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Jerusalem Fans Cheer Terror Survivor’s Proposal

Terror survivor and his fiance (Photo: courtesy)

When he was only nine, Asael Shabo was the victim of a terrorist attack. Not only did the boy lose his leg, but his mother and three brothers were murdered. Since then, Asael's girlfriend has helped him carry on with life. Yediot Achronot's Anav Silverman reports that Jerusalem basketball fans were on hand to cheer for this brave young man as he proposed to the woman who helped piece his life back together:

In front of thousands of basketball fans attending the Israeli Final Four semi-finals game between Hapoel Jerusalem and Hapoel Eilat on Monday, Asael Shabo, 22, stepped out onto the Jerusalem Arena court during halftime and proposed to his girlfriend, Saray Cohen. Shabo, who lost his mother and three brothers in a terror attack 14 years ago, was just as thrilled as the cheering crowd when his girlfriend accepted the ring, brushing away tears...

Shabo was nine years old when a Palestinian terrorist broke into his family's home in the Itamar community of Samaria and murdered his three brothers (Neria, Tzvika, and Avishai) and his mother (Rachel) on June 20, 2002. The terrorist shot Shabo in his right leg and wounded his sister, Aviya, in the attack.

With three bullets and pieces of shrapnel in his leg, Shabo was in a coma for five days. The limb had to be amputated, and he spent two years in the hospital, after which he went through intensive rehabilitation treatments at the Israel Sports Center for the Disabled (ISCD) in Ramat Gan.

"In life, you can only get up and keep going," Shabo put it succinctly.

Today, Shabo is a leading athlete at the Israel Sports Center for the Disabled, both as a basketball player and a swimmer on a national and international level. He also trains children with disabilities...

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