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In Memory of Danielle Shefi
A bit over a week ago, a Palestinian terrorist infiltrated Adora, an Israeli settlement in the West Bank, and started shooting at several homes firing on people in their bedrooms.
Danielle Shefi, 5, murdered
by Palestinian terrorists on 4/27/2002
Among the victims was Danielle Shefi, a 5 year old girl who was described as an "Israeli settler" by NPR and KQED (see the message I sent NPR/KQED for more details).
Faces of the Victims has information on all Israeli victims of Palestinian terrorism since Arafat, the Islamic Jihad, the Hamas and other Palestinian terrorists started their current campaign of killing.
I just saw they posted a picture of Danielle and her story. I include below the full description of the attack on Adora and the murder of Danielle Shefi:
April 27, 2002 - Apr 27, 2002 - Danielle Shefi, 5, of Adora, was one of four people killed when terrorists dressed in IDF uniforms and combat gear cut through the settlement's defensive perimeter fence and entered Adora, west of Hebron. The terrorists entered several homes, firing on people in their bedrooms
The attack took place at about 9 AM on Saturday morning in the hilltop community of Adora, northwest of Hebron. At least two terrorists, wearing IDF uniforms and flak jackets, armed with Kalashnikov and M-16 assault rifles, infiltrated the community. They entered several homes, killing 5-year-old Danielle Shefi, who was playing in her parents' bedroom, and Katrina Greenberg, asleep in her bedroom, and injuring seven others. Arik Becker and Ya'acov Katz were killed as they and others from the community's response team exchanged fire with the terrorists.
Ya'acov Shefi, a policeman who serves in the Hebron district, was attending Shabbat services in the synagogue when he heard gunshots. He raced toward his home and saw two people near the dining-room door wearing army uniforms and flak jackets. "I asked them what had happened. They didn't answer and began shooting at me," he said.
Unarmed, he ran to a neighbor's house in order to find out what had happened to his family, and learned his daughter had been killed and his wife and two sons wounded. "I saw my wife Shiri being carried out on a stretcher, and she called out, 'They murdered our daughter,' " he said.
Shiri was in the bedroom playing with her three children. A terrorist entered the bedroom and sprayed them with gunfire. She pushed the terrorist out, closed the door and hid with the children underneath the bed. She told them not to cry. Five-year-old Danielle, who was shot in the head, was killed. Eliad, 2, his brother, Uriel, 4, and their mother, Shiri, were lightly injured.
Ya'acov Shefi said: "Danielle, who never hurt anyone and who was taught to love and respect all human beings, Jew or Arab, was murdered in her parents' bedroom - which for her should have been the safest place."
Danielle Shefi was buried in Kiryat Gat. She is survived by her parents and two younger brothers.
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It's been more than a year, now, since the murder of Danielle, and I can not erase her from my mind. She was murdered on my own granddaughter's sixth birthday, and I remember, constantly, that poor little Danielle never got to have a sixth birthday. How horrible this is! May G-d have mercy on her parents and loved ones.
Posted by: Robert L. Hand at June 29, 2003 06:54 PM
Hi, I just wanted to kind of let the family of Danielle know that my name is Rachel and my family in Israel's last name is Shefi as well. Today in America we had a Super Bowl party and my friend gave me a bracelette with Dainelle's name and her age on it. Aparently these proceeds go to the victums families (thank goodness), but I wanted to let them know that I looked their child (or sibling or whoever she maybe to them) up online and she is beautiful. I am so sorry I had to meet her this way, but now she not only will live on in your hearts, but I promise to wear her name as well. I hope this post finds everyone in health and happiness. May Danielle's story not be another childs. Shalom- Rachel Schiff (Shefi)
Posted by: Rachel Schiff at February 7, 2005 01:20 AM
I'am from the Netherlands and this news is still shocking. In ou community we pray for her family.
Posted by: Jan at August 24, 2006 11:07 AM
60 years after Jewish children where murdered by Hitler's Nazis, once more Jewish children are being murdered while the world refuses to speak out.
This time Jewish children are being butchered by Arafat's PLO killers.
Today in the 21st Century, there are many new Ann Franks -this time dying in our own land.
I will never forget the face of 5 year old Danielle Shefi, who was coldly murdered by an Arab terrorist,
As she cowered under the bed in her parents bedroom.
I gaze at the picture of her pretty and innocent face, and wonder how it is that 60 years after Jewish children where led into Hitlers infernos, Jewish children can once again be butchered with such impunity
Why was this allowed to happen? Why was Danielles candle snuffed out so young?
I will never forget and I will never forgive.
I will never forgive the murderous Arabs who call themselves Palestinians, in order to force the Jewish people out of our ancestral homeland
, Or those who cruelly support the murderers.
Those in the media who daily whip up lies and hate against the brave people of Israel the same media that ignored the brutal murderer of Danielle, without a single picture, while every Palestinian killed results in emotional articles, with large pictures.
Then there are those cold-blooded academics in their ivory towers at the universities around the world, for whom hating Israel and glorifying Palestinian terror is their cause celebre.
Or the motley crew of hypocrites and dictators at the United Nations.
To all of you, I say, I hold you all personally responsible for this murder and all the other murders of
Men and women and children, whose only crime was being Jews, living in their ancestral homeland.
And I say to you will not succeed. May you be ashamed and cursed for what you have done.
May you flee and know no peace. May the blood of Danielle and other Jewish children, be visited upon you a thousand fold.
To Danielle, who is now in peace in heaven, I say to you, you I will never forget. Though I never met you, I will cherish your memory forever, and for you, I swear to live, and if necessary die, for the Jews of Eretz Yisrael.
Posted by: Gary Selikow at April 4, 2007 03:18 AM
As a counselor for Danielle's 2 younger brothers, Eliad and Uriel, in Camp Koby this past summer, I was able to hear this story from a primary source, Eliad, who was four at the time and still has scars from his bullet wounds. Not only is this story so heartbreaking, but it shakes me to see how much she resembles her brothers. I know that she, like them, would have grown up to be a wonderful person and it is tragic that she had her life cut short in this way. B'ezrat hashem, there will be peace soon, so there wil be no more horrible stories such as this one.
Posted by: Camp Koby Counselor at August 6, 2008 08:53 AM
Danielle and her family did not deserve what happened to them. Using violence against children to make a political point is vile. Danielle was innocent. But living in the west bank was a very powerful political statement her family was making. It's a statement that speaks against Palestinians having their own country and usually also one that would not want palestinians to become israeli citizens with equal civil and voting rights as this would destroy israel's majority jewishness. Basically its a statement that wants to keep the status quo as is with the palestinians denied civilian rights and freedoms, so that Israel can keep the land in the west bank. If the Palestinians remain without civil rights, there will never be peace. And the lives of israeli children will be at risk forever.
Posted by: taryn at October 27, 2009 09:54 AM
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