Jewish Organization Offers Aid to Relatives of Non-Jewish Burgas Bus Victim

Society | August 29, 2012, Wednesday // 13:58|  views

Photos of Mustafa Kyosev's funeral in July by BGNES.

The Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) has announced that it will include the family of Bulgarian bus driver Mustafa Kyosev among recipients of aid from the Fund for the Victims of Terror in the aftermath of July's Burgas bus bombing.

The announcement came at a commemorative ceremony that was held Tuesday in the Sofia Synagogue in the presence of the relatives of the five Israeli tourists who were killed in the terror attack.

Kyosov's relatives were also present at the ceremony.

Speaking at the central synagogue in Sofia, Moshe Sharet, a JAFI emissary in Bulgaria, said the USD 1,500 grant was given to his family to "ease their financial struggles and show the solidarity of the Jewish people with their loss," The Jerusalem Post has informed.

"Terrorism does not distinguish between blood and blood, and from person to person. Killers try to reach any place in the world to attack innocent Jews and Israelis, and would not hesitate to kill anyone who stood in their way when they implement their actions." Israel's Strategic Affairs Minister Moshe Yaalon said during the ceremony.

The Bulgarian victim of the Burgas Bus Bombing was 36-year-old Mustafa Kyosev from the village of Yurukovo, Yakoruda Municipality in Southwestern Bulgaria. He was from the ethnic Bulgarian Muslim community known as Pomaks.

He is survived by his wife Emine and their 10-year-old daughter.

Controversially, no high-ranking Bulgarian officials were present at Kyosev's burial in Yurukovo in July.

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