Italian Jews mobilise in support of “Little Eitan”

The Italian Jewish community is mobilising in support of Eitan Biran, an Israeli boy who is the sole survivor of the Mottarone cable car tragedy.

A total of 14 people, including Eitan’s parents, brother and great-grandparents were killed in the accident, which occurred on 24 May 2021.

Doctors at the Regina Margherita hospital in Turin are currently working on the gradual awakening of the boy. The prognosis remains reserved, but there is cautious optimism about his condition among the doctors. At his side are his aunt Maya and his paternal grandparents, who have arrived from Israel.

“It’s an extremely hard situation,” emphasises the president of the Jewish Community of Milan, Milo Hasbani, who spent these difficult moments alongside the family.

“The MRI showed no neurological damage and the doctors said that Eitan will be awakened today. We hope so. Luckily his aunt Maya, who is an exceptional woman, is with him. As the Community of Milan, with the support of the other Jewish Communities, from Turin to Rome, we have launched two solidarity campaigns to guarantee him a future.”

One initiative was launched by the Fondazione Scuola Ebraica di Milano (Link) and is aimed at supporting the child’s studies.

A separate initiative (Link) will cover all the other expenses that will be incurred by the family “such as logistics, a lawyer and a psychologist.

“The intention behind these initiativesis to cover all needs,” Hasbani added, “the whole of Jewish Italy has mobilised behind this objective.”

Eitan’s family members will be repatriated from Milano to Israel, where the affair is followed with great attention and condolences, and where the funeral will be held.


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