Sunday, August 08, 2010
Dozens of Americans murdered in Israel missing from US State Dept. award offers
The US State Department maintains a website called Rewards for Justice, which offers rewards for the arrest and conviction of persons involved in terror attacks against American citizens around the World. The page that deals with our region is called Violence in Opposition to Middle East Peace Negotiations. It hasn't been updated since 2003. And it's missing an awful lot of victims.
Dozens of names are missing from the list, according to a compilation on the Jewish Virtual Library list of American victims of terror. It is not known if the families of the victims have contacted the State Dept.
Among the missing names are Nachshon Wachsman, who was kidnapped and murdered by Hamas terrorists in 1994; Dov Driben, an American Israeli who was killed at his farm in 1996; and Eish Kodesh Gilmore, an American Israeli who was killed while guarding the National Insurance Institute in Jerusalem in 2000.
The State Dept. list concludes with a suicide bombing in May 2003 and does not include at least seven subsequent terrorist attacks that have killed or wounded American citizens. The attacks include the 2006 murder of Florida teenager Daniel Wultz at a Tel Aviv food stand; the bombing of an American convoy in Gaza in October 2003; and the September 2003 suicide bombing in Jerusalem that killed David Applebaum and his daughter Nava, originally from Cleveland.
Also missing are the names of several wounded in the 2002 suicide bombing at Sbarro's Restaurant in Jerusalem.
Gilmore actually is included.