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Jun 11, 2003 | 11th of Sivan, 5763 | י״א בסיון תשס״ג
June 11, 2003 – Alexander Kazaris, 77, of Jerusalem was one of 17 people killed in a suicide bombing on bus No. 14A on Jaffa Road in the center of Jerusalem.
At around 17:30, the bomber, dressed as an ultra-Orthodox Jew, boarded Egged bus No. 14A at the Mahane Yehuda market, and a short while later, as the bus drove down Jaffa Road near the Davidka Square, detonated his bomb, wrecking the bus and killing 16 of its passengers. Over 100 people were wounded, including dozens of passersby. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.
Alexander Kazaris immigrated to Israel from Odessa in the Ukraine in 1996. He was a World War II veteran and was a doctor by profession. His wife died of cancer and his son was killed in an accident shortly before Alexander came to Israel. His daughter-in-law and two grandchildren reside in the United States.
Alexander, who was legally blind, lived along with other immigrants at the Diplomat Hotel in Jerusalem, where he enjoyed social activities. He liked to travel and was planning to visit relatives in Russia. He also like to take photographs and had several digital cameras. He was returning from shopping in the Mahane Yehuda market when he was killed.
Alexander Kazaris was buried in Jerusalem.
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