12 victims of Haifa suicide bombing to be buried Tuesday
Twelve victims of the suicide bombing in Haifa are to be laid to rest Tuesday, two days after the funerals of the other seven killed in the attack.
By Sunday, all of the victims were identified, including three children and a baby. Among the victims were three generations of the Zer-Aviv family from Kibbutz Yagur, four members of the Almog family from Haifa and local television reporter Mark Biano and his wife, Naomi.
The victims of the Haifa bombing are: Irena Sofrin, Kiryat Bialik; Nir Regev, 25, Netanya; Bruria Zer-Aviv, 49, Kibbutz Yagur; Bezalel Zer-Aviv, 30, Kibbutz Yagur; Keren Zer-Aviv, 29, Kibbutz Yagur; Liran Zer-Aviv, 4, Kibbutz Yagur; Noya Zer-Aviv, 14 months, Kibbutz Yagur; Mark Biano, 30, Hafia; Naomi Biano, 30, Haifa; Osama Najar, 28, Haifa; Matan Askarkabi, Haifa; Sherbel Matar, 23, Fassouta; Hana Francis, 39, Fassouta; Ze'ev Almog, 71, Haifa; Ruth Almog, 70, Haifa; Moshe Almog, 43, Haifa; Tomer Almog, 9, Haifa; Asaf Staier, 11, Haifa; Zvi Bahat, Haifa.
The funeral for the Zer-Aviv family members will take place at 3 P.M. at Kibbutz Yagur. The members of the Almog family will be buried at 3:30 P.M. in Haifa cemetery.
Irena Sofrin, of Kiryat Bialik, will be laid to rest at 3:30 P.M. at the cemetery in Tsur Shalom. Zvi Bahat will be buried at at 1:30 in Kibbutz Afek.
Of the 60 people wounded in the attack, 25 are still in hospital, including a three-year-old boy in critical condition and four others - among them two children - with serious injuries.
Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attack, identifying the bomber as 29-year-old Hanadi Jaradat, a trainee lawyer from the West Bank city of Jenin. Early Sunday morning, the IDF razed the Jenin home of Jaradat.
Jaradat's brother Salah and a cousin, both Islamic Jihad militants, were killed in June by IDF troops. This is the fourth time that Palestinian terrorists have dispatched a female suicide bomber into Israel.
Jaradat apparently entered Israel between the towns of Baka al-Garbiyeh, which is inside Israel, and Baka al-Sharkiyeh, in the West Bank, in an area in which the separation fence has not yet been completed.
Abdullah al-Shami, one of Jihad's leaders, told reporters in the Gaza Strip that "the attack proves the failure of all the Zionist security measures taken, including the closure [of the borders with the Palestinian territories] and the racist isolation security fence."
Al-Shami denied the attack had any specific political dimension, adding that the lack of attacks against Israel over the last few weeks was not a result of a political decision by the Palestinian militants.
"Halting attacks against the Zionist entity was a result of difficulties Palestinian militants faced on the ground," he said, adding that attacks are carried out as soon as militants find it possible.
The general manager of Maccabi Haifa soccer team, Itamar Chizik, technical manager Arieh Burstein and team coach Ronni Levi were in the restaurant at the time of the blast, team captain Arik Benado said, adding that the three were lightly wounded.
"We were sitting with our sides toward the door of the restaurant, we didn't see who came in," said Chizik. "We felt an explosion and then everyone around us was either wounded or dead."