David Marcus


Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs
15 Nov 2002
St.-Sgt. David Marcus
Nov 15, 2002 - St.-Sgt. David Marcus, 20, of Ma'aleh Adumim, was one of 12 people killed -- nine soldiers and three civilians from the Kiryat Arba emergency response team -- and 15 wounded in Hebron when Palestinian terrorists opened fire and threw grenades at a group of Jewish worshipers and their guards as they were walking home from Sabbath Eve prayers at the Cave of the Patriarchs.
The security personnel returned fire and pursued the attackers in a battle lasting some 90 minutes. Three terrorists were killed in the attack, which was claimed by the Islamic Jihad.
Marcus served in the Nahal and was one of three soldiers killed in the first burst of fire by the terrorists, who were disguised as Jewish worshipers.
Marcus immigrated from Russia six years ago with his father, Immanuel, and brother, Vitali, who is a warrant officer in the Armored Corps. The family lives in Ma'ale Adumim, but Marcus's mother, Frieda, remained in Russia.
Vitali related: "David would tell me every day on the phone that everything was alright and that the settlers gave them fruit and drinks and that the whole sector was quiet. But I never believed him. I always knew that he was in danger, but he didn't talk about it with us so we wouldn't worry.
St.-Sgt. David Marcus is survived by his parents, Immanuel and Frieda, and brother, Vitali. He was buried at Mount Herzl Military Cemetery.