palmer's family said after police informed them of their conclusion that the incident was in fact the result of a terror attack.
Asher’s brother-in-law, Aharon Peretz said, "Yonatan, my nephew, was the most beautiful child in the world, with amazing blue eyes. People used to stop me in the street and say what a little angel your sister has, with eyes as blue as the heavens, a baby that at only 10 months old started to walk."
Yonatan was killed just days before his first birthday. His mother, a nurse in Shaarei Zedek hospital, worked the night shift on Thursday, and when she completed her shift bought him a blue car in the hospital gift shop. The unopened gift remains in her parents' home in Jerusalem, where Asher and Yonatan were expected to join them for Shabbat.
Yonatan Palmer was buried with his father Asher in the Hebron cemetery. He is survived by his mother Puah.