On January 29, 2004 shortly before 9 a.m., Egged Bus No. 19 was at the corner of Gaza and Arlozorov streets in Jerusalem, Israel. A homicide bomber was on the back of the bus when he detonated his bomb. The casualty count was ultimately set at 11 dead, and over 50 people wounded, 13 of them seriously. The bus was brought to The Hague in the Netherlands in February 2004 for the hearings at the International Court of Justice. These hearings dealt with the legality of Israel’s security fence. Bus 19 was brought as a living testimony to silence Israel’s critics. The bus toured around the United States as a witness to the tragedy of terrorism, ultimately ending up at a day camp in Maryland.
The Bus 19 Project’s Mission is to design and build a memorial garden and education pavilion to remember the 11 individuals who lost their lives and to educate the public on the terrible effects of global terrorism. The education center will be open to students, EMTs, government agencies and other scheduled tour groups.