16 year-old Israeli girl murdered by Palestinian suicide bomber

Faces of the Victims has published the story of Rachel Thaler, a 16-year-old Israeli girl who was murdered by a Palestinian genocide bomber.

The Palestinian Arab/Muslim suicide bomber deliberately chose as his bloodshedding target a crowd of Jewish children sitting at the pizzeria in the town of Karnei Shomron. Three children died and over 30 were wounded in the barbaric attack.

Rachel Thaler, 16, murdered by a Palestinian Terrorist
Rachel Theler had gone on Saturday night to the local Yuvalim Mall in Karnei Shomron with his brother, Lior. Since its opening six months ago, the mall has become a popular meeting place for local youth. Rachel, who suffered a critical head injury in the bombing, never regained consciousness. She died 12 days later. Her family donated her organs for transplant. The condition of Rachel's brother, Lior, 14, who was also seriously injured, has improved greatly.

Rachel was the oldest of the family's three children. Her parents - Ganette, from England, and Michael, from the US - moved to the Ginot Shomron neighborhood five years ago, and were divorced three years later. Michael had moved back to the US, while Ganette remained in Ginot Shomrom with the children.

Rachel studied at the Ulpana in Dolev. Eliraz Smet, Rachel's guide in the Ulpana, said "She always had a smile on her face. We would aske her to teach us how she always kept the smile, even with what's going on."

Rachel Theler was buried in Karnei Shomron. She is survived by her parents and two brothers, Lior and Zvi.

May God bless her memory. I copy her full story below.





Rachel Thaler, 16
Faces of the Victims
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Feb 27, 2002 - Rachel Thaler, 16, of Ginot Shomron died of wounds suffered on February 16 when a suicide bomber blew himself up at a pizzeria in the shopping mall in Karnei Shomron in Samaria, bringing the death toll in the attack to three.

Rachel Theler had gone on Saturday night to the local Yuvalim Mall in Karnei Shomron with his brother, Lior. Since its opening six months ago, the mall has become a popular meeting place for local youth. Rachel, who suffered a critical head injury in the bombing, never regained consciousness. She died 12 days later. Her family donated her organs for transplant. The condition of Rachel's brother, Lior, 14, who was also seriously injured, has improved greatly.

Ganette Theler said she had donated her daughter's organs, because she thought it was important that other people benefit from her tragedy, especially during this time of so many terrorist attacks. "I feel that part of my daughter is living in two other people who gained life from her donation. I know that's what my daughter would have wanted," she said.

Rachel was the oldest of the family's three children. Her parents - Ganette, from England, and Michael, from the US - moved to the Ginot Shomron neighborhood five years ago, and were divorced three years later. Michael had moved back to the US, while Ganette remained in Ginot Shomrom with the children.

"It hasn't been easy for her. Not long ago, Ganette discussed the possibility of moving to the US. Rachel came to me and asked me to persuade her mother to remain," Vered Cohen, a family friend and neighbor, said.

Rachel studied at the Ulpana in Dolev. Eliraz Smet, Rachel's guide in the Ulpana, said "She always had a smile on her face. We would aske her to teach us how she always kept the smile, even with what's going on."

Rachel Theler was buried in Karnei Shomron. She is survived by her parents and two brothers, Lior and Zvi.

Posted by David Melle
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I was just browsing through the internet when i thought 'hey, lets write Rachel's name in and see if theres a picture of her' because i didnt have one and i miss her soo much! So i wrote her name in thinking that i wouldnt find anything and then up pops some pictures of her and i was completely shocked! I used to know Rachel and i looked up to her because when i moved to israel at the age of 9 i was very scared and affraid and it was very hard because i had to learn a new language and make new friends and i had a hard time with my work, so the headteacher decided to let one one of the year 6 students help me with any work that i had and the student just so happened to be Rachel Thayler. She was one of the most nicest and most loving person i had ever met, she was an angel sent just for me and i truely respected that and really looked up to her and admired her. After a year when Rachel went to highschool i didnt see much of her but i remember that one shabbat when i was in the park with my friends and se came walking by and she just had this amasing thing that whenever she would walk in a room it would just light up, its almost as if she had this resognating light that beamed from miles away andyou couldnt help but to smile! And she walked over to me and hello and i was so happy because she just gave of this amazing ora which made you feel safe and secure and happy and full of life. I think that was the last time i ever saw her again apart from the news andodd newspapers and pictures. I still keep some of them and look at them from time to time. So i just wanted to say that i think that its really nice to see articles about her and that people respect her and want to let other people know what had happened and what an amazing person she truely was. So thank you!
-Tali Burnley

Posted by: Tali Burnley at April 17, 2005 08:14 AM


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