The latest act of vandalism has become a regular feature of the Palestinian days of rage in the West Bank over US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
It is the fourth time Gonen’s memorial has been destroyed by Palestinians near Ein Buvin spring, where his life was snatched. Gonen’s friend, Netanel Hadad, was also moderately wounded in the attack.
“Every time this happens I feel like they have murdered Danny again,” said his mother, Devorah Gonen.
The last time Gonen’s memorial was vandalized was in April this year. After receiving the news that Gonen’s memorial had been smashed to pieces, Devorah said she wrote to Binyamin Brigade commander Yuval Gaz.
“This is what a lack of responsibility looks like, this is how the army’s inaction looks. It is inconceivable that a memorial monument for Danny is destroyed for a fourth time and no appropriate answer is given,” she wrote.
The terror attack took place in June 2015 at the height of the wave of terror in Israel when Gonen and a friend had finished swimming in the Ein Buvin spring, located in a mountainous area between the settlement of Dolev and the Palestinian village of Dayr Ibzi.
As they made their way by car toward the main road, they were flagged down by a Palestinian who appeared to need help.
When the two stopped their car, the man asked, "Is there water in the spring?" before he shot them at point-blank range.
Gonen was shot in the upper body and was transferred, unconscious and critically wounded, to Tel Hashomer Hospital by IDF helicopter where he was pronounced dead. His friend was moderately wounded. In January this year, the terrorist received two life sentences.