April 23, 2007 / 5 Iyar 5767
Within the framework of events marking Remembrance Day for Israel’s fallen soldiers and terror victims, the Jewish Agency initiated a special ceremony that also commemorated the memory of Jews around the world that were killed in acts of terror and anti-Semitism. The ceremony was conducted in partnership with the World Zionist Organization, United Jewish Communities (UJC), Keren Hayesod and the Jewish National Fund. According to statistics compiled by the Jewish Agency, 200 Jews were killed in acts of terror around the world from since 1948.
Representatives of grieving families participated in the ceremony. Debora Malamud, the daughter of Andres Malamud, who was killed in the fatal attack on the Jewish Community Center building in Buenos Ares (AMIA) in July 1994, in which 85 people were killed, participated in the ceremony, lighting a torch in memory of the deceased. This year, Debora is participating in MASA, the gateway to long-term Israel programs jointly sponsored by the Jewish Agency and the Israeli government.
Debora Malamud next to the memorial at the Jewish Agency where her
father Andres' name appears.
Also participating in the ceremony were the children and grandchildren of Elliot Fine, who was first run over by a car driven by his anti-Semitic neighbor and then stabbed to death in Wales, Great Britain, in 1981; Moshe Hassan, whose father Ya'akov was killed in Algiers in 1958 during his mission to bring North African Jews to Israel and whose burial place is unknown; and Simcha Melick, a Jewish Agency retiree whose son Gedalya was killed in Operation Defensive Shield in Jenin in 2002.
The grandchildren of the late Elliot Fine point to the name of their late grandfather.
At the ceremony, a unique monument engraved with the names of Jews killed in acts of hatred around the world was erected, the first such monument of its kind.
Jewish Agency Chairman Zeev Bielski said: “At this ceremony, the State of Israel remembers for the first time hundreds of people around the world who paid with their lives just for belonging to the Jewish people and for being connected to the State of Israel.”
Memorial at Jewish Agency for those killed abroad
in acts terror and antisemitism.