Family of Jewish teens killed in Sri Lanka will start a charity in their memory

Family of Jewish teens killed in Sri Lanka will start a charity in their memory

Brother of Amelie and Daniel Linsey are to launch initiative - which their dad, who survived the attack - suggested be called 'Love Is The Answer’

Linsey siblings, Amelie and Daniel
Linsey siblings, Amelie and Daniel

The family of two British Jewish teens killed in a terrorist attack in Sri Lanka are planning to set up a charity in their memories.

Amelie and Daniel Linsey, 15 and 19, were among the hundreds murdered in terrorist attacks targeting Christians in the south Asian island nation on April 21. The teens were holidaying with their father, Matthew, who survived the attack on their hotel.

The family is setting up a foundation to benefit the hospital in the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo where the teens were taken.

“My dad suggested calling it ‘Love Is The Answer’ after his and my sister’s favourite song,” their brother David Linsey told the Daily Mail.

“My dad had a particularly close bond with my sister. She was always a daddy’s girl.”

The Islamic State claimed responsibility, without evidence, for the coordinated bomb blasts at churches and hotels that killed some 250 people and wounded hundreds.

David Linsey said that the family, who live in London, decided to start a charity because the teens were involved in philanthropy.

“My brother spent some time last year helping in a village in Ethiopia. His passion is people and places,” he said of his late brother Daniel.

Teenagers Daniel and Amelie Linsey were members of Westminster synagogue, and were among the eight Brits killed during the Easter Sunday atrocity

In the interview David Linsey also spoke about the family’s faith. Though their mother is Catholic, the siblings were brought up Jewish, like their father.

“There wasn’t a war of traditions,” David Linsey told the Mail. “We celebrate Chanukah. We celebrate Christmas as well. Everyone acknowledges each other’s faith. We’d always drop my mother off at church on Christmas Day.”

The Linsey teens were eulogised Wednesday in parliament during a tribute to the eight British nationals killed in the attacks.

“While the intended target of this atrocity were clearly meant to be Christian, the terrorists’ bombs did not discriminate,” lawmaker Lord Leigh said in the House of Lords.

“The Linsey family were members of my synagogue. They shared the same classes as my children. Amelie celebrated her bat mitzvah last March, reading with poise, maturity and warmth from our Torah scrolls.”

Lord Leigh requested the government “double its efforts to ensure that the bodies of the siblings are returned as soon as possible.”

He added: ” The families are trying to make progress and would be very grateful for any assistance she can provide through the civil service, to ensure that happens as quickly as possible, as required by the Jewish faith.”

Leigh is president of the Westminster shul  in London.

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