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  • New York tightens security around Jewish venues

    July 20, 2012 | 10:35 am

    Up to 100 critical response vehicles have been deployed in New York Jewish neighborhoods and around synagogues following the terrorist bombing in Bulgaria targeting Israelis.

    There are no specific known threats against New York Jewish venues, security officials said.


  • Burgas bombing victims laid to rest

    July 20, 2012 | 10:17 am

    The five Israelis killed by Wednesday’s terrorist attack in Burgas, Bulgaria were buried Friday in Israel.

    Funerals were held for Maor Harush, 25; Itzik Kolengi, 28; Amir Menashe, 28; Elior Priess, 26; and Kochava Shriki, 44, who was pregnant with her first child.

    Seventeen injured...

  • U.S. official: Bulgaria bomber a Hezbollah operative

    July 20, 2012 | 10:12 am

    The suicide bomber who perpetrated the attack on Israeli tourists in Burgas, Bulgaria, was a member of Hezbollah, U.S. officials said.

    The suicide bomber was “acting under broad guidance” to hit Israeli targets, an unnamed senior U.S. official told The New York Times. Other U.S....

  • Jewish organizations raising funds to help victims of the attack in Bulgaria

    By Ryan Torok

    July 19, 2012 | 5:39 pm

    Jewish organizations are reaching out to help the victims of Wednesday’s terror attack by a suicide bomber in Bulgaria, which killed five Israeli tourists and a bus driver and wounded more than 30 others. To help, the Jewish Federations of North America, the Jewish Agency for...

  • Strangers to hate crimes, Bulgarian Jews reeling from Burgas bombing

    July 19, 2012 | 4:03 pm

    Until this week, leaders of Bulgaria’s small, generally placid Jewish community said felt untouched by hate crimes or terrorism.

    But after Wednesday’s apparent suicide bombing of a bus carrying Israeli tourists in the Black Sea city of Borgas, Jews in the country are speaking of...

  • Israel names five victims of Bulgaria terror attack

    July 19, 2012 | 3:23 pm

    The names of the five Israelis killed in a suicide bombing in Bulgaria were released Thursday, after Israeli authorities had confirmed their identification and informed the families.

    The names of those killed are Maor Harush, 24, and Elior Price, 25, from Acre; Itzik Kolangi, 28,...

  • Deadly Bulgaria attack survivors recall chaos, tragedy

    July 19, 2012 | 10:50 am

    Vered Kuza was standing with her daughter, Amit, on an airport shuttle bus at Sarafovo International Airport in Burgas, Bulgaria, when she suddenly heard a blast.

    “It’s an attack!” Kuza, 54, shouted at Amit, 26. “We need to get out of here!”

    She pushed her daughter...

  • Suspected suicide bomber had fake U.S. I.D.; Surveillance camera captures image

    July 19, 2012 | 10:33 am

    A suicide bomber carried out an attack that killed seven people in a bus transporting Israeli tourists in Bulgaria, the interior minister said on Thursday, and Israel said Iranian-backed Hezbollah militants were to blame.

    Iran denied it was behind Wednesday’s attack at Burgas...

  • Planes with wounded return to Israel; Peres: ‘Israel will act against terror’

    July 19, 2012 | 9:36 am

    President Shimon Peres said in response to the deadly attack in Bulgaria that Israel will “locate and act against terror all over the world,” as the wounded and dead arrived in Israel.

    Two planes carrying Israelis wounded from Wednesday evening’s attack were landed in Israel at...

  • Netanyahu on deadly Bulgaria bombing: ‘All signs point to Iran’

    July 18, 2012 | 3:59 pm

    A Black Sea coast town in Bulgaria became the scene of carnage when a bus carrying Israeli tourists exploded, killing at least five people and injuring at least 33. Nine people reportedly were missing.

    The explosion Wednesday at Sarafovo International Airport in Burgas hit one of...

  • Obama condemns deadly bus attack on Israelis in Bulgaria

    July 18, 2012 | 1:52 pm

    President Barack Obama strongly condemned an attack on Wednesday that killed at least four Israeli tourists in an explosion on a bus outside a Bulgarian airport.

    “The United States will stand with our allies, and provide whatever assistance is necessary to identify and bring to justice the perpetrators of this attack,” Obama said in a statement, calling the attack “completely outrageous.”

