The funeral of Itzik Colangi, 28, and Amir Menashe, also 28,
concluded on Friday morning at the Segula cemetery in Petah Tikva.
Colangi and Menashe were murdered on Wednesday night in the suicide
bombing in Burgas, Bulgaria. Colangi´s wife Gilat, attended the
funeral despite having been wounded and hospitalized due to the
Besides Colangi, the other four Israelis murdered by a suicide bomber
at Bulgaria´s Burgas Airport Wednesday were to be laid to rest in
Israel Friday, after arriving at Ben-Gurion Airport shortly after
The coffins of those killed were carried off the plane by IDF
soldiers as psalms were read at an IDF ceremony held at the airport.
Tourism Minister Stas Meseznikov spoke at the IDF ceremony at the
airport after the coffins were carried off the military plane
carrying them home.
Repeating assertions from across the political leadership that Iran
and Hezbollah were behind the suicide bombing on a bus full of
tourists at Bulgaria´s Burgas Airport Wednesday, Meseznikov told the
families of those killed that "there is no comfort from the sorrow
that has befallen you."
The victims´ only mistake, he said, is that they were Israelis. "They
were not randomly targeted."
"May this be your last disaster," Meseznikov said before the families
walked by their relatives coffins.
The Interior Ministry on Thursday released the names of the five
Israelis : Itzik Colangi, 28, Amir Menashe, 28, Elior Price, 26, Maor
Harosh, 25, and Kochava Shriki, 44.
Itzik Colangi and Amir Menashe were good friends from Petah Tikva.
Colangi´s wife GIlat gave birth to their first child, Noya, four
months ago, and his birthday was two weeks ago. The couple decided to
celebrate in Burgas with their friends Natalie and Amir Menashe, who
have a ten-month-old son, Rom. Gilat was severely injured and Natalie
was lightly injured from the terrorist attack, while Itzik and Amir
were killed while packing their luggage onto the bus.
Colangi will be buried Friday at 10:30 a.m. at the Segula cemetery in
Petah Tikva. Menashe will be buried at the same cemetery at 11:30
a.m. Harosh and Price will both be buried at Nahalat Asher cemetery
next to Kefar Mecher at 12:00 p.m. and 15:00 p.m. respectively.
Shriki will be buried at the old cemetery in Rishon Lezion at 12:30.
Elior Price, a student, and Maor Harosh, an electrician, grew up
together in Acre and went on vacation to Bulgaria with another close
friend, Daniel Fahima. Harosh and Price were killed, while Fahima was
Kochava Shriki of Rishon Lezion, was pregnant for the first time
after years of fertility treatments. She gave her family the good
news shortly before leaving for vacation in Bulgaria with her husband
Yitzhak. After the attack, Yitzhak, who was injured, searched for
Kochava in the rubble and in the hospital in Bulgaria, and learned of
her death a day later.
Thirty-three people wounded in the bus bombing a landed in Israel at
2:30 p.m. on Thursday afternoon at Ben-Gurion airport and were
immediately transferred by ambulance to area hospitals. The majority
of the victims that returned on Thursday were lightly injured though
four were injured seriously or critically.
The terror attack targeting Israeli tourists killed at least seven
people in the city of Burgas, soon after a charter plane, Air
Bulgaria flight 392 arrived from Ben-Gurion Airport. The seven
included five Israelis, the bus driver and the suicide bomber,
according to the Foreign Ministry.
A second Israel Air Force plane carrying three people seriously
wounded in the attack landed at Ben Gurion Airport on Thursday night.
An IDF doctor said that the three, who were seriously injured in the
attack, underwent surgery in Bulgaria before being returned home.
They were being transferred to Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer,
Rabin Medical Center - Beilinson Campus in Petah Tikva and Sourasky
Medical Center in Tel Aviv.
Brigadier-General (Brig.-Gen.) Dr. Itzik Kreiss commended the
Bulgarian medical services for fully cooperating with Israeli
doctors. He also credited the hospitals with saving the lives of some
of the victims.
“It’s not always nice to be Israeli, but this is a country that
knows, within 24 hours, how to bring back all of her wounded and
injured from every place in the world, it makes it a little easier,”
Kreiss, who accompanied the first flight from Bulgaria, said the
injuries were consistent with other bus bombings, including broken
limbs, cuts, burns, and multiple injuries. Kreiss added that he did
not see any children under the age of 18 but could not confirm there
were no children injured. Kreiss said that some of the people were in
a good mental state and some were less good. “Unfortunately, it’s the
same mental state as we have seen in many instances that this has
happened here,” he said.