Eva Geller, a Fellowship staff member in our Jerusalem office, shares her thoughts about the bus bombing today in Jerusalem, just a stone’s throw from The Fellowship’s office. The blast injured at least a dozen – and brought back tough memories.
Bus explosions were routine for us in the early 2000s. At many bus stations around Jerusalem, there are plaques saying that in a certain year, 10 (or 15 or 23) people were killed, along with a list of the names of all those victims.
Today was already a traumatic day for the citizens of Jerusalem and the small towns around Gaza, where the IDF found huge new attack tunnel.
We can't let terror win. But we can't control our minds and hearts. I admit that it’s frightening to think about the possibility that my friends and family could have been on that bus, or that terrorists could use those tunnels to get straight to citizens’ houses.
I live in the city center by the famous Mahane Yehuda Market. I was sitting in a cafe on Friday morning and telling a friend how sad it is that the market was empty for months. People have been afraid to come since October 2015, because of the wave of violence that plagued the country. It's a sad flashback to the Second Intifada, when the market suffered from many terror attacks.
My city became dark and empty. It's the holiest place on earth and the world remains silent throughout these attacks, even though it's supposed to be everyone's issue and worry. It's not even about politics but about believing that we all should keep Jerusalem safe from harm.
I’m not especially religious, but lately I’ve been saying a little prayer each morning that God will bless Israel and keep her safe.