    Reporting By Alister Bull; Editing by Sandra Maler

  • Bus blast in Bulgaria kills 7, injures more than 30 — Israel blames Iran

    July 18, 2012 | 1:10 pm

    At least seven Israeli tourists were killed on Wednesday in an explosion on a bus outside a Bulgarian airport that Israel blamed on Tehran, promising a strong response to “Iranian terror.”

    The explosion comes on the 18th anniversary of a 1994 bomb attack on the headquarters of...

  • Israeli appointed to top U.N. counterrorism position

    July 18, 2012 | 12:52 pm

    An Israeli who worked as a government attorney was appointed a leader in the United Nations Security Council’s counterterrorism effort.

    David Scharia was tapped as the legal coordinator for the Counter-Terrorism Committee executive directorate, and will head up a team of 12...

  • Bulgaria blast: Fresh updates from Shmuel Rosner’s Twitter feed

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    July 18, 2012 | 12:22 pm

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  • WITNESS ACCOUNT: ‘We think that (it was a suicide bomber)’

    July 18, 2012 | 10:59 am

    A suicide bomber probably caused an explosion on a bus at Bulgaria’s Burgas airport which killed three people, an Israeli woman who was on the bus said.

    “We think that (it was a suicide bomber),” witness Aviva Malka told Israeli Army Radio in answer to a question in a telephone interview from the scene.

    “We sat down and within a few seconds we heard a huge boom and we ran away. We managed to escape through a hole on the bus. We saw bodies and many people injured,” she said.

    Writing by Ori Lewis; Editing by Louise Ireland

  • At least 7 Israelis reported killed, dozens injured in Bulgarian terror attack

    By JewishJournal

    July 18, 2012 | 10:20 am

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    [11:35 a.m., Haaretz] According to Bulgaria’s interior minister, five people were killed in the attack and 33 were wounded, 3 of whom are in critical condition.

    “We are currently preparing a list with...

  • New Bulgarian conversion course offering a pathway to ‘official’ Judaism

    May 21, 2012 | 2:28 pm

    As a child, Gabrielle Pavlova pored over pictures of her Jewish paternal grandmother, who died decades before Pavlova was born.

    The family had no other tie to Judaism, and Pavlova was fascinated. She delved into her Jewish heritage, read books and, ultimately, wrote her master’s...

  • A Jewish community president who can’t be called to the Torah? Meet Bulgaria’s Alex Oscar

    March 28, 2011 | 3:17 pm

    Under a cloudless blue sky, in a square wedged between the National Assembly and the Rectorate of the University of Sofia, Alexander Oscar, the young president of Sofia’s Jewish community, issued a blunt message to his countrymen.

    The occasion was Bulgaria’s Holocaust remembrance...

  • Bulgaria marks its Holocaust remembrance day

    March 10, 2011 | 10:07 am

    Leaders of the Bulgarian Jewish community marked Holocaust Remembrance Day at a ceremony in Sofia.

    The event, known officially as the Day of the Salvation of the Bulgarian Jews and of the Victims of the Holocaust and of the Crimes Against Humanity, was held Thursday morning opposite...

  • Peres visiting Bulgaria, Romania to boost relations

    August 11, 2010 | 11:14 am

    Israeli President Shimon Peres is on a state visit to Bulgaria and Romania aimed at bolstering bilateral relations with the two Balkan nations.

    In the Bulgarian capital Sofia on Wednesday, Peres was presented with the country’s highest state decoration, the Stara Planina Award.

  • Jewish school in Bulgaria vandalized

    March 25, 2010 | 11:44 am

    Anti-Semitic graffiti was spray-painted on the walls of a Jewish school in the capital of Bulgaria.

    A Star of David equated with a Nazi swastika and the words “stop occupation” were spray-painted on the wall of the Dimcho Debeljanov Jewish School, the only Jewish school in Sofia.

  • Olmert goes to China; Hezbollah is back; Euro righties caucus; Jews get blamed again

    January 11, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Olmert Goes to China

    Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert traveled to China for talks on the Iranian nuclear threat. Monday's trip also marks 15 years of relations between the countries and seeks to expand Israel's current trade relations. Olmert's family has historic ties to China:...

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