My name is Nargiz Ostrovsky. I am 54 years old. I was born in Tbilisi, Georgia where I worked as an economist at the Finance Ministry. In 1996 I emigrated to Israel to be closer to my daughters Yelena and Natalya, who live in Ofakim. My daughter Yelena calls me a “wonderful woman and mother” and says she lucky to have me – but I think I am lucky to have my girls! I am also lucky to have met my new partner, Vitaly Brodsky, who emigrated here from Russia. We live together in Beersheba.
We are both Christian, and so were not immediately eligible for Israeli citizenship, but after many years I have finally received a call from the Ministry of the Interior to come pick my new identity card. I am so proud to call myself a Christian-Israeli. On August 31, 2004, Vitaly took off the day from working at his construction job to come with me to the Ministry. With my new Israeli ID card in hand, and a smile on my face, Vitaly and I visited the bank, did some shopping and boarded the Beersheba Number 6 bus around 3 PM to head home and celebrate my citizenship together!
On our bus was one of two Palestinian terrorists from Hebron – 22 year old construction worker Nassem Jabari and 26 year old store owner Ahmad Qawasme. Both came from prominent families and had known each other for years. The terrorists exploded suicide bombs on our bus and the Number 12 bus, just minutes apart, while traveling down Ranger Boulevard, near city hall. Myself, Vitaly and 14 others were murdered while another 100 people were injured. In response to my death, Hamas issued a statement reminding my family, “this is a gift to the newcomers who recently arrived to our land.”
My name is Nargiz Ostrovsky. I am 54 years old. And I am one of The Fallen Faces.
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