Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Breaking News: Terror Attack in Bulgaria

The Jewish Federation of San Diego County received breaking news from Secure Community Network (SCN) a national Jewish security agency affiliated with the Federation movement.

The Jewish Federation and JCRC of San Diego County condemn in the strongest possible terms today’s heinous attack on a tour bus carrying Israeli travelers in Bulgaria.

An explosion rocked a tour bus carrying Israeli travelers at the Sarafovo International airport in the Bulgarian vacation city of Burgas earlier today. The attack occurred shortly after a charter flight arrived from Israel and the 170 passengers boarded buses to shuttle from the plane to the terminal. Initial reports indicate that at least 7 Israelis and a Bulgarian tour guide were killed and over 30 others were wounded in the bombing.

This horrific act of terrorism comes on the 18th anniversary of the Iranian sponsored bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in which 85 people were killed.

In a statement made today, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded to the attack: “All signs point towards Iran. Over the last few months we have seen Iran’s attempts to attack Israelis in Thailand, India, Georgia, Kenya, Cyprus and other countries. Exactly 18 years to the day after the horrendous attack on the Jewish Community Center in Argentina, deadly Iranian terrorism continues to strike at innocent people. This is a global Iranian terror onslaught and Israel will react firmly to it.”

White House press secretary Jay Carney said President Barack Obama’s “thoughts and prayers are with the families of those killed and injured.” Carney added that the US stood with the Israeli people and the people of Bulgaria.

The Federation and JCRC condemn the loss of life and stand in solidarity with Israel on this tragic day. The Jewish Federation of San Diego County extends our sympathy to the families of the victims of this heinous crime. May the victims and their families be comforted and may the wounded find a speedy and full recovery.

Click for the story in Jerusalem Post.


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