Israeli victim had `amazing ambition'
The Israeli-Arab businessman who was killed in the Amman terrorist bombings Wednesday night, Husam Fathi Mahajna, was buried yesterday evening in the northern town of Umm al-Fahm.
Mahajna, 36, is survived by a wife, daughters aged 10 and seven, and a seven-month-old boy."Husam tried to persuade me to come on the trip, and at the last minute I decided not to go," his close friend and partner, Mohammed Yusef Jabrin, said yesterday. "I'm starting to think about what would have happened if I'd been with him. I would have been killed, or maybe we would have been somewhere else, and then I would have saved him."
Mahajna was well known in the Wadi Ara region, where he ran a successful paint manufacturing business, and where he recently set up private medical emergency clinics with Jabrin.
"This guy had amazing ambition," Jabrin said. "He frequently said he would become one of the biggest paint salesmen in the country."
Mahajna's business took him to Jordan regularly. "He told me this was his 144th visit to Jordan in the past three years. He had lots of friends in Amman and felt at home there," Jabrin said. "I was with him on some of the visits, and we never feared for our safety."
Mahajna left home Wednesday afternoon for the Amman Grand Hyatt, where friends were waiting. Jabrin could not reach him on his mobile after the attacks, but was relieved by reports of no Israeli casualties. "In the morning, I spoke with his brother and he told me Husam was critically wounded and died in te morning," he said