Ground Has Been
Broken for Monument to Victims of Air Catastrophe over Black
Sea in the Ben Shemen Forest
On October 3, 2001, a Ukrainian rocket brought
down the airplane flying from Tel Aviv to Novosibirsk with
78 passengers aboard. Last Thursday, on the first anniversary
of the tragedy, ground was broken in the Ben Shemen Forest
for a monument to commemorate the tragedy.
The groundbreaking ceremony was organized
by Keren Keyemet Israel Land Fund.
One of the main sponsors for the monument
is Michael Cherney Foundation, which has been helping the
families of the deceased from the very first day after the
Besides the families of the victims, the
ceremony was attended by Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres;
Dani Naveh, Minister for Liaison between Knesset and Government;
Yuli Edelstein, Minister for Absorption; Yichiel Leket, Land
Fund President; Chaim Chesler, Sokhnut's CFO; Knesset member
Sofa Landver, and Mr. Michael Cherney.