Suicide bombing of Egged bus no. 19 in Jerusalem
January 29, 2004

 Suicide bombing of Egged bus no 19 in Jerusalem-29-Jan-2004

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 Suicide bombing of Egged bus no 19 in Jerusalem-29-Jan-2004

Suicide bombing of bus no. 19 in Jerusalem

 Suicide bombing of Egged bus no 19 in Jerusalem-29-Jan-2004

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 Suicide bombing of Egged bus no 19 in Jerusalem-29-Jan-2004

Israeli rescue workers search the wreckage of Jerusalem bus following suicide bombing.

 Suicide bombing of Egged bus no 19 in Jerusalem-29-Jan-2004

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 Suicide bombing of Egged bus no 19 in Jerusalem-29-Jan-2004

Israeli rescue workers remove a body after the bombing

 Suicide bombing of Egged bus no 19 in Jerusalem-29-Jan-2004

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 Suicide bombing of Egged bus no 19 in Jerusalem-29-Jan-2004

Victims of suicide bombing receive initial treatment at the scene

 Suicide bombing of Egged bus no 19 in Jerusalem-29-Jan-2004

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A reexamination of body parts brought to the Abu Kabir forensic institute brought the death toll in the Jerusalem suicide bombing to 11. In addition, over 50 people were wounded, 13 of them seriously, in a suicide bombing of an Egged bus no. 19 shortly before 9:00 AM at the corner of Gaza and Arlozorov streets in Jerusalem. The bus starts its route at Hadassah Ein Kerem and makes its way through the center of Jerusalem to Hadassah Hospital and the Hebrew University on Mount Scopus.

The bomber was in the back of the bus when he detonated the explosives, said Jerusalem Police Chief Mickey Levy. The blast tore apart the bus, turning it into a twisted wreck. The back half of the roof was blown into the air and every window was blown out.

Both the Fatah-related Al Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades and Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack, naming the bomber as Ali Yusuf Jaara, a 24-year-old Palestinian policeman from Bethlehem.

  • Terrorist leader responsible for last Thursday’s Jerusalem suicide bombing killed in Bethlehem – Feb 2, 2004

    Behind the Headlines –
    Jan 29, 2004

    Israelis started their morning today having to face shocking pictures of dead commuters – victims of yet another suicide bomber.
    The anti-terrorist fence could have prevented this massacre.
    The sheer absurdity cannot be ignored. While Palestinian terrorists continue to murder Israelis, the pro-Arab majority at the UN is forcing Israel into the dock at the International Court over the fence. Thus, the supporters of terrorism condemn the victims of terrorism for simply trying to protect themselves.
    All those who criticize Israel for building the fence should take a good look at this morning’s pictures from Jerusalem.
    On a day when Israel is exchanging hundreds of imprisoned terrorists for the freedom of a kidnapped Israeli civilian and the bodies of three missing soldiers, Palestinian terrorism claims the lives of ten innocent victims, while maiming dozens more. This proves once again that in contrast to Israel’s humane outlook, which views each individual as an entire world, the terrorists murder indiscriminately and disdain the sanctity of human life.

    The victims:

  • Avraham (Albert) Balhasan, 28, of Jerusalem
  • Rose Boneh, 39, of Jerusalem
  • Hava Hannah (Anya) Bonder, 38, of Jerusalem
  • Anat Darom, 23, of Netanya
  • Viorel Octavian Florescu, 42, of Jerusalem
  • Natalia Gamril, 53, of Jerusalem
  • Yechezkel Isser Goldberg, 41, of Betar Illit
  • Baruch (Roman) Hondiashvili, 38, of Jerusalem
  • Dana Itach, 24, of Jerusalem
  • Mehbere Kifile, 35, of Ethiopia
  • Eli Zfira, 48, of Jerusalem


     Suicide bombing of Egged bus no 19 in Jerusalem-29-Jan-2004

    Avraham Balhasan

     
     Suicide bombing of Egged bus no 19 in Jerusalem-29-Jan-2004

    Rose Boneh

     
     Suicide bombing of Egged bus no 19 in Jerusalem-29-Jan-2004

    Hava Bonder

     
     Suicide bombing of Egged bus no 19 in Jerusalem-29-Jan-2004

    Anat Darom

     Suicide bombing of Egged bus no 19 in Jerusalem-29-Jan-2004

    Octavian Florescu

     
     Suicide bombing of Egged bus no 19 in Jerusalem-29-Jan-2004

    Natalia Gamril

     
     Suicide bombing of Egged bus no 19 in Jerusalem-29-Jan-2004

    Yechezkel Goldberg

     
     Suicide bombing of Egged bus no 19 in Jerusalem-29-Jan-2004

    Baruch Hondiashvili

     Suicide bombing of Egged bus no 19 in Jerusalem-29-Jan-2004

    Dana Itach

     
     Suicide bombing of Egged bus no 19 in Jerusalem-29-Jan-2004

    Mehbere Kifile

     
     Suicide bombing of Egged bus no 19 in Jerusalem-29-Jan-2004

    Eli Zfira


     

    February 2, 2004

    Ten overseas volunteers in the Jewish Agency-Magen David Adom program help rescue victims of Thursday’s bus bombing
    (Communicated by the JAFI Communications and Information Unit)

    10 young volunteers in the joint Jewish Agency-Magen David Adom Yochai Porat Overseas Volunteers Program, helped save lives of victims in Thursday’s suicide bombing attack on the Number 19 in the heart of Jerusalem. The volunteers were from the USA and Canada. Some of these volunteers had been at the MDA station and leaped onto ambulances. Several who were not on duty, ran to the scene as soon as they. For some this was their second tour of duty. However for others this was their first baptism under fire. On the scene they all did what they were trained to do. Only afterwards did they stop to think. In order to enable them to cope with the indelible scenes that they witnessed, the Jewish Agency organized a group session with a psychiatrist.

    The Jewish Agency-Magen David Adom Overseas Volunteers Program began 13 years ago with Canada. Two years ago it became a multinational program, thanks to the efforts of the charismatic Jewish Agency Coordinator, Yochai Porat (who was killed last year by a terrorist sniper, while he was performing reserve service as a medic and for whom the course is now named). The program trains volunteers from abroad to qualify as "first responders" in an intensive course taught in English or other foreign languages. They then serve for two months on Magen David Adom stations and on ambulances throughout Israel. Some thousand volunteers have already participated in the program. Many come back to do more advanced courses (e.g. medic, driver etc.) and perform additional service. The latest course for overseas volunteers began last Sunday, and a new course cycle will begin on July 1st. The number of young men and women who volunteer for the course has increased greatly, and this year some 350 volunteers are expected to arrive to serve in this program.

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