Those We Have Lost

Noy Shosh, 36: Fought terrorists outside his front door

Murdered by Hamas in Kibbutz Be’eri on October 7

Noy Shosh who was killed by Hamas in Be'eri on October 7, 2023.  (Courtesy)
Noy Shosh who was killed by Hamas in Be'eri on October 7, 2023. (Courtesy)

Maj. (res) Noy Shosh, 36, was killed while defending his family in their home in Kibbutz Be’eri on October 7.

His nephew, Lior Tarshansky, was also murdered in Be’eri on October 7, and his niece Gali Tarshansky was taken captive to Gaza. Gali was freed on November 29, 2023.

On the morning of October 7, Noy barricaded himself in his home’s safe room, along with his wife Mahol and their three children, Noga, 5, Netzer, 4, and Lavi, 1. He later left the safe room after realizing that terrorists had his house surrounded.

While blocking the door to the home with his body, Shosh was shot multiple times, in his arm and leg, but not before returning fire.

Rather than continuing to fight Shosh, the terrorists set the family’s home on fire.

In an interview with N12, Mahol recounted how before her husband lost consciousness and as the house started to fill with smoke, he told her to take the children and stand by an open window until help arrived, despite knowing that it meant she would not be able to help him.

“Noy and I are a team,” she said. “We were a team from the first moment, and even in that moment, he told me to do what needed to be done.”

“When there was no choice, we left,” she said. “I told him I love him and kissed him.”

Noy died of his wounds less than an hour before the IDF was able to successfully reach the house.

He was buried with a military funeral, as he was a member of the Be’eri local security team and was therefore retroactively recognized as a fallen soldier.

While he was barricading the entry to his home in order to prevent the terrorists from entering, he received a call telling him to report for duty, Mahol recounted. “He said to his commander ‘I’ll finish here and then join you in the north.'”

During his funeral in the military cemetery in Ness Ziona, his mother Miri Shosh said: “You were accompanied on your final journey by flagbearers, high-ranking soldiers, friends, neighbors, people who knew your grandmother, and a loving and embracing family. All of them paid tribute to you as in the sky, the sun peeks through the clouds and raindrops mourn your passing.”

Eulogizing Noy, his younger brother Raz said: “I always drew my values from you, you were a role model in my eyes, and now you are also a hero, there is no greater hero than you.”

His brother Or shared an emotional post on Facebook on October 12, lamenting his loss.

“I’m sorry I wasn’t there for you in the horrible hell you went through,” he wrote. “I promise you that from now on I will not leave you, I will always protect and care for Mahol, Noga, Netzer and Lavi. I will never forget you.”

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