Shimi Rouimi Garden Dedicated in Ofakim.
(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
Garden established in memory Shimi Rouimi, who was murdered in a terrorist attack on Dizengoff St. in Tel Aviv on Jan 1st. "We have chosen life, and that is our revenge for Shimi’s murder," said his mother Iris Rouimi.
Shimi Ruimi was brutally murdered together with Alon Bakal by an Arab terrorist on January 1, 2016, while sitting with friends at a pub in Tel Aviv. Shimi was born in the Negev city of Ofakim, and in his memory, Shimi’s Garden was dedicated in KKL-JNF’s Ofakim Park.
“I hope to see this site flourish and bloom. I hope that everyone who visits here will be inspired by Shimi’s legacy. We need to be united and loving to each other, not to allow evil to penetrate. We have chosen life, and that is our revenge for Shimi’s murder," said Iris Ruimi, the mother of Shimon (Shimi) Ruimi, at the dedication ceremony of a garden in his memory in Ofakim Park on Wednesday, 27th of January. Shimi was born and raised in Ofakim, and along with family and friends, over 300 children from youth movements and the schools that Shimi attended participated in the ceremony.
That Wednesday would have been Shimi’s 31st birthday, and 31 trees were planted in his memory. Leah Fadida, KKL-JNF's national director of Tu Bishvat events, read aloud greetings from KKL-JNF World Chairman Danny Atar: “Everyone who knew Shimi described him as someone whom everybody loved. He was killed for one reason only – because he was a Jew living in the land of Israel. Shimi loved life, and the trees planted here today symbolize life. The young saplings will grow and be witnesses to Shimi’s short but beautiful life.”
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