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Jun 5, 2002 | 25th of Sivan, 5762 | כ״ה בסיון תשס״ב
Jun 5, 2002 – Cpl. Dennis Blumin, 20 of Hadera was one of 17 people killed when a car packed with a large quantity of explosives struck Egged bus No. 830 traveling from Tel-Aviv to Tiberias at the Megiddo junction near Afula.
The attack took place at about 7:15 in the morning. The force of the explosion lifted the bus into the air and reduced the car carrying the bomb to charred metal. The car exploded near the gasoline tank of the bus causing it to burst into flames. Most of the casualties were soldiers who were on their way to their bases. The Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attack.
Cpl. Dennis Blumin was careful to take the express bus rather than buses that picked up passengers in Wadi Ara where he twice narrowly missed suicide attacks.
Dennis who immigrated with his family from the Ukraine in 1991, was a quiet soldier who was interested in computers and loved to build software and music websites which he began doing when he was 15. He also administered a forum called “Computers and Internet.”
Dennis’ girlfriend Tali Hen relates how she fell in love with him. She knew she could always rely on him to be faithful. “He spent an entire evening with strangers when he prepared a surprise party for me, just to make me happy. He spent an entire afternoon looking for the perfect gift for me because he didn’t believe in anything that was less than perfect.”
Cpl. Dennis Blumin was buried in the military cemetery in Hadera. He is survived by his parents Roman, an engineer and Yelena, and his older brother Sergei, also an engineer.
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