Burgas bombing victims, including 5 Israelis, remembered 3 years later

A screen shot of video footage of the summer 2012 terrorist attack on a tour bus carrying Israelis in Burgas, Bulgaria. Credit: YouTube.

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) A memorial ceremony was held Monday at Burgas Airport in Bulgaria to mark the three-year anniversary of the terrorist bombing there, in which five Israeli tourists and a Bulgarian bus driver were killed.

A still-unidentified perpetrator set off a bomb on a bus parked at the airport. Immediately following the attack, Israel accused the Iranian-backed terrorist group Hezbollah of being responsible for it. Bulgaria later said that evidence pointed toward Hezbollah’s culpability. A year after the bombing, the European Union put Hezbollah’s “armed wing”—but not the rest of the organization—on its terrorism blacklist.

Yaakov Preiss, whose son Elior was killed in the attack, spoke at Monday’s ceremony and called on Europeans to “stop being naive.”

“Terrorist organizations do not think like you,” Preiss said. “Agitators use democracy to incite. This freedom of speech will cause you to lose your children in terrorist attacks.”

Posted on July 21, 2015 .