Club Dolphi in Tel Aviv used to be a popular hangout spot for young immigrants from the former Soviet Republics. But in 2001 the club was attacked by a suicide bomber, killing 21 of the youngsters, many of them only teenagers. Nine years on, a ceremony has taken place near the memorial statue, put at the spot where the attack took place.
Families were present, and so were friends and students from the school, where the victims were studying.
Sadness penetrates the air, burdened with the sadness that fell on the families.
The parents describe how they still remember their kids, how they are still trying to deal with the tragedy, and their difficulty in carrying on with their lives.
Mark Rudin lost his only daughter, Simona, during the attack. Rudin says Simona loved ballroom dancing very much. She was only 18 at the time of her death.
[Mark Rudin, Father of Deceased Victim]:
"I remember her all the time. It is not easy. Inside, I feel just like an olive tree -- the bigger it is -- the emptier it is inside -- it burns there. I think that inside I am burnt. But I try to go on living and to give warmth and love to everyone. This is the message of the memory of Simona."
Mother of Roman Dzhanashvili says her son loved life very much. Roman was killed in the attack. He was a dental technician who dreamt of becoming a dentist in the future.
[Yevgenia Dzhanashvili, Mother of Deceased Victim]:
"When this had happened to my son, I said that I would be the happiest mother in the world if I knew that this would be the last attack to ever happen, and the last tragedy in our country, where children are being killed. But to my great regret, all of this is continuing for many years."
The Minister of Immigrant Assimilation, Sofa Landver, was among those who has supported the bereaved families since the day the attack took place.
[Sofa Landver, Minister of Immigrant Absorption]:
"When the blood of those children who went to dance, to sing, and to have a good time, is spilled - this can happen everywhere in the world and the whole world needs to unite."
Today, after nine years, the pain is still felt. But optimism and hope for peace and harmony between nations is still alive.
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