Alisa Flatow

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Alisa Flatow memorial, Gedera, Israel

Alisa Flatow (October 5, 1974 – April 10, 1995) was an American Jewish student who was killed in the Islamic Jihad suicide bombing known as the Kfar Darom bus attack in 1995.

Biography[edit]

Alisa Michelle Flatow was born in West Orange, New Jersey. Her father, Stephen Flatow, is a lawyer. She attended the Frisch School in Paramus, New Jersey and Brandeis University.[1] During the 1995 spring semester she was participating in a Jewish study program in Israel.[2] She was on her way to the beach in Gush Katif with two friends when the bus exploded.[3]

When Flatow succumbed to fatal head wounds at Soroka Medical Center, the family donated her organs to save the lives of others.[4] After doctors declared her brain dead, her father authorized the removal of her heart, lungs, kidneys, liver, pancreas and corneas.[5] Thousands of people attended the memorial service in Flatow’s honor at Congregation Ahavas Achim B'nai Jacob and David in West Orange, New Jersey.[6]

Lawsuit[edit]

In 1998 a Federal district judge ordered the Government of Iran to pay $247.5 million in damages to Flatow’s family.[7]

Evidence produced by Stephen Flatow led to an investigation that resulted in a $8.9 billion fine being levied against BNP Paribas bank in June 2014 for processing Iranian financial transactions.[8]

Family[edit]

In 2008 Alisa’s brother, Etan, enlisted in the Israel Defense Forces.[9]

Commemoration[edit]

The Alisa M. Flatow Yeshiva High School was named in her honor.[10] The Alisa Flatow Memorial Scholarship provides funds for students who wish to pursue traditional Jewish studies.[11] Nishmat named its program of studies for overseas students in her honor, the Alisa Flatow International Program.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Siemaszko, Corky. "EERIE LINKS BETWEEN 2 N.J. WOMEN", New York Daily News, February 26, 1996. Accessed August 19, 2008. "The New Jersey women killed yesterday in a bus bombing in Jerusalem followed in the tragic footsteps of a former classmate Alisa Flatow. Sara Duker was one year ahead of Flatow at the Frisch Yeshiva High School in Paramus, N.J."
  2. ^ Cases and Materials on Civil Terrorism Law, David J. Strachman, James P. Steck
  3. ^ A terror victim's legacy: This is how we go on
  4. ^ Robert Hanley. "Father Says U.S. Victim Loved Israel", The New York Times, April 11, 1995).
  5. ^ 'Born Again' as victim's heart beats in his chest
  6. ^ David Stout. "American Slain in Gaza Is Mourned", The New York Times (April 13, 1995)
  7. ^ James Dao. "Judgment for Terrorism Is $248 Million", The New York Times (March 12, 1998).
  8. ^ JESSICA SILVER-GREENBERG and BEN PROTESS. [1], The New York Times, June 30, 2014).
  9. ^ Gil Hoffman. "Terror victim’s brother dons an Israeli uniform", New Jersey Jewish News (June 19, 2008).
  10. ^ Lois Goldrich. "Bat Torah headed for Paramus", New Jersey Jewish Standard (May 2, 2008). Retrieved on 2008-08-07.
  11. ^ Alisa Flatow Memorial Fund home page. Retrieved on 2008-08-07.
  12. ^ Alisa Flatow International Program