Leon Holtz

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Leon Holtz lived in the United States and was murdered on 27/12/1969 by terrorists while traveling near Hebron.
He was 47 years old when he died and survived by his wife and child.
 
Israel Investigating Bus Ambush Which Cost Life of American Tourist
 
December 29, 1969
 
Israeli authorities are investigating the fatal ambush of a bus Saturday carrying American tourists. One man, identified as Leon Holtz, 48, of Brooklyn, was killed. The bus was returning to Jerusalem from the Negev when it was fired on near the village of Dura in the Hebron area. Holtz, hit in the chest, was rushed to Hebron where he died in an Army hospital.
 
Mr. Holtz was travelling with his wife, Esther. She was taken to Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem for treatment for shock. No other passengers were injured. Mrs. Holtz was informed of her husband’s death by Minister of Tourism, Moshe Kol. She said this was their first visit to Israel, a trip her husband had been planning for 20 years. The couple left their 14-year-old son at home. They arrived in Israel on Dec. 25.
 
Israeli authorities said the attack was the first on a civilian vehicle in the Hebron area in two months. Previous attacks have been made against trucks carrying Israeli sightseers and against private automobiles. Mr. Holtz’s death was the second American fatality in Israel, due to enemy action. Last June, a California school teacher was killed in a rocket attack near the Dead Sea.