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New Jersey rabbi’s daughter injured in deadly Jerusalem blasts

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.

Naomi Pilichowski, 18, center, is pictured with her parents, Rabbi Uri Pilichowski, left, and mother Aliza.
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Israeli police inspect the scene of an explosion at a bus stop in Jerusalem on Wednesday.
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“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

Wednesday.

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 .

Two explosions occurred 30 minutes apart at separate bus stations in Jerusalem during the height of the morning rush hour.
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Aryeh Shechopek, a 16-year-old Canadian-Israeli citizen, was killed in one of the explosions on his way to school.
Aryeh Shechopek, a 16-year-old Canadian-Israeli citizen, was killed in one of the explosions on his way to school.
Mourners carry the body of Aryeh Shechopek during his funeral on Wednesday.
Mourners carry the body of Aryeh Shechopek during his funeral on Wednesday.
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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.”

Israeli police said bags containing nails and shrapnel exploded remotely.
Israeli police said bags containing nails and shrapnel exploded remotely.
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The belongings of the victims lie at the site of the explosion at a bus stop near the entrance to Jerusalem.
The belongings of the victims lie at the site of the explosion at a bus stop near the entrance to Jerusalem.
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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.

Rabbi Pilichowski is pictured with his wife and five of their children, including his daughter Naomi, at a celebratory dinner in Jerusalem just hours after the terror attacks.
Rabbi Pilichowski is pictured with his wife and five of their children, including his daughter Naomi, at a celebratory dinner in Jerusalem just hours after the terror attacks.
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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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