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Friday, 20 September, 2002, 18:40 GMT 19:40 UK
Funeral for bus death teenager
Gideon Black
Yoni's cousin Gideon Black was injured in the attack
The funeral has taken place in Israel of the Glasgow teenager who was killed in a suicide bombing in Tel Aviv.

Yoni Jesner died from injuries he sustained in an attack on a bus on Thursday.

The Jewish community in Glasgow has begun mourning the loss of the 19-year-old, who was described as a very promising student with strong community values.

He was among six people killed in the attack and his cousin 18-year-old Gideon Black sustained minor injuries at the same time.

Yoni Jesner
Yoni Jesner suffered fatal injuries in the blast

Yoni, who had put off medical school, was buried in Jerusalem on Friday.

"What can we say at a time like this?", said his brother Ari, 26, delivering his eulogy.

"Words cannot express the pain and the suffering we all feel as you were cruelly torn out of our lives."

Yoni came to Israel last year to study at a Jewish seminary for a year, but he decided to extend his stay and put off medical school for a further year.

After medical school, he had hoped to return to Israel.

His brother said Yoni ran Glasgow's Jewish Youth Council and led a Jewish youth delegation to the Scottish Parliament.

Israel's deputy foreign minister, Rabbi Michael Melchior, told mourners that Israel would not relent in its effort to prevent attacks on its civilians.

Yoni Jesner's funeral
Yoni Jesner's funeral took place in Jerusalem

He said: "The fight against terror is the fight that has to go on, because we cannot and will not accept any level - any level whatsoever - of this horrifying way of blowing up the future and the hope of the Jewish people and of mankind."

Palestinian militants have carried out scores of shootings and bombings in two years of fighting, triggering massive Israeli military strikes.

Nearly 1,800 people have been killed on the Palestinian side and more than 600 people on the Israeli side.

There has been no formal claim of responsibility for Thursday's bombing, but the Arabic satellite TV station Al Jazeera received a leaflet in which the militant Palestinian group Hamas said it carried out the attack.

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"Surrounded by friends and family Yoni Jesner was laid to rest in Jerusalem"

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