The bus

Wednesday the twenty third of March 2011,
a bomb exploded at a bus stop in Jerusalem. A terrorist attack like this hasn't happen in years in Jerusalem. Several people were injured and a woman died of her injuries. Some one left a bomb in a bag at the side of the road at a bus stop near the central station.

I was shocked, ...

... "it could have been us at a bus stop in Jerusalem".

Usually when you have been to a country on vacation, every time you see images of places you have been to for example on TV, you react like, "there is where we walked". Instantly you remember being there. The memories are most of the time pleasant ones or at least memorable when what you experienced there was quiet an adventure for some reason. This time it was different. After the shock, I got sad and even angry. But to me, to forgive is to bless.

We are used to take the bus, a train or the underground (the tube, metro) in our own country and also when we are a brought. At the time of our visit to Jerusalem in February 2010, we didn't see a reason why not to do so, and I have nice memories especially of the people I talked to. We did not go to this particular bus stop. But a bus stop is a bus stop where ever.  Now one might say, "you are a tourist, take a taxi" or "why would you take a bus any way, aren't you a tourist?".

Remember the time, when the IRA wasn't in love with the UK? Years back when the IRA was active in London. Despite everything public transport over there didn't come to a stand still, did it? Did tourists use it any way? And you could not get into public buildings like museums etcetera without being checked. Their are other European countries where people get confronted with situations like this.

People can't come to a stand still, they do have their lives to live. A city where ever just can't shut down. The same goes for Jerusalem's people and their city.

Prime minister Netanyahu said amongst other things, "Israeli people has an iron will to defend their country". Well said. But I ask, what keeps that iron will in place? I believe a heart that can't stop loving Israel, their land, their country. I pray,

... for the peace of Jerusalem:
“May those who  l o v e  you be secure.
7 May there be peace within your walls
and security within your citadels.”
8 For the sake of my family and friends,
I will say, “Peace be within you.”
9 For the sake of the house of the LORD our God,
I will seek your prosperity.
Psalm 122

God bless you,


Note: my sincere condolences to family and friends of the victim who died. 
Those who are injured, I wish a speedy recovery.

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Author: © Mrs A. vd Laan-LeitoPosted in: Opinion