The anniversary of the horrific Sbarro suicide bombing in Israel is 8/21/08, the Twentieth of AV.
The following video is a story of how a person was saved from the Sbarro Pizza bombing in Israel and then saved again from the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center.
Visit http://www.theyeshivaworld.com to watch this amazing story being released first on YWN: “You’re Watching Me – Produced By Yossi Gross”, sung by Michoel (Pruz) Pruzansky.
The Sbarro restaurant suicide bombing took place on August 9, 2001 in Jerusalem, Israel.
At the time of the bombing, the Jerusalem branch of the Sbarro pizza restaurant chain was located at the corner of King George Street and Jaffa Road in Jerusalem, one of the busiest pedestrian crossings in Israel. Just before 2:00 p.m. on a summer holiday afternoon, when the restaurant was filled with customers and pedestrian traffic outside was at its peak, a suicide bomber thought to be carrying a rigged guitar case or wearing an explosive belt weighing 5 to 10 kilograms, containing explosives, nails, nuts and bolts, detonated his bomb.
In the blast 15 people (including 7 children) were killed, and 130 wounded. Both Hamas and the Islamic Jihad initially claimed responsibility. Several Hamas members were subsequently captured by the authorities, tried, convicted and imprisoned. The suicide bomber who died in the course of carrying out the attack was later identified to be Izz al-Din Shuheil al-Masri from the Palestinian West Bank town of Aqabah. Izz al-Masri was 22 at the time and the son of a successful restaurant owner, and from an affluent land-owning family.
He was escorted to the restaurant by Ahlam Tamimi, a 20-year-old female university student and part-time journalist, who had disguised herself as a Jewish tourist for the occasion.
Ahlam Tamimi was sentenced to 16 life terms. She later commented that “I am not sorry for what I did” and does not recognize Israel’s existence.
The person who constructed the explosives was a man named Abdallah Barghouti. For his part in this and a string of other attacks, in which 66 civilians were killed, he was handed down 67 life sentences in 30 November 2004.
5 of the 15 people killed were a set of parents along with their three children (two other of their children survived).
(Moshe Altusky – YWN)
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Originally published: https://web.archive.org/web/20101130193246/http://smoothstoneblog.com/2008/08/anniversary-of-sbarro-pizza-bombing.htm