29 May 2020 - 7 Sivan 5780 - ז' סיון ה' אלפים תש"פ
British siblings among the victims of Sri Lankan bomb blasts E-mail

Two Jewish teenage siblings from London were among the more than 250 people murdered in terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka during the Easter holiday last month, the British media reported.

Amelie and Daniel Linsey, 15 and 19, who are dual citizens of the US and the UK, were members of Westminster synagogue, and were among eight British nationals killed during the massacre. Their father, Matthew Linsey, was also in Colombo but survived. The children died in a bombing at their hotel.

“When the bomb went off, it’s hard to describe ... It’s like a wave coming through of pressure,” he told a CNN reporter.

“They actually went down to the buffet and got the food for me and filled up my plate. And then I said I wanted a bit more. My daughter said ‘I’ll get it’, and then the bomb went off and they were both running towards me.”

Howard Leigh, president of the Westminster Synagogue and a lawmaker, made an emotional address in the British parliament. “While the intended target of this atrocity were clearly meant to be Christian, the terrorists’ bombs did not discriminate,” he said in the House of Lords.

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