Three American-Israelis killed by terrorists will be honored at a special AACI ceremony next week in the presence of U.S. and Canadian diplomats.
The names of Netta Blatt-Sorek, and Asher Palmer and his son Yonatan, will be added to a memorial wall outside Jerusalem listing 300 Americans and Canadians who have fallen in Israel's wars, defensive actions and terrorist attacks, according to Donna Grushka, event co-chair of the Association of Americans and Canadians in Israel's National Memorial Ceremony, scheduled for September 24 in the AACI forest outside the capital.
Daniel B. Shapiro, U.S. ambassador to Israel, and Allen Brown, political counselor of the Canadian Embassy, are expected to attend the 3:30 P.M. ceremony, which is held annually during the period of the High Holy Days. "It is a Jewish tradition that at this time of the year we remember those who are no longer with us," Grushka said.
The scheduled keynote speaker is Sherri Mandell, the mother of Koby Mandell, who was killed in a terror attack in 2001. She and her husband, Rabbi Seth Mandell, founded the Koby Mandell Foundation, which runs programs for families who have been directly affected by terror in Israel.
Asher Palmer, the 24-year-old son of immigrants from New York and Michigan, was killed together with his year-old son Yonatan last September as he was driving toward Kiryat Arba, on the outskirts of Hebron. The incident was originally reported as a traffic accident, but police and Israel Defense Forces officials later concluded that the Palmers were victims of a terror attack; they determined that their car was pelted with rocks before it overturned and crashed.
Palmer, who served in the Israeli navy, was a resident of Kiryat Arba and an engineering student. His wife, Puah, gave birth to a daughter, Orit, almost five months after his death. He is also survived by his parents and five siblings.
Netta Blatt-Sorek, of Zichron Yaakov, was an Israeli native and naturalized U.S. citizen who disappeared in February 2010 after she left home for a five-day vacation at the monastery of Beit Jamal near Beit Shemesh. Police who found Blatt-Sorek's body originally ruled her death a suicide. But a year later, an investigation into a stabbing and murder in the Jerusalem Forest led police to members of a terror cell who confessed to killing Blatt-Sorek. Blatt-Sorek, 52, was an educator who taught at an Arab-Israeli school. She is survived by her husband, a daughter, her parents and a brother.
Those interested in transportation to the ceremony may contact AACI by phone at (03 ) 696-0389 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
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