Almost three years after the deadly explosion of a suicide bomber at the “Park” hotel in Netanya, Lt. Sherry Ben Oriya is back on duty. Lt. Ben Oriya was badly injured and lost her father at the explosion.
Translated by: Nikolai Avrutov
The terrorist attack, also known as “Passover Massacre” was a suicide bombing carried out by Hamas at the Park Hotel in Netanya, in spring 2002. The bombing took place during a traditional “Passover Seder” dinner, killing 30 civilians, and injuring another 140. Many of the victims were elderly, some of them – Holocaust survivors.
It was a long period of rehabilitation for Sherry. She underwent multiple surgeries, and required a close and ongoing medical attention. Lately, upon full recovery Sherry returns to the air force ranks, where she will be serving at the rehabilitation department. In her new role, she will support injured soldiers during their rehabilitation process.
At a special ceremony, attended by Deputy Chief of General Staff Danny Halutz, head of Air Force Human Resources Brig. Gen. Dani Ganot, and Sherry’s family, she was presented with a promotion from Second Lieutenant to Lieutenant.