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81-year-old Israeli, grandfather of 13, murdered by a Palestinian genocide bomber
Faces of the Victims has published the story of Pinhas Tokatli, 81, who was murdered by a Palestinian genocide bomber that blew herself up in Jerusalem on 1/27/2002. Two Israelis were killed and over 140 wounded, including many women and children.
Pinhas Tokatli, born in the capital and a fifth generation Israeli, served in the Hagana, and worked in advertising. He died only a short distance from the spot on Jaffa Road where, in the 1940s, British soldiers beat him up, damaging his vision.
May God bless his memory. I copy the full article below.
January 27, 2002 - Pinhas Tokatli, 81, of Jerusalem was killed and about 150 people were wounded, several seriously, in a suicide bombing on Jaffa Road in the center of Jerusalem shortly before 12:30. The terrorist, who was killed in the explosion, was apparently a female student from Nablus.
Pinhas Tokatli, 81, killed in yesterday's Jerusalem suicide bombing, will be buried at 3 p.m. today at the Har Hamenuhot Cemetery.
Tokatli, born in the capital and a fifth generation Israeli, served in the Hagana, and worked in advertising. He died only a short distance from the spot on Jaffa Road where, in the 1940s, British soldiers beat him up, damaging his vision.
After retiring, he became interested in cycling and was one of the founders of the Jerusalem cycling club.
His son Gilad, 35, said his father went riding on his bicycle daily and had become an amateur painter. He had been coming home from a painting class via the downtown area, where he was going to buy some paints, when he was killed.
Police said Tokatli had been standing very close to the woman terrorist when she blew herself up.
Gilad described his father as a gentle man, who refused to grow old.
"My father hated the bus and used to walk or ride his bike," he said. The bicycle was left outside the family's home in the Kiryat Hayovel section, which is filled with dozens of Tokatli's paintings, many of his beloved Jerusalem.
Family members said Tokatli's grandchildren liked to paint with him.
He is survived by his wife Hanna, two sons, two daughters, and 13 grandchildren.
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