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5 Americans Among the Victims in Jerusalem

August 21, 2003|From Associated Press

JERUSALEM — A U.S. Embassy official on Wednesday identified five American citizens who were among the 20 people killed by a suicide bombing Tuesday on a Jerusalem bus.

Among them were Mordechai Reinitz, 47, and his son, Yitzhak, 18. They were residents of the Israeli coastal town of Netanya and had dual Israeli-American citizenship, said the embassy spokesman, Paul Patin.

Their hometown in the U.S. was not immediately known.

Two other American victims were Goldie Taubenfeld, 43, and her 5-month-old son, Shmuel, who were visiting from New Square, N.Y., Patin said.

About 50 mourners attended a funeral for Taubenfeld and her son in Jerusalem on Wednesday.

"We mourn her brutal murder and the loss of our beloved Shmuel," the Taubenfeld family said in a statement released at a news conference in Pearl River, N.Y.

Taubenfeld and her husband, Moishe, had 13 children. New Square is a tightly knit community of 4,700 Hasidim in New York City's northern suburbs.

The fifth victim was identified as Tihilla Nathanson, 3, of Monsey, N.Y.

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