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The Detroit Jewish News, 2002-07-12

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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."
some
weeping, stood outside the full
This
portrait
was
subsequently
Jewish Telegraphic Agency
chapel.
altered by AbdulZahab, who had
The daughter of a family whose
worked for a limousine service operat-
Los Angeles
roots
in the historical Israeli city of
New
York
ed
by
Hadayet
and
told
the
ast week's attack at the Los
Safed
go back some 700 years, Hen
that
his
former
boss
was
viru-
Times
Angeles International
was eulogized by Rabbi Samuel Ohana
lently anti-Israel.
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.
Sarah
Philips, a 61-year-old
population
by
sending
prostitutes
with
Victoria Hen's parents revealed that
Canadian,
was shot in the right ankle
AIDS
to
Egypt,"
Zahab
said.
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
local hospital.
ing lot in front of Yad
marriage.
FBI officials said
Avraham, a Sephardic
Instead her parents, Avinoam and
Hadayet
was carrying a
congregation in North
Rachel Hen, and her younger broth-
45-caliber
semiautomatic
Hollywood,
Calif,
to
ers, Nimrod and Udi, spent the day
Glock
pistol,
a 9-mil-
hear
Aminov
eulogized
as
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
and Judaism.
down July 4 by Egyptian national
found a sign taped to his
Facing the tallit-draped
Hesham Mohamed Hadayet, 41.
door saying, "Read the
casket
of
the
46-year
old
So far, U.S. authorities have been cau-
Koran."
owner
of
a
jewelry
distri-
tious about characterizing the attack as
According to several
bution
company,
Los
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.
tims.
to
90 people who were
shooting
vic
in the Los Angeles com-
Coming as it did on July 4, and
waiting
in line for El Al's
munity
and
each
of
us."
against Israelis and Jews, the attack -
single
outbound
flight,
to Toronto and
"How
can
it
be,"
said
Rabbi
Aron
looks and feels like terrorism, Israeli
ultimately
to
Tel
Aviv.
Tendler,
"that
this
righteous
man
was
officials said.
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
hit Aminov.
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
Al
security guard reportedly tackled
the friend whom Aminov, in a typical
us it is terrorism," Yuval Rotem,
him
to the ground, trying to wrestle
gesture,
had
offered
to
drive
to
the
air-
Israel's consul general in Los Angeles,
the
gun
away.
port
for
a
flight
to
Israel,
recounted
-
told JTA.
Hadayet,
who is said to have been
Aminov's
last
moments.
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.
security
guard in the forehead.
from 2 to 9.
American authorities have taken a
El
Al's
security chief, Haim Sapir,
In
the
afternoon,
some
250
mourners
more cautious view, initially describing
then
reportedly
jumped over the El Al
crammed
into
the
chapel
at
the
Eden
the shooting as an "isolated incident."
ticket
counter,
and
also tried to stop
Memorial
Park
in
Mission
Hills,
Calif.,
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.
States
in 1992, may have had links to
"Vicky
had
a
talent
to
take
care
of
As to his motives, "We are not ruling
Osama
Bin-Laden's top aide, according
people
and
problems
with
a
smile,"
out a hate crime," Garcia said. "We are
to
an
Arabic-language
newspaper, the
said
Michael
Mayer,
El
Al
general
not ruling out terrorism completely and
London-based Al-Hayat.
manager for North America.
we are not ruling out" that the attack

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