Eyal Yehoshua Yeberbaum

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Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs
 
26 Sep 2003
 
Eyal Yeberbaum
                         
Sept 26, 2003 - Eyal Yeberbaum, 27, of Negohot, south of Hebron, was killed in his home during the holiday meal on the eve of Rosh Hashana when a Palestinian terrorist who infiltrated the settlement opened fire with an M-16 assault rifle.
 
The terrorist infiltrated the settlement in the southern Hebron hills at around 9:00 P.M., through an area not enclosed by a fence. Armed with an M-16 assault rifle, he knocked on the door of the Yeberbaum caravan home on the edge of the settlement, where the couple was having the Rosh Hashana meal with guests. Eyal, armed with a pistol, went to the door and was shot by the terrorist. Though mortally wounded, he managed to close the door. The terrorist continued to spray the caravan from outside with automatic fire, killing seven-month-old Shaked Avraham and lightly wounding two others, before he was killed by IDF reservists. The Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attack, carried out by a terrorist released from Israeli prison just two months ago.
 
Eyal Yeberbaum attended the yeshiva high school in Efrat and went on to complete his army service in the artillery, combining military service with study at the Otniel hesder yeshiva. He and his fellow students at Otniel were among the founders of Negohot. Last year he married Sarah Rosenberg; they had no children. Eyal worked at a Discount Bank branch in Kiryat Gat and was a student at the Ahva regional college.
 
Eyal Yeberbaum was buried in Rehovot. He is survived by his wife Sarah, and his parents, David and Shoshana.