Saturday 18 May 2019


Hamas attempted to bomb the HaSharon shopping mall in the Israeli city of Netanya.  At around 11:30am a man wearing a long coat approached the entrance to the mall, but was stopped by a security guard.  The guard was right to be suspicious as the man was concealing explosives on his body and blew himself up on the spot.  Five shoppers were killed and dozens more injured, but remarkably the guard survived.  By stopping the bomber from entering the mall his actions had undoubtedly saved many more from death and injury.

"I looked him in the eye and he blew himself up.  I didn't see him push a button.  He just exploded and disappeared.  I saw a big fire and smoke coming from him".
Lior Kamisa, security guard

The bomber was named as 20-year-old Mahmoud Ahmed Marmash from the West Bank.  Israel responded by bombing Palestinian security forces in the West Bank with warplanes.  The same mall was attacked by two more suicide bombers in 2005.

The five dead were named as follows, all civilians.

Tirza Polonsky, 66, from Moshav Kfar Haim, married with five children.  A retired teacher, she went to the mall every Friday.
Vladislav Sorokin, 34, from Netanya, married with one child.  A Ukrainian immigrant who had only arrived in Israel six months earlier, Vladislav was helicopter technician.  His wife and six-year-old were seriously injured in the attack.
Yulia Tratiakova, 21, from Netanya.  A friend of the Sorokin family, she had gone with them to the mall that day.
Miriam Waxman, 51, from Hadera, married with two children.  A teacher, she had been shopping with her husband who was seriously injured.
David Yarkoni, 53, from Netanya.  Originally from India, a gardener by trade.