Federation Collecting Donations for Bulgaria Terror Victims

July 23, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Posted in Action Alerts | Leave a comment
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Smoke rising from the terror attack in BulgariaThe Fund for the Victims of Terror, operated by The Jewish Agency for Israel and made possible by contributions to the Jewish Federation of Cleveland and Jewish Federations across North America, will provide financial assistance to Israelis wounded in the attack in Bulgaria and to the families of those killed.

Bulgarian authorities have now established that a suicide bomber, carrying an apparently fake U.S. passport, blew up a bus carrying newly arrived Israeli tourists, outside the airport of the resort city of Burgas. Six Israeli tourists and the Bulgarian bus driver were killed in the attack, as was the suicide bomber.

A team of Israeli doctors and first responders, led by Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center Dir.-Gen. Prof. Gabriel Barbash, along with Foreign Affairs Ministry professionals and security personnel flew directly to Burgas following the attack and an extended team from Israel a few hours later. Shortly afterwards, Israel Air Force Hercules transport planes airlifted 32 of the wounded Israelis back to Israel. Another plane load of the injured will be flown back to Israel later today. An additional three Israeli victims in critical condition will remain hospitalized in Bulgaria.

The Fund for the Victims of Terror, established in 2002, provides financial assistance to victims of terror in Israel. Since its establishment, the fund — which is sustained by contributions from Jewish Federations, philanthropic foundations and donors around the world — has enabled The Jewish Agency to provide thousands of terror victims and their families with assistance at a scope of more than NIS 100 million.

Contributions to the Fund for Victims of Terror may be made online, by calling 216-593-2846, or by check, made payable to the Jewish Federation of Cleveland and sent to:

Jewish Federation of Cleveland
P.O. Box 74320
Cleveland, OH  44194-4320

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