Video Article: Anniversary Of Sbarro Pizza Bombing

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sbb1.jpgThe anniversary of the horrific Sbarro suicide bombing in Israel is today, Thursday 8/21/08, the Twentieth of AV. The following video is a story of how a person was saved from the Sbarro Pizza bombing in Israel and then saved again from the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center.

Click HERE to watch this amazing story being released first on YWN: “You’re Watching Me – Produced By Yossi Gross”, sung by Michoel (Pruz) Pruzansky.

The Sbarro restaurant suicide bombing took place on August 9, 2001 in Jerusalem, Israel.

At the time of the bombing, the Jerusalem branch of the Sbarro pizza restaurant chain was located at the corner of King George Street and Jaffa Road in Jerusalem, one of the busiest pedestrian crossings in Israel. Just before 2:00 p.m. on a summer holiday afternoon, when the restaurant was filled with customers and pedestrian traffic outside was at its peak, a suicide bomber thought to be carrying a rigged guitar case or wearing an explosive belt weighing 5 to 10 kilograms, containing explosives, nails, nuts and bolts, detonated his bomb.

In the blast 15 people (including 7 children) were killed, and 130 wounded. Both Hamas and the Islamic Jihad initially claimed responsibility. Several Hamas members were subsequently captured by the authorities, tried, convicted and imprisoned. The suicide bomber who died in the course of carrying out the attack was later identified to be Izz al-Din Shuheil al-Masri from the Palestinian West Bank town of Aqabah. Izz al-Masri was 22 at the time and the son of a successful restaurant owner, and from an affluent land-owning family. He was escorted to the restaurant by Ahlam Tamimi, a 20-year-old female university student and part-time journalist, who had disguised herself as a Jewish tourist for the occasion. Ahlam Tamimi was sentenced to 16 life terms. She later commented that “I am not sorry for what I did” and does not recognize Israel’s existence. The person who constructed the explosives was a man named Abdallah Barghouti. For his part in this and a string of other attacks, in which 66 civilians were killed, he was handed down 67 life sentences in 30 November 2004.

5 of the 15 people killed were a set of parents along with their three children (two other of their children survived).

(Moshe Altusky – YWN)




21 COMMENTS

  1. OUT OF CURIOSITY, I HAVE A QUESTION. I HAD ALWAYS HEARD THE STORY ( THE “NES” ) THAT IT INVOLVED 2 GIRLS- ONE A WAITRESS AT SABARROS AND THE OTHER AN AMERICAN SEMINARY STUDENT WHICH IS DIFFERENT THEN THE MR. PRUZANSKY ( IT IS A LOVELY SONG, BY THE WAY ). I THOUGHT I SAW THE STORY WITH THE 2 GIRLS WRITTEN IN THE YATED BUT PERHAPS I AM WRONG.. IT WOULD BE NICE IF SOMEONE WHO REALLY KNOWS WOULD CLEAR UP THE DETAILS. EITHER WAY, WHAT AN AMAZING NES!!!

  2. I love this song and video. Is it true that the story is fake?
    Thank you for recognizing the memorial of that terrible day. It is important to remember.

  3. iwas in Eretz Yisroel a bit after the first bombing fealing it my duty like every good niave yid coming from the US I went in to have a slice i wase talking to my freind about the arabs yimach shimom when a guy siting next to us inturupted and intradused himself as the owner and went on to explane how arabs wer reali good people and as amater of fackt he still gos out of his way to hire them till thes veri day, I was shocked to hear this i got up told him he wase nuts and left the store never to return again PS the situation remanes the same till this very day so lets not suport our enimys and find jewish only biz to suport

  4. BS”D

    Yidel: The story you are referring to is an out and out fake, and this Pruz song is another version of it that is totally fictitious.

    The original story (fake) is about a waitress named Tehila Maoz HY”D. Note the HY”D. She was killed in the bombing, and while her brother says that she did somehow get some people to leave for some reason, she certainly could not have been in NYC during 9/11 as she is in Gan Eden.

    A very strange story that I did witness: I was in Yerushalayim in 1995 or 1996 just when they were clearing out 2 stores to make room for Sbarro. One was a shoe store owned by an elderly couple IIRC, and they were selling off their stock, getting ready to close. The one next to it, the one right on the corner of King George and Yafo, was a jewelry store. One morning, I was walking past the Amudim building on the other side of Rechov Yafo, and all of a sudden a car reversed into the display window of the jewelry store in what looked to me like a staged accident – glass was smashed but B”H no one was hurt (insurance job or the like – it was not terror or it would have been all over the news that day). A premonition of what was to come?

  5. Beautiful and awe inspiring. It’s irrelevant whether it is true or not because any maamin knows it COULD have happened. The message is true and the song is beautiful. It’s a good idea to think twice before throwing ice water around.

  6. This article and its accompanying comments is an affront to the many terror victims and, especially, to those of this particular attack, all pure, innocent, deeply mourned tzaddikim. To associate a massacre of fifteen Jews, including eight children, (and the critical injury of Chana Tova bat Pesha) with a “miracle”, whitewashes the catastrophic nature of this atrocity. Why is it that so many frum Jews cannot sustain their belief in Hashem and his Torah in the face of such events? Why are they only able to remain faithful if the “proof” of Hashem’s involvement in our world is made simplistically patent? “Tzaddik v’rah lo” is a cold, harsh truth of existence. Remove your blinders: Acknowledge it, accept it and remember the Sbarro attack for what it really was.

  7. This article and its accompanying comments is an affront to the many terror victims and, especially, to those of this particular attack, all pure, innocent, deeply mourned tzaddikim. To associate a massacre of fifteen Jews, including eight children, (and the critical injury of Chana Tova bat Pesha) with a “miracle”, whitewashes the catastrophic nature of this atrocity. Why is it that so many frum Jews cannot sustain their belief in Hashem and his Torah in the face of such events? Why are they only able to remain faithful if the “proof” of Hashem’s involvement in our world is made simplistically patent? “Tzaddik v’rah lo” is a cold, harsh truth of existence. