Ambassador Danon with Itamar Ben Gal, murdered on February 5, 2018, at a bus stop near Ariel. (Israel UN MIssion) (Israel UN MIssion)
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“The victims of terror attacks, along with the uniformed soldiers who fell in defense of the country, have a place in our hearts; they will never fade from our memory,” said Ambassador Danon. 

By: United with Israel Staff

Israel opened a special memorial exhibit at the United Nations (UN) headquarters in New York as part of the UN’s first-ever International Day of Remembrance and Recognition for Victims of Terror Attacks, which was instated following a resolution passed by the UN General Assembly in 2017.

The International Remembrance Day included speeches, exhibitions and ceremonies at the UN building in New York.

With this initiative, Israel’s Mission to the UN, headed by Ambassador Danny Danon, presented on Monday an exhibition in memory of the victims of Palestinian terrorist acts in Israel. The exhibition presents 25 victims of recent terrorist attacks in Israel, including their photo and a short eulogy.

Danon said “the victims of terror attacks, along with the uniformed soldiers who fell in defense of the country, have a place in our hearts; they will never fade from our memory.”

”These hostile acts of terror are cowardly, and the terrorists who perpetrate them incite further violence against our people as they are considered heroes in their society,” he stated, calling on the international community to “demand that the chairman of the Palestinian Authority stop the transfer of salaries to murderers, and their families, who shed the blood of innocent Israelis.”

Two of the victims featured are Shir Hajaj, 22, and Erez Orbach, 20, who were both murdered on January 8, 2017, in a terrorist car-ramming attack in Jerusalem together with another two IDF soldiers.

“There are not enough words to describe the beauty your gentle soul brought to the world. You seem to effortlessly conquer mountains,” wrote Hajaj’s mother for the memorial exhibit. “We thought we would see you on the front page of the newspaper holding a prize for an invention that would change the world. How is then that we are seeing your photograph now everywhere next to a memorial candle?”

“He will be remembered for his perpetual smile and willingness to help for good causes,” wrote Orbach’s family. “Erez was a boy full of motivation and was very determined, but also delicate on the inside, with principles, values and love for everyone.”

Since its founding in 1948, Israel has lost more than 3,000 men, women and children to terrorism.

JNS contributed to this report. 

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