Tragic Loss of Americans in Israel: A Look at the Victims
In a devastating attack in Israel, at least 22 Americans lost their lives, including a mother who shielded her son, a “pro-peace” academic, young festival attendees, and two brothers. The attack, initiated by Hamas, resulted in over 1,200 deaths in total. As the situation unfolds, families in the U.S. are anxiously awaiting information about their missing loved ones, while others are mourning the sudden loss of siblings, children, or parents.
Ilan Troen’s Heart-Wrenching Loss
Ilan Troen, a professor emeritus from Brandeis University in Massachusetts, tragically lost his daughter, Deborah, and son-in-law, Shlomi Matias, to Hamas militants during the attack. Their 16-year-old son, Rotem Matias, was also injured but survived thanks to his mother’s bravery. Deborah, who was a music enthusiast and had attended the Rimon School of Music, had a passion for music, stating that it was in her soul.
Hayim Katsman: A “Pro-Peace” Academic
Hayim Katsman, described as “very pro-peace” by family, was killed while advocating for a peaceful solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Noy Katsman, their sibling, recalls receiving the last message from Hayim, stating that there were terrorists in Kibbutz Holit. Tragically, Hayim was shot multiple times while in hiding, losing his life. Hayim was an emerging scholar in Israel Studies, holding a Ph.D. from the University of Washington’s Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies.
Roey Weiser: A Heroic Soldier
Israeli-American Roey Weiser, a 21-year-old sergeant, was stationed at the Kerem Shalom border crossing and lost his life while trying to divert terrorists’ attention to save others. He was known for putting others first, even before his conscription, as a volunteer firefighter who always rushed to help those in need. Despite being born to American parents, Roey was dedicated to serving in the Israeli Defense Forces.
Itay Glisko: A Lionhearted Fighter
A 20-year-old Israeli soldier, Itay Glisko, originally from New Jersey, fought valiantly against Hamas. His family received the heartbreaking news of his death after days of uncertainty. Itay, described as kind and generous, took care of wounded soldiers and continued to fight until the end, earning the respect of his fellow soldiers.
Aryeh Shlomo Ziering: A Passionate Defender
Aryeh Shlomo Ziering, a 27-year-old dual Israeli-American citizen, was a captain in the Israeli Defense Forces’ dog-handling unit. Although born and raised in Israel, his parents were from the U.S. and moved to Israel after their marriage. Aryeh, who was passionate about protecting his country, was a fun-loving, athletic individual who made a significant impact on those around him.
Danielle Waldman: A Promising Future Cut Short
Danielle Waldman, born in Palo Alto, California, attended a music festival in Israel with her boyfriend when they tragically lost their lives. Her father, Eyal Waldman, spoke of her plans to get married soon and their newly furnished apartment. Danielle was cherished by everyone who knew her and had a bright future ahead.
As more information becomes available about the American victims in Israel, their stories serve as a somber reminder of the human toll of conflicts. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families affected by this tragedy.