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One of L.A. shooting victims was to receive marriage proposal.
Flower-carrying El Al stewardesses,
may be a random act of violence."
weeping, stood outside the full
Jewish Telegraphic Agency
altered by AbdulZahab, who had
The daughter of a family whose
worked for a limousine service operat-
in the historical Israeli city of
ast week's attack at the Los
go back some 700 years, Hen
was eulogized by Rabbi Samuel Ohana
Airport that killed two
as a woman who sanctified God's
Hadayet, who had settled in the
Israelis had an added tragic
name by her presence and in joyfully
United States in 1992, asserted that
dimension — one of the victims was
fulfilling her duties.
the "Israelis tried to destroy the
slated to receive a marriage proposal
In addition to the two deaths,
Egyptian nation and the Egyptian
the next day.
Philips, a 61-year-old
Victoria Hen's parents revealed that
was shot in the right ankle
they had planned a surprise party for
during the attack and
On July 7, hundreds of
last Friday, at which Hen's fiance
underwent surgery at a
mourners filled the park-
would formally ask for her hand in
ing lot in front of Yad
FBI officials said
Avraham, a Sephardic
Instead her parents, Avinoam and
was carrying a
congregation in North
Rachel Hen, and her younger broth-
ers, Nimrod and Udi, spent the day
planning Victoria's funeral service,
limeter handgun and a 6-
a man of rare kindness,
which took place on July 7.
inch knife. When police
generosity, honesty and
Hen, 25, an El Al ticket agent, and
searched his apartment
devotion to his family
Yaakov Aminov, 46, were gunned
after the attack, they
down July 4 by Egyptian national
found a sign taped to his
Facing the tallit-draped
Hesham Mohamed Hadayet, 41.
door saying, "Read the
So far, U.S. authorities have been cau-
tious about characterizing the attack as
According to several
anything but a shooting carried out by
reports, Hadayet pulled
an individual, though Israeli officials say Angeles Mayor James
out a gun, shot Hen,
the attack resembles previous acts of ter- Hahn mourned "the trag-
then began firing at 80
Victoria He n, one of the
ic loss that has left a void
rorism against El Al and Jewish targets.
90 people who were
in the Los Angeles com-
Coming as it did on July 4, and
in line for El Al's
against Israelis and Jews, the attack -
to Toronto and
looks and feels like terrorism, Israeli
The bystanders immediately threw
taken, that a mother of five sits alone,
"From the way the attack was con-
themselves to the floor, but Hadayet
that he will no longer make kiddush
ducted, the way the gunman skipped
on Friday night?"
dozens of other foreign airline coun-
As Hadayet began shooting, an El
Tears flowed when Michael Shabtai,
ters to target El Al, our experience tells
security guard reportedly tackled
the friend whom Aminov, in a typical
us it is terrorism," Yuval Rotem,
to the ground, trying to wrestle
Israel's consul general in Los Angeles,
who is said to have been
His view was immediately backed by
powerfully built, around 5-foot-10 and
A fund has been established to sup-
senior Israeli officials, including
between 200 and 250 pounds, report-
port Aminov's pregnant wife, Anat,
Foreign Minister Shimon Peres and
edly struggled, and pistol-whipped the
and their five children, ranging in age
Transportation. Minister Efraim Sneh.
guard in the forehead.
from 2 to 9.
American authorities have taken a
security chief, Haim Sapir,
more cautious view, initially describing
jumped over the El Al
the shooting as an "isolated incident."
also tried to stop
At a news conference the day after the
Hadayet, who stabbed him in the
and an equal number listened outside
attack, FBI special agent Richard Garcia
back. Sapir then shot Hadayet, killing
during the funeral service for Hen.
took a slight step toward the Israeli
him, according to Israel's deputy con-
Hen had been on the El Al job for
interpretation by acknowledging that
sul general in Los Angeles, Zvi Vapni.
only two months, greeting and assist-
Hadayet apparently went to the airport
Hadayet, who settled in the United
ing passengers flying business class.
with the intention of killing people.
in 1992, may have had links to
As to his motives, "We are not ruling
Bin-Laden's top aide, according
out a hate crime," Garcia said. "We are
not ruling out terrorism completely and
manager for North America.
we are not ruling out" that the attack
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