Wednesday 23rd March 2011
Bomb in Jerusalem next to Binyanei HaUma at a very busy time when children are wending their way home. TV news shows a child’s winter coat in a pool of blood at the bus stop. The 2 kilogramme bomb was placed next to the bus stop to Maaleh Adumim from Har Nof. The bus absorbed the blast as it drew up to the stop. Zaka and Magen David Adom first response people at their stations nearby heard the explosion and came to immediate aid.
TV news shows a child’s winter coat in a pool of blood at the bus stop. The bomb was on a public telephone and detonated by remote control. Zaka and Magen David Adom first response teams nearby heard the explosion and came to immediate aid.
The 25 injured who were taken to Shaare Zedek Hospital were aged from 15, others were taken to Hadassah with injuries from critical to serious.
It was so unexpected, we apparently became used to travelling in peace. Hamas has been trying to take advantage of the chaos in the vicinity to create fears by launching many missiles at the South and now this. It is believed to be a lone terrorist from Hebron, but as yet no definite claims have been made.
Zvi and I passed the spot just a short time before – indeed a few minutes previously.
We were too involved in the repercussions of the court decision to imprison former President Katsav for seven years on rape and sexual harassment charges to understand or absorb this new yet so familiar tragedy.
Shalom dear friends, Shalom al Yisrael.
Love from a very sad Jerusalem