Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Bombing update

This photo, from the Arutz Sheva website, shows the telephone booth where the terrorist bomb was planted. The name of the store in the picture, which is by the bus station, is "Blast of a Kiosk." It was given this name after it had been destroyed in a 1993 bomb blast.

A man at the kiosk noticed the suspicious package and told people to stay away. He then contacted police to report the package, which blew up while he was talking with them. His alert action very likely saved additional lives. It also points out the continual vigilance of the citizens of Israel.

Sadly, a 59-year-old woman was killed in the attack, and at least three others were seriously injured by the explosion. An additional 36 people were lightly or moderately injured by the explosion and by the shrapnel packed in the bomb. Earlier reports said the woman killed was an American. This might still be true. But if it is, it's not currently being reported by the news sources here in Israel.

As a result of the attack, security in Jerusalem and throughout Israel has been beefed up. The doormen at hotels are again carefully searching the bags of everyone entering, including our group. Restaurants, malls, and other public areas have also increased their screening process. Sadly, Israel knows how to do security well because they have had some much hands-on experience over the years.

But everyone on our trip is thankful Israel does take security so seriously!

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