‘They have taken a life and dev­as­tated our fam­ily’

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lives in Is­rael and there’s an ac­cep­tance of the kind of vi­o­lence around them,” he said.

Mrs Katz has four chil­dren – Ronit, 46, Yarive, 40, Yonatan, 37 and Mr Kaye’s wife, Orly, 43. Yarive and Yonatan live near Sderot, where “rock­ets are com­ing in ev­ery week. To the rest of the world, it looks like sport”.

Mr Kaye said his own chil­dren, Jor­dan, 16, and Gef­fen, one, who live with him and his wife in Hen­don, North Lon­don, have taken it badly, es­pe­cially since his own mother died of can­cer three months ago.

“Jor­dan is in­con­solable,” he said. “He has just lost two grand­moth­ers in the space of two months. It’s just aw­ful at that age. He’s got his GC­SEs com­ing up but I said he should go to Is­rael to be with the fam­ily. That’s more im­por­tant.

“Orly is in se­vere shock. She [Mrs Katz] was such a gentle and beau­ti­ful lady and you just can’t imag­ine her hav­ing such a vi­o­lent end. It was in­stant so at least we can thank God for that. She ac­tu­ally came over in De- cem­ber on her own to say good­bye to my mum and that was the last time I saw her.” His fa­ther, Ivor, a mem­ber of Stan­more syn­a­gogue, said: “They have taken a life and they have dev­as­tated a fam­ily. She had four chil­dren, five grand­chil­dren and so much love and de­vo­tion from all the mem­bers of the Kib­butz.”

The fam­ily had planned to go to Is­rael next week to cel­e­brate their grand­mother’s 70th birth­day. Mrs Katz’s hus­band Rafi, who died three years ago, was a lead­ing light of the kib­butz. Mrs Katz is sur­vived by her own mother, who is 98 and lives in Ne­tanya.

On Wed­nes­day even­ing, a Katyushatype rocket hit a shopping cen­tre in Ashkelon, in­jur­ing at least 10 peo­ple, three of them se­ri­ously. The Pop­u­lar Front for the Lib­er­a­tion of PalestineGen­eral Com­mand said they had launched the mis­sile.

Prime Min­is­ter Ehud Olmert told the Pres­i­dent’s Con­fer­ence, in the pres­ence of Ge­orge Bush: “Just a few hours ago, I had the op­por­tu­nity, to­gether with the min­is­ter of de­fence, Gen­eral Barak, to ex­press our con­cerns [to Ge­orge Bush] about the se­cu­rity of the peo­ple in the south of the state of Is­rael. The pres­i­dent came for a mis­sion of peace. And he was re­ally aware of the com­plex­i­ties, the sen­si­tiv­i­ties, the fears that so many Is­raelis have in the face of liv­ing in the south of our coun­try. What hap­pened to­day is en­tirely in­tol­er­a­ble and un­ac­cept­able. The gov­ern­ment of Is­rael is com­mit­ted to stop it, and we will take the nec­es­sary steps to en­sure it stops.”

PHOTO: VICKY AL­HAD­EFF

Paul Kaye: ‘It looks like sport’

Shuli Katz: the rocket landed less than a me­tre from where she stood

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