Erik Schechter traveled down from New York to take a trip with me out to the Bus 19 site. His story as a survivor of the January 29, 2004 bombing is quite moving, yet told from a very matter-of-fact point of view. His audience was a group of law enforcement officers who were spending the [...]
Ray VanMeter, an expert instructor on suicide counter-terrorism, recently came to visit the Bus 19 site. He asked the question, “What do you think when you see an abandoned car by the side of the road?” Let’s hope that his comments do not come to fruition.
A few weeks ago, a local freelance journalist, Maayan Jaffe, contacted me while researching an article for the Baltimore Jewish Times that she was writing about discussing the ways we should teach kids about terror. Maayan wrote a great piece that I’ve attached in this post. It’s a great question; how should we teach our [...]
Tomorrow, January 29th 2011, marks the 7th anniversary of the Bus 19 bombing. We shall always remember the individuals who perished on that tragic day and pray that the survivors can carry on with their lives.
Avraham (Albert) Balhasan, 28, of Jerusalem
Rose Boneh, 39, of Jerusalem
Hava Hannah (Anya) Bonder, 38, of Jerusalem
Anat Darom, 23, of Netanya
I had the pleasure of meeting with Yossi Kushner of Y&L Landscaping, Inc. yesterday (November 15th) to discuss the specifics of the Bus 19 Memorial Garden. The landscape designer, Rozzie Walman will be having a detailed phone call with Brenda Margolis, the Bus 19 Project architectural designer in the near future. We need to determine [...]
Michael Raphael from Direct Dimensions just sent me the link for viewing the panoramic images of Bus 19. It allows you to step inside the Bus by the driver’s seat and experience being on the Bus as well as other impressive views. Take a few minutes and checkout these views. This is also the area [...]
I spent Friday afternoon, October 22nd, at the site of the Bus 19 Project with Michael Raphael and his technician from Direct Dimensions. They are an Owings Mills, Maryland company that has a unique software and camera system that allows them to take digital photos and laser scans of objects (and people) and render them [...]
Fund raising for the Bus 19 Memorial Garden and Education Pavilion is continuing as planned. What’s really special, is that we recently received funds from the nephew of one of the victims for the Bus 19 Scholarship fund. The nephew raised the money through a marathon running event in honor of his grandmother’s 80th birthday. [...]
I will often write blog postings that reflect our current global counter-terrorism efforts. These efforts are needed so that another Bus 19 tragedy does not occur. Today, September 12th through Wednesday, September 15th there is an important conference being held at IDC Herzliya in Israel. The World Summit on Counter-Terrorism is holding it’s 10th International [...]
At another recent event at the Bus 19 site, I found a Bezeq, prepaid calling card lodged in a metal strip above the driver’s seat. Just another example of an everyday tool caught up in the tragedy.