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Aug 4, 2002 | 26th of Av, 5762 | כ״ו באב תשס״ב
Aug 4, 2002 – Adelina Kononen, 37 of the Philippines was one of 9 people killed in the suicide bombing of Egged bus No. 361 traveling from Haifa to Safed at the Meron junction in northern Israel.
Egged bus No. 361 left Haifa for Safed at 7:15 Sunday morning. The terrorist who had boarded the bus exploded the bomb at the Meron junction near Safed just before 9:00. The blast blew off the roof of the bus which then burst into flames killing or wounding nearly everyone inside.
Adelina Konone a caregiver from the Philippines was killed along with another caregiver Rebecca Roga who had just gotton off the bus. Adelina came to work in Israel six years ago for the Elkavetz family on Moshav Safsufa.
“When I called Abu Kabir to see whether Adelina had been brought there, they asked me to note various identifying marks,” said Motka Elkavetz, “I told them,” he says, “if a woman with a golden heart reaches you, you’ll know its Adelina. She took care of his late father and cared for his elderly mother, and also helped raise his three children. For the Elkazetz family it was like losing a family member, not a caregiver.”
“I was supposed to go with Adelina tomorrow to the Interior Ministry to extend her residence permit another year,” said Motke. “I had just spoken at work about Adelina, and boasted about how proud I was of her.”
Adelina Konone came to work in Israel in order to provide a better future for the two children she left behind in the Philippines.
She last visited them several months ago when she bought a house for them. Her body will be flown home for burial.
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