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Last updated: 2002-09-20

The Board of Deputies today extended its deepest sympathies to the families of the victims of yesterday’s terrorist attack in Tel Aviv.

This resulted in the death of a young member of the Scottish Jewish community and also caused serious injury to another.

Yoni Jesner, who tragically died as a result of critical head injuries, was in the second year of studies in a Jerusalem yeshiva (Jewish college) and had planned to return to England to begin studying medicine at Kings College London. His cousin and best friend, Gideon Black, was sitting next to him on the bus and sustained moderate injuries. Both young men were extremely popular in the Glasgow community who have expressed great sorrow at their loss.
Board Director general Neville Nagler commented:

“Our sincere sympathies go out to all the families involved in this terrible atrocity. Our thoughts and prayers are particularly with the Scottish Jewish community at this difficult time.

“This tragic event serves only to remind us how governmental indifference to Palestinian terrorism has resulted in the death and maiming of British Jews. It emphasises the need for the British and other Western governments to exert far greater pressure on the Palestinians to halt their mindless and destructive campaign of terror.

“How many innocent civilians must die before the campaign of terror waged by certain elements of the Palestinian population is ended?”