Foundation introduced British media to the Dolphinarium tragedy
A group of young British reporters, members
of BICOM, came recently to David InterContinental Hotel in
Tel-Aviv to meet with the victims of the Dolphinarium terrorist
The meeting was attended by the mothers of
the killed children - Irina Rudina, Bronislava Osadchaya,
Liliya Zhukovskaya, - and Polina Valis who had been wounded
in the explosion.
An excerpt from Empty Rooms, a film
commissioned by the Fund and made by a noted Dutch Director
Willy Lindwer, was also shown. The film is based on Dolphinarium:
Terror Targets the Young, a book also published by the
Following the screening, the victims answered
the questions from the media and told about their current
life and their participation in the activities that commemorate
their killed children. Polina Valis said she would like to
become a social worker - but she also takes an interest in
journalism, so meeting with her future colleagues was of interest
to both sides.
The mothers showed the journalists pictures
of their daughters. After the meeting each guest got a copy
of an English-language edition of the Dolphinarium book. Together,
they proceeded to the site of the tragedy and tried to light
up 21 candles - one for each victim. Unfortunately, the wind
was blowing too hard for the candles to burn.
The British journalists were clearly touched
by what they had seen, but will their articles equally touch
the hearts of their readers and counter the wave of anti-Semitism
that permeates Great Britain along with the rest of Europe?
On the first of every month, parents come
to the monument to lay flowers and light up candles. The guests
left their candles under a glass, to be lit up later. One
hopes that the articles written by these journalists will
light up the hearts of their readers, and these candles will
not have to wait for the next generation to condemn terrorism.