On March 13, 1997, a group of 8th graders from Beit Shemesh were on a class trip to Naharayim Isle of Peace. Jordanian Corporal Ahmed Daqamseh opened fire on the girls, killing seven of them, and wounding an additional six girls before his M-16 rifle jammed and other Jordanian soldiers stopped him.
Daqamseh claimed no regrets for his action, other than that he did not succeed in killing all the girls. He was sentenced to life imprisonment, 25 years according to Jordanian law. Many Jordanians who opposed the Jordanian-Israeli peace treaty supported Daqamseh, King Hussein, however, visited each of the girl’s family during the week of shiva, Jewish mourning.
The victims, all from Beit Shemesh, were Adi Malka, Karen Cohen, Natali Alkalai, Nirit Cohen, Shiri Badayev, Sivan Fathi, and Ya’ala Meiri.
The memorial is located just outside of the Naharayim Isle of Peace. The memorial is known as the Hill of Picked Flowers Memorial.
Tip: To reach the memorial, take route 90 to Naharayim, by Ashdot Ya’akov.