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Israel Kibbutz Father - Emotional statement by man who lost wife and two sons in kibbutz shooting
11/11/2002
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TAPE: EF02/0957 IN_TIME: 23:59:06 DURATION: 1:19 SOURCES: CH2 RESTRICTIONS: DATELINE: Kibutz Metzar, 11 Nov 2002 SHOTLIST: 1. SOUNDBITE: (Hebrew) Avi Ohion, whose wife and two sons were killed in Kibbutz Metzer: "I always edited what you shot, every time you filmed people, and I listened to you expressing your condolences, afterward I would call my wife and ask her to hug the two boys. But the tragedy of the situation never really touched me. Now it's hurt me inside." 2. Wide of bodies being carried out of stretchers as voice continues 3. SOUNDBITE (Hebrew) Avi Ohion, whose wife and two sons were killed in Kibbutz Metzer: (Crying) "I am a child of 34 and now I will have to say kaddish (Jewish prayer for the dead) for two little children - it's an entire family. Noam, had two pacifiers, one in his mouth and one in his hand. This is how he would fall asleep. How can a man - if you can call him a man - shoot a boy with two pacifiers and kill him?" 4. Various still pictures of the two slain children as voice continues 5. SOUNDBITE (Hebrew) Avi Ohion, whose wife and two sons were killed in Kibbutz Metzer: "Three entire worlds have disappeared. They loved life so much." 5. Wide of Ohion being supported walking away STORYLINE: The father of two small boys shot as their mother read them a bedtime story late on Monday night spoke of his pain over the loss of his wife and children. Avi Ohion, a news editor for Israeli Channel Two, told his colleagues that although he had been editing news pictures for years, the true tragedy of such attacks had never hit him until now. "How can a man - if you can call him a man - shoot a boy with two pacifiers and kill him? " he said weeping. "Three entire worlds have disappeared. They loved life so much." The gunman, from the Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigade, a militia linked to Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's Fatah movement, crawled under a security fence in Kibbutz Metzer, just before midnight on Sunday and went on a 20-minute shooting spree before vanishing toward the West Bank, about a kilometer (less than a mile) away. Ohion's wife and their sons Noam, 4, and Matam, 5, were among five Israelis killed in the attack. Kibbutz Metzer, largely made up of immigrants from Argentina and their descendants, belongs to the leftist Hashomer Hatza'ir movement. Members of the community said they have close relations with their Arab neighbors and support the establishment of a Palestinian state.
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