Tragedy for ex-Capetonian during Hamas attack on Israel 

Martine Gordon grew up in Cape Town, attending Herzlia School, from where she matriculated in 1984, and then the University of Cape Town. Her mother, Rhoda Gordon, still lives in our city – a resident of Highlands House. 

Martine went on Aliyah many years ago, and became a wife and a mother to six children. Tragically, the second youngest, Shoam Ben Harush, made the ultimate sacrifice in the defence of Israel and the Jewish people, passing away at the tender age of just 20 following a severe injury sustained during the Hamas attacks on 7 October.

The tragedy is huge for Martine’s family. But they are sustained by memories of a special young man – described as someone who was “…beautiful inside and out”.  His special nature is seen, too, in his desire to donate his organs to others in need of them, and so his memory lives on in the fortunate five other people who received a healthy heart, lungs, a liver and kidneys from a young man tragically taken at the very start of his adult life.

To Martine, Rhoda and the rest of the family, we in Cape Town extend our condolences and say, ‘Ha’makom yenachem – May God comfort you among the other mourners of Zion and Jerusalem’.

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