B’nai B’rith International has issued the following statement:
One year ago in Burgas, Bulgaria, a suicide bomber attacked a bus filled with Israeli tourists and ultimately killed five Israelis, the Bulgarian bus driver and injured 32 others. B’nai B’rith remembers those who perished in the attack and the injured. B’nai B’rith Bulgaria will be in attendance for tomorrow’s memorial ceremony in Burgas.
The ceremony will commemorate the lives lost, as well as honor the emergency personnel who responded to the attack. Family members, government officials, diplomats and members of the Jewish community will be in attendance. B’nai B’rith Bulgaria will lay a wreath in memory of the victims.
Bulgarian officials investigated the attack and found that Hezbollah was behind it. The European Union Council of Ministers, at their meeting in Brussels next week, are expected to discuss the issue of designating Hezbollah as a terrorist organization, a position B’nai B’rith has consistently urged the EU to do.
The attack occurred on the 18th anniversary of the terrorist attack on the Argentine-Israelite Mutual Association Jewish center in Buenos Aires that killed 85 people and wounded 300.
This attack on Israelis, occurring on the AMIA anniversary, is a chilling reminder that the threat of international terror knows no boundaries. Our hearts and prayers continue to go out to the victims and their families.