Hadas Malka was a resident of Moshav Givat Ezer in central Israel. She completed her mandatory military service in the Border Patrol, and then extended her service and became an officer. She was stabbed and killed by a terrorist while protecting the area of the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem. Her friends have described her as “fearless” and as “a real-life Wonder Woman.” She left behind her parents, three sisters, and two brothers.
Eliraz Peretz was born on August 11, 1978 in Ophira, a Jewish town in Sinai. His older brother, Uriel, was killed in Lebanon while serving in the IDF. Eliraz eulogized him saying, “sometimes there is a price to pay for the right path… the price of life.” Eliraz served as an officer in the Golani Brigade. He himself was killed in combat in Gaza on March 26, 2010 leaving behind his wife, son, and three daughters. Eliraz had once written to a friend, “one has to give all of himself… if you love, love with no limits…if you are going to be friends, be friends with no limits… if you are going to be a combat soldier, then without limits and give it your all.”
Ksaun Bayhesain was born on January 2, 1975 in Ethiopia, and moved to Israel with his family in 1989. In 1993, he enlisted in the IDF and served in the Northern Infantry Division. When Operation Protective Edge began in 2014 to put an end to rocket fire from Gaza, Kshaun was called up to the reserves as a Lieutenant Colonel. Because of a health issue, he was not meant to participate in his final mission but wanted to do so. He and two other soldiers were killed in combat. He is survived by his wife, son, and three daughters.
Shmuel Fishbein was born on January 4, 1923 in Romania. After studying in a religious school and participating in a Zionist youth movement, during World War II Shmuel was sent to the Auschwitz concentration camp where he was forced by the Nazis to place the bodies of those they murdered in furnaces to be cremated. After three months of this horrific task, prisoners were meant to be killed and replaced. Shmuel managed to escape but was eventually sent to another camp. However, he managed to survive that camp as well, in addition to a bout of typhus, and eventually married and moved to Israel. He served as a combat soldier in the War of Independence and was killed in battle on August 10, 1948. He was buried in the Nachalat Yitzhak military cemetery.