UK appeal for Israeli boy who survived cable car crash raises £7,000

The latest Jewish News

Read this week’s digital edition

Click Here

UK appeal for Israeli boy who survived cable car crash raises £7,000

Eitan Biran, 5, the sole survivor of the horrific accident in Italy, is now eating ‘light foods’

Michael Daventry is foreign editor of Jewish News

The gondola landed on the mountainside (Photo: National Alpine and Speleological Rescue Corps of Italy)
The gondola landed on the mountainside (Photo: National Alpine and Speleological Rescue Corps of Italy)

An Israeli boy who survived a cable car crash in Italy that killed five other members of his family has begun to eat “soft and light” foods.

Eitan Moshe Biran, 5, escaped with multiple broken bones when a snapped cable sent his gondola lift tumbling down part of the mountain overlooking Lake Maggiore in the north of the country.

His parents, younger brother and two great-grandparents were among 14 passengers killed in the tragedy on May 23.

He is recovering in a hospital in Turin, local media reported this week.

The cable car’s service manager Gabriele Tadini has been placed under house arrest after admitting to investigators that he had deactivated an emergency brake system that could have prevented the tragedy.

He and two other men remain under investigation on suspicion of involuntary manslaughter and negligence.

Eitan’s father Amit Biran was studying at the University of Pavia near Milan and worked in his spare time as a security guard for the Milan Jewish School.

His wife Tal Peleg-Biran, 27, and their two-year-old son Tom also died, along with two great-grandparents, Barbara and Yitzhak Cohen, aged 71 and 83.

The family of Amit Biran and his wife Tal Peleg-Biran lived near Milan (Photo: Facebook)

Eitan is being cared for by members of his family who were not on board the cable car.

An appeal by the Jewish charity GIFT to raise funds to support Eitan had attracted £7,000 in donations by Wednesday morning.

Michelle Barnett, the organisation’s founder, said: “GIFT’s mission is to encourage and facilitate giving and if we can set up this platform to encourage support for this little boy who has tragically lost his immediate family, then it is an honour for us to do so.”

Support your Jewish community. Support your Jewish News

Thank you for helping to make Jewish News the leading source of news and opinion for the UK Jewish community. Today we're asking for your invaluable help to continue putting our community first in everything we do.

Unlike other Jewish media, we do not charge for content. That won’t change. Because we are free, we rely on advertising to cover our costs. This vital lifeline, which has dropped in recent years, has fallen further due to coronavirus.

For as little as £5 a month you can help sustain the vital work we do in celebrating and standing up for Jewish life in Britain.

Jewish News holds our community together and keeps us connected. Like a synagogue, it’s where people turn to feel part of something bigger. It also proudly shows the rest of Britain the vibrancy and rich culture of modern Jewish life.

You can make a quick and easy one-off or monthly contribution of £5, £10, £20 or any other sum you’re comfortable with.

100% of your donation will help us continue celebrating our community, in all its dynamic diversity...


Being a community platform means so much more than producing a newspaper and website. One of our proudest roles is media partnering with our invaluable charities to amplify the outstanding work they do to help us all.


There’s no shortage of oys in the world but Jewish News takes every opportunity to celebrate the joys too, through projects like Night of Heroes, 40 Under 40 and other compelling countdowns that make the community kvell with pride.


In the first collaboration between media outlets from different faiths, Jewish News worked with British Muslim TV and Church Times to produce a list of young activists leading the way on interfaith understanding.


Royal Mail issued a stamp honouring Holocaust hero Sir Nicholas Winton after a Jewish News campaign attracted more than 100,000 backers. Jewish Newsalso produces special editions of the paper highlighting pressing issues including mental health and Holocaust remembrance.

Easy access

In an age when news is readily accessible, Jewish News provides high-quality content free online and offline, removing any financial barriers to connecting people.

Voice of our community to wider society

The Jewish News team regularly appears on TV, radio and on the pages of the national press to comment on stories about the Jewish community. Easy access to the paper on the streets of London also means Jewish News provides an invaluable window into the community for the country at large.

We hope you agree all this is worth preserving.

read more: