In Memoriam

In Memoriam

The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune - June 12 and 14, 2001

Jan Bloom, 25
Marina Borokovsky, 17
Roman Dezanshvili, 21
Roman Gurokhovsky, 20
Ilya Gutman, 14
Anya Kazachkov, 16
Katherine Kastaniyada-Talkir, 15
Aleksei Lupalu, 16
Mariana Madbaneko, 16
Irena Nefminiyashachi, 16
Yelena Nelimov, 18
Yulia Nelimov, 16
Raisa Nimrovsky, 15
Diez (Dani) Normanov, 21
Simona Rodin, 18
Ori Shahar, 32
Liana Sakiyan, 16
Yael-Yulia Sklianik, 15
Maria Tagilchev, 14
Irena Usdachi, 18

On June 1, a Palestinian terrorist, outfitted as a human bomb, took the lives of 20 Israelis and wounded more than 120 outside a Tel Aviv discotheque. The Israeli youths came out that night simply to have fun. The Palestinian terrorist came with one goal – to kill and maim as many Israelis as he could.

Since Yasser Arafat rejected out of hand Israel’s far-reaching offer last summer to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a calculated campaign of terrorism has been launched against Israelis wherever they live, work, shop and mingle. Turning young Palestinians into suicide bombers has been integral to this diabolical strategy.

The Israeli people have yearned for peace since their nation’s founding in 1948. When Egypt’s President Anwar Sadat and Jordan’s King Hussein demonstrated the courage and vision to achieve peace, they found an eager partner in Israel.

As we mourn the victims of Palestinian terrorism, we stand in full solidarity with the government and people of Israel in their continuing quest for peace and security.

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