Hundreds Attend Funerals of Israelis Killed in Bulgaria Suicide Attack

Bodies of Maor Harush, 25, Elior Price, 26, Itzik Kolangi, 28, Amir Menashe, 28, and Kochava Shriki, 44, were laid to rest on Friday.

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Hundreds of mourners attended the funeral on Friday morning, for Itzik Kolangi, 28, and Amir Menashe, 28, two of the victims of the terror attack in Bulgaria. Kolangi and Menashe were laid to rest at the Segula cemetery in Petah Tikvah, where they lived. The two men were traveling in Bulgaria with their wives, and both couples left small children home in Israel during their trip. Kochava Shriki, 44, who was pregenant was laid to rest in Rishon Letzion's cemetery. Maor Harush, 25, was buried in Acre's new cemetery. Later in the afternoon, his friend Elior Price, 26, was buried as well.

Dudu Kolangi, Itzik’s brother, eulogized him during the funeral. “You are my etneral brother. I will never forget you. I promise that me and the family will always watch over your wife Gilat and your amazing daughter Noya, and she will be raised just as you wanted. Watch over us from above. We love you very much.

Itzik Kolangi’s wife, Gilat, was seriously wounded during the attack, and was brought to Israel on Thursday by an Israel Air Force plane from Sofia, Bulgaria. The couple’s relatives said that Gilat was reluctant to leave their four-month-old daughter at home while on vacation. The family members added that apparently, the couple was loading luggage into the bus’s cargo hold as the terrorist detonated the bomb.

Shortly after Kolangi’s funeral, his friend Amir Menashe will be buried. Amir’s wife, Natalie, was lightly wounded in the attack and arrived in Israel on Thursday together with other victims lightly or moderately wounded. The couple has a ten-month-old daughter. Natali arrived at the cemetery seated in a wheelchair.

Friends and relatives visiting the families of Harush and Price in Acre said on Thursday that the two were "friends in their life and in their death." On Wednesday, the two boarded the flight along with another friend, Daniel Fahima, who was seriously wounded in the attack. The three were planning on taking a six-day vacation and were expected to return to Israel next week on Monday.

Dudu Hazan, a close friend of the three, said Harush joined the two at the last minute."Something was not right between them, so Meir and Daniel pressed Elior and he agreed to go with them. In the evening before the flight the three were sitting together discussing the expected vacation. They were together all the time, especially Meir and Elior. They were close friends since they were ten, and fate had decided that they will end their lives together."

Maxim Price, Elior's uncle, said that his nephew was working as a marketing manager in the family business. The uncle spoke of how they lost hope to find them alive. "We had the feeling that they would call any minute. They were considered missing, but to the last minute we were wishing they are well, we just couldn't grasp that they will no longer be with us. Unfortunately, the next day, at five in the morning, a forensics team arrived and asked us for blood samples to use for identification. At that moment everyone realized that it's lost." Since the family received the news, friends, family and municipal social workers arrived at the house.

Meir Harush's family reacting as his coffin arrives in Israel from Bulgaria, July 19, 2012.Credit: Nir Keidar



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