Ten Years, 968 Terror Victims
Since 2000, 968 Israelis have been murdered in terrorist attacks, and 17,000 have been wounded. That translates statistically to an average of 96 people killed per year, one every three to four days.
The statistics were released by the National Insurance Institute in advance of Memorial Day (Yom Hazikaron).
Five Israeli civilians were murdered by terrorists over the course of the past year, since Independence Day 2009. Seventy-one were wounded by terrorists.
The number of civilians murdered by terrorist attacks in Israel since the War of Independence ended on January 1, 1950 stands at 2,431. That number includes 118 foreign citizens murdered in such attacks.
NII Director General Esther Dominissini said that the NII sees the rehabilitation of those wounded in terrorist attacks, and the care for the families of those killed, as a national mission of the utmost importance. In 2009, the NII spent 400 million shekels on assistance to those wounded in terrorist attacks and surviving relatives of terrorism victims.
The NII has also set up a website, L'Ad (Until Eternity), to commemorate victims of terrorism. The site tells the stories of the lives and deaths of 3,971 people killed by terrorism in Israel since the days of the First Aliyah in the late 19th century.
This year, the Knesset passed a law requiring employers to allow anyone who has lost a family member to terrorism to take a paid day of leave from work on Memorial Day.
Memorial Day, which commemorates victims of terrorism as well as the more than 20,000 soldiers who have fallen in defense of Israel, will begin on Sunday night. At 8 p.m., the Knesset will hold an official ceremony attended by Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin, Defense Minister Ehud Barak, and Minister of Welfare and Social Services Yitzchak Herzog. The ceremony will also be attended by representatives of the families of fallen soldiers and victims of terrorism.
A state ceremony will be held on Monday at 1 p.m. at the Har Herzl military cemetery in Jerusalem.