Remembering Hanan Barak and Pavel Slocker

November 24, 2016 22:51

Three years ago this week, on Thursday, 25 June, a Gazan terror cell launched a cross-border attack on an Israel Defence Forces post near Kibbutz Kerem Shalom in southern Israel. Lieutenant Hanan Barak from Arad and Sergeant Pavel Slocker from Dimona were killed by the terrorists and Gilad Shalit was kidnapped. I will write more about the week's events marking Gilad's three years of captivity, but for the moment I think it important to remember Hanan and Pavel.

Hanan Barak, aged 20, was an officer in the IDF's armored corps. He was born in Arad and graduated from ORT High School in the city. At his funeral, his girlfriend of the last two years, Orit Gino, told of how they had spoken of their dreams for the future, the home they wanted to have together and the children they hoped to raise.

Hanan's father descibed him as a regular student who had came into his own in the army, where he excelled and emerged as a leader.

"In addition to his success as a soldier, Hanan was an artist who drew pictures, particularly portraits," said his brother Yishai. "But he was pragmatic, so he was considering going into architecture after the army," he added. Among the many memories that flooded his mind after hearing of his brother's death was the way his brother had bonded with him, supporting him through a serious illness six years ago, when his brother was only 15. "I knew my hair was going to fall out, so I decided to shave it off. In solidarity with me, Hanan shaved his off as well," recalled Yishai.

Lt. Hanan Barak was buried in Arad. He is survived by his parents, David and Nela, his brother Yishai, and older sister.

Pavel Slocker, aged 20, came from Dimona He was the driver of the tank attacked by the terrorists, and was killed along with Barak.

Pavel immigrated to Israel with his family in 1991. He was an outstanding student, excelling particularly in mathematics and English. He planned to study medicine, for which he had been awarded a full scholarship from Bar Ilan University. A graduate of the Lehman high school in Dimona, principal Eliezer Ben-Sheetrit recalls him as an excellent student who was well-liked by all.

Staff-Sgt. Pavel Slocker was buried in Dimona's military cemetery. He is survived by his parents and older brother, Victor.

This information is posted on the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.

November 24, 2016 22:51

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