One of two US citizens who were injured after a pair of deadly explosions rocked Jerusalem on Wednesday has been identified as the teenage daughter of a prominent New Jersey rabbi.
One of the explosions that police say was carried out by Palestinian militants killed Aryeh Shechopek, a 16-year-old Israeli-Canadian yeshiva student, who was on his way to school at the time of his death.
The explosions occurred 30 minutes apart at two bus stations during the morning rush hour. The attacks injured at least 18 people, and some reports put 26 casualties.
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy confirmed in a tweet that Rabbi Uri Pilichowski’s 18-year-old daughter Naomi Pilichowski was among those injured as he condemned the bombings.
“I pray for the victims and stand firmly with our friends in Israel against terrorism,” the Democrat wrote.
Rabbi Pilichowski, a well-known educator and columnist for The Jerusalem Post, detailed what happened to his daughter in a lengthy
*) There are people who planned this attack. They scouted the bus stop for days; they saw my daughter waiting everyday & aimed to kill her. These people are celebrating tonight. I might sound harsh, I don’t care. I want them dead. Not tried, not jailed. Executed. ASAP.— Uri Pilichowski (@RationalSettler) November 23, 2022
According to the New Jersey native, who currently lives in Israel with his wife and children, his daughter Naolmi was at a bus stop on her way to work when a bomb filled with nails and shrapnel shell exploded nearby.
“One of the coins flew at Naomi, hitting her, but not seriously. She felt ringing in her ears but was uninjured,” the rabbi wrote.
The recent high school graduate texted her family on WhatsApp that there had been a bomb attack and that she was “fine”, before adding that she was in an ambulance en route to a hospital .
After six hours, Naomi was released and the family gathered for dinner in Jerusalem to celebrate her happy escape.
Rabbi Pilichowski wrote at length about his “indescribable” dread of what might have happened to his daughter.
“Today could have been much worse,” he said. “A nail flying an inch or two higher or lower and I would have been sitting shiva (mourning vigil) tonight instead of offering thanks at a celebratory dinner.”
Addressing the terrorists who planned and carried out the deadly attacks, the rabbi said, “I may sound tough, I don’t care. I want them dead. Not judged, not imprisoned. Realized. AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE.”
The first explosion occurred at 7:06 a.m. local time on the outskirts of Jerusalem, followed 30 minutes later by a second explosion in the Ramot settlement.
“It was a crazy explosion. There is damage everywhere here,” Yosef Haim Gabay, a medic, told Israel Army Radio of the first blast. “I saw people with wounds that were bleeding everywhere.”
An initial police investigation revealed that the bombs were shrapnel that exploded from a distance. Both attacks are described as acts of Palestinian terrorism.
Outgoing Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid promised authorities would find the attackers.
“They can run, they can hide – it won’t help them,” he said in a statement. “We will punish them to the fullest extent of the law.”
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