May 11: From Death to Life

Yom Ha Zicharon

(Soldiers and Victims Memorial Day)

 

Since her rebirth in 1948, Israel has fought many wars and waves of terror. The sound of alarms is almost continuous in some areas of the country and people have only 6 seconds to reach the safety of a bomb shelter.

Terror stalks on many streets with many weapons. Bombs hidden on busses or backpacks have taken many lives and maimed many others. Cars have become weapons and so are knives, axes and even scissors!

There seems to be no end of the violence and hatred.

The worst and least understood is while the families of the victims mourn the death of their loved ones, often in the communities of the terrorist there is celebration over the death of the enemy.

But King David mourned the death of Saul who had become his enemy.

2 Samuel 1: 17-27

Then David lamented with this lamentation over Saul and over Jonathan his son, and he told them to teach the children of Judah the Song of the Bow; indeed it is written in the Book of Jasher:

“The beauty of Israel is slain on your high places!

How the mighty have fallen!

Tell it not in Gath,

Proclaim it not in the streets of Ashkelon—

Lest the daughters of the Philistines rejoice,

Lest the daughters of the uncircumcised triumph.

“O mountains of Gilboa,

Let there be no dew nor rain upon you,

Nor fields of offerings.

For the shield of the mighty is cast away there!

The shield of Saul, not anointed with oil.

From the blood of the slain,

From the fat of the mighty,

The bow of Jonathan did not turn back,

And the sword of Saul did not return empty.

“Saul and Jonathan were beloved and pleasant in their lives,

And in their death they were not divided;

They were swifter than eagles,

They were stronger than lions.

“O daughters of Israel, weep over Saul,

Who clothed you in scarlet, with luxury;

Who put ornaments of gold on your apparel.

“How the mighty have fallen in the midst of the battle!

Jonathan was slain in your high places.

I am distressed for you, my brother Jonathan;

You have been very pleasant to me;

Your love to me was wonderful,

Surpassing the love of women.

“How the mighty have fallen,

And the weapons of war perished!”

PRAY GOD’S LOVE WILL COMFORT THOSE WHO MOURN AND TRANSFORM THOSE WHO HATE.

 

Ori, an Egged bus driver who drove behind the 78 line bus that was attacked by two Arab terrorists in Jerusalem's southeastern Armon Hanatziv neighborhood. In the attack two people, including a 60-year-old man, were murdered and 15 others wounded, eight seriously. Two terrorists conducted the attack, one armed with a gun and another with a knife; one was shot dead and the other was shot and taken into custody. "We drove out at 10 a.m., we were driving one after the other. When I reached this point, Yisrael - the other driver, my friend - got out of the bus and ran towards my bus (shouting): 'stop, stop, there's a terrorist in the bus,'" recalled Ori. "Then the terrorist started to run after him with the knife, a large knife. He ran up to my door, I closed the door and he ran back to the (other) bus." "When Yisrael tried to approach, because he had passengers in the bus, he shouted to me 'he's slaughtering them, he's slaughtering them,' and we had nothing we could do, we were trying to contact the police, there's nothing we could do. I don't have a gun, he doesn't have a gun." "The terrorist approached again, and after a moment when he understood that in the best case scenario either Yisrael gets on with me and we flee or else run him over, there's no other situation, he went back to the (other) bus and locked the passengers in the bus until the police arrived, but in the meantime what he did there..." said Ori, trailing off. Speaking about how the terrorist was neutralized, the driver continued, saying, "the police arrived, what I saw from here outside - because you can't see inside - is that they of course shot in the windows of the bus and the doors to enter. They went in, and what happened inside I have no idea."
Ori, an Egged bus driver who drove behind the 78 line bus that was attacked by two Arab terrorists in Jerusalem’s southeastern Armon Hanatziv neighborhood.
In the attack two people, including a 60-year-old man, were murdered and 15 others wounded, eight seriously. Two terrorists conducted the attack, one armed with a gun and another with a knife; one was shot dead and the other was shot and taken into custody.
“We drove out at 10 a.m., we were driving one after the other. When I reached this point, Yisrael – the other driver, my friend – got out of the bus and ran towards my bus (shouting): ‘stop, stop, there’s a terrorist in the bus,'” recalled Ori.
“Then the terrorist started to run after him with the knife, a large knife. He ran up to my door, I closed the door and he ran back to the (other) bus.”
“When Yisrael tried to approach, because he had passengers in the bus, he shouted to me ‘he’s slaughtering them, he’s slaughtering them,’ and we had nothing we could do, we were trying to contact the police, there’s nothing we could do. I don’t have a gun, he doesn’t have a gun.”
“The terrorist approached again, and after a moment when he understood that in the best case scenario either Yisrael gets on with me and we flee or else run him over, there’s no other situation, he went back to the (other) bus and locked the passengers in the bus until the police arrived, but in the meantime what he did there…” said Ori, trailing off.
Speaking about how the terrorist was neutralized, the driver continued, saying, “the police arrived, what I saw from here outside – because you can’t see inside – is that they of course shot in the windows of the bus and the doors to enter. They went in, and what happened inside I have no idea.”

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