The mother of the 16-year-old Jewish student murdered by a Lebanese terrorist near the Brooklyn Bridge in 1994 is bringing her anti-terrorism campaign to Buffalo this week.
Devorah Halberstam, a member of the state Commission on Terrorism and one of the country's leaders in fighting anti-Semitism, will speak at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Jewish Community Cente, 2640 N. Forest Road, Getzville.
Halberstam's son, Ari, was shot in the head when a gunman riddled with bullets a crowded van in which he was riding with fellow Hasidic students March 1, 1994.
Initially classified as an act of "road rage," federal authorities subsequently recognized the attack as terrorism after a nearly six-year campaign by Halberstam. She was co-author, with Gov. George E. Pataki, of the state's first counterterrorism legislation. In 2001, it became law, including a death penalty provision for terrorists.
Halberstam now seeks passage of "Ari's Law," calling for a ban on the sale of gun kits. It is part of a comprehensive gun-control bill pending in Congress.
Her visit is being sponsored by the Jewish Discovery Center and the American Jewish Committee. There is a $6 fee at the door.