Three Israelis Killed in Istanbul Bombing Laid to Rest

Simcha Damri, 60, is buried in Dimona; Avraham Goldman, 69,buried in Holon and 40 year-old Yonatan Shor laid to rest in Kvutzat Shiller.

The three Israelis killed in Istanbul suicide bombing: Jonathan Shor, Simcha Damari and Avraham Goldman.
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The funerals of the three Israelis killed in the suicide bombing in Istanbul were held on Monday in Dimona, Kvutzat Shiller and Holon.

Five people who were moderately and seriously injured in the attack by an ISIS terrorist are still hospitalized at the Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hashomer and at the Soroka Medical Center in Be’er Sheva. 

Sixty-year-old Simcha Damri was buried at the Dimona cemetery. She is survived by four children, and a husband, Avi who was moderately injured in the attack.

Funeral procession for Simcha Damri, who was killed in a suicide attack in Istanbul and was buried at the Dimona cemetery. March 21, 2016.
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“I don’t know what happened. All the needy people and the ones you helped are crying now. We planned a birthday party for you. I’ll be strong for you, my children,” said a relative in Avi’s name.

Damri's son Nadav delivered a eulogy: “Family was the most important thing for you. We were good friends, you were the central pillar of this family.”

Nadav Damri related the conversation with his father informing him about the attack. 

“I won’t forget the last phone call with my father – ‘there was an attack and I was injured, but they can’t find mother, Listen to me - find her.’ That’s where our nightmare began.”

Funeral for Avraham Goldman, who was killed in a suicide attack in Istanbul and was buried in Holon. March 21, 2016.
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The funeral for Avi Goldman, 69, was held in the afternoon in Holon. He is survived by a wife and three children. Yonatan Shor, who was 40, was buried at Kvuzat Shiller and is survived by a wife and two small children.

Turkish media reported on Monday that the terrorist had followed the group of Israelis on Saturday before blowing himself up. A Turkish website reported that the bomber Mehmet Ozturk, lay in waiting for the group, in Turkey on a culinary trip, as they came out of their hotel.

According to Turkey's daily  Zaman newspaper he detonated his vest as they left the restaurant where they had eaten breakfast.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at a meeting of the Likud caucus on Monday that it still wasn’t clear if the Israelis were specifically targeted by the bomber and that Israeli intelligence was still investigating. The bombing also claimed the life of a fourth person, an Iranian national.