Tuesday, August 9, 2016

August 9, 2001 - A Day Israel Will Never Forget

I've written this before and I will again now...August 9 is a particularly painful day in Israel, even if it is on the secular calendar and not the Hebrew date.

Most terror attacks that result in death, especially those that end in numerous deaths, break our hearts. Sometimes, beyond our heats, they even break our spirits. Some reach deep into our souls so deeply that we aren't sure we'll ever climb back up again and live.

I can't explain the difference between attacks but there are those that live on inside of us forever. I'd like to say that all of them do but after decades of attacks, names and places and numbers, they start to blur. It's hard to remember exactly how many died in that horrible attack in Netanya, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem...there were so many.

Afula, Beersheva, Haifa...a restaurant, a  mall, yet another bus exploding. Were there three bombers or two? There was the bride, Nava Applebaum, murdered the night before her wedding along with her father, David Applebaum, a gifted and much loved emergency and trauma doctor who helped reshape the face of Israel's emergency medical services.

There was Koby Mandell and his friend, Yosef Ishran, who were brutally murdered. The Fogels, The Henkins. Shalhevet Pass, a 10 month old baby shot in the head by a sniper. So many names, so many places.

On August 9, 2001, a terrorist blew himself up in the Sbarro pizzeria in Jerusalem. I pass this store on my way into the office here in Jerusalem. I ate there, I shop there. It's now a bakery and as best I can tell, there's no Sbarro chain in Israel. The name is forever linked with that beautiful, sunny day when families were out enjoying the summer vacation and met death.

Long after they were buried, to this day, the families struggle to come to terms...and what a silly phrase that is. Come to terms? How do you come to terms with the death of a child? Of a barbaric act that the world tries to bury?

One of the Sbarro terrorists died in the attack and one was captured later. She was the mastermind. She was the evil that helped the murderer slip into Jerusalem. She was the prostitute that sold herself to her cause, acting like the adorable girlfriend of a man with a guitar. Only the guitar case was filled with explosives; the woman filled with hatred.

She was released, this creature of darkness and hate and later proudly allowed herself to be interviewed. She describes her role in the murders. And then she is asked how many children died in that attack...how many were brutally murdered in cold blood.

She doesn't know. Three, she thinks. There is a pause and then she is told that 8 children died in that attack...eight. And she smiles.

August 9, 2001. Please remember:
- Giora Balash, 60, of Brazil
- Zvika Golombek, 26, of Carmiel
- Shoshana Yehudit Greenbaum, 31, of the U.S.
- Tehila Maoz, 18, of Jerusalem
- Frieda Mendelsohn, 62, of Jerusalem
- Michal Raziel, 16, of Jerusalem
- Malka Roth, 15, of Jerusalem
- Mordechai Schijveschuurder, 43, of Neria
- Tzira Schijveschuurder, 41, of Neria
- Ra'aya Schijveschuurder, 14, of Neria
- Avraham Yitzhak Schijveschuurder, 4, of Neria
- Hemda Schijveschuurder, 2, of Neria
- Lily Shimashvili, 33, of Jerusalem
- Tamara Shimashvili, 8, of Jerusalem
- Yocheved Shoshan, 10, of Jerusalem

May God avenge their blood and may Ahlam Tamimi's life be forever cursed. May the tears shed for her victims drown her in sorrows; may the agonies the families still endure be remembered well in the heavens on her Atonement day. There is nothing on earth that we can do to render justice for her crime but the True Judge awaits her. It is His plan that she lives, His divine justice that awaits her. She escaped an Israeli jail; but she will never escape God's.


Wolfgang said...

your words in the article "The Colors of Isreal" and "August 9th, 2001 - a day Israel will never forget" touched me deeply!

Be greateful to God that poltically and religiously you can be "pretty far to the right".

In my language, the German one the word "the right" means "die Rechten" which in
German is also part of the word " the righteous" ( in german "die Gerechten").

The word for " the left" ( " die Linken") implies the word "die Gelinkten" in German which means "the ones who have been cheated".

Truly righteous is only, who in the eyes of God is righteous.

These are my thoughts to the political "left" ones:
For a long time Germany had been pretty far left-winged.
Hitlers party was "national socialist", meaning left.
I grew up in the GDR - eastern Germany.
The government and their politics was "international socialist", also left-winged.

The GDR called himself crictical towards Isreal, but was in truth anti- semitic.
1990, when the GDR came to an end, a friend of mine told me the following: as a student he shared a room with an Arab, who was a member of the PLO.
He received his place at the university as an award.
For what?
In an ambush he shot a few jewish civilist with an automatic weapon.
For this "hero", the government of the GDR had a free he sholarship at the university.

It aches my heart to even think about it.
How mean can mankind be.

But God will not leave it that way.
He will once again reign over Israel, in righteousness and perfect love.
And noone will ever be able to harm his people then.

Just for a little while longer:)

Wolfgang said...

A father and a commander


Thank you, Herzl Tzemach :)

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