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Israelis You Should Know: Alex Pekerman

Alex Pekerman, first female bomb disposal specialist in Jerusalem Police (Photo: police spokesperson)

So many brave men and women have given their all to protect Israel and her people. One of the courageous Israelis currently protecting the Holy Land, writes Yediot Achronot's Roi Yanovsky, is the Jerusalem Police's first female bomb disposal specialist, who has followed in her father's footsteps:

The wave of terrorism in Jerusalem has the district's police force working round the clock, going from one crime scene to another, sometimes without a moment's rest while on duty. The police's bomb squad is working particularly hard: disarming bombs, examining suspicious vehicles and objects and checking for explosives at scenes of terrorist attacks.

Master Sergeant Alex Pekerman, 27, stands out among them as she is the first female bomb disposal specialist in the Jerusalem Police. She joined the team just six months ago, just as hostilities erupted.

"I was born and raised in Jerusalem," she says. "I grew up during the terror attacks of the second intifada. When I was in junior high, as a teenager, I experienced the second intifada. I experienced fear while getting on a bus. Now I'm experiencing it from the side of the defenders."

She arrived at her current job in the Jerusalem Police after completing a degree in biology and geology, which she says includes many topics that are relevant to her job, such as physics and chemistry.

"My father is an explosive disposal officer and I grew up in this system," says Master Sergeant Pekerman. "I saw him doing the job, I knew the people, and somehow it always attracted me. After I finished my studies, I was looking for a job and somehow I got pulled into the field of explosive disposal. Slowly I got sucked in and here I am..."

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