Jerusalem bus bombing FOR GALLERY 521 1.
(photo credit: Moshe Milner GPO)
On December 25, 1994, Shimshon Moshe’s kiosk was torn apart by a blast from a
suicide bomber standing at a bus stop, across from Jerusalem International
The bomb exploded prematurely, wounding 13 and killing
the suicide bomber.
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Moshe survived the attack and rebuilt his kiosk,
which does a brisk business selling sandwiches, drinks, and snacks to travelers
heading out of the city. Tipping his hat to fate, he ironically renamed his
kiosk “Pitzutz Shel Kiosk” or “Blast of a Kiosk.”
Seventeen years later,
Moshe’s kiosk was again the center of a bus bombing in Jerusalem.
asked my brother-in law to take over for an hour or so while I went home to
rest,” Moshe, 58, told The Jerusalem Post as he was closing the kiosk and
finding shrapnel behind the counter. Moshe said he hadn’t been feeling well and
that his brother-inlaw, David Amuyal, 52, often helped him out by allowing him
to rest in the afternoons.
Just after 3 p.m., Amuyal noticed a suspicious
bag underneath a public pay phone.
“He was trying to get people to move
away from the area and he called the police at 100, and as he was talking to the
police, it exploded,” said Moshe.
Amuyal is heard in an eery police
recording, played on television stations on Wednesday night, warning of the
impending terrorist attack.
“I am speaking from Pitzutz Shel Kiosk,
Binyenei Ha’uma,” he says. “There’s a suspicious bag here at the bus
He is then interrupted by the sound of an explosion, and the
police officer is heard saying, “Hello? Hello?” Amuyal was severely wounded and
was brought to Hadassah-University Hospital, Ein Kerem, where he underwent
surgery on Wednesday evening. He had internal bleeding and deep cuts on his legs
from the shrapnel.
Moshe said that he often acted as a de facto security
guard at the busy bus stops.
“There aren’t any policemen there, so if
people see a suspicious package, who do they turn to? Us at the kiosk,” he
“We have a routine. [We] get the people away, call the police.
We’re acting like policemen, but what can you do?” The kiosk sustained light
damage in Wednesday’s attack. Moshe vowed to return to work Thursday
“Nothing will overcome us.
Tomorrow morning we’ll return
to clean and set up and do what we need to and return to work,” he
“This is our livelihood, and we’re not going to do anything
I’m not going to change the name, and I’m going to keep
working there, and we’ll be there for another 30 years.”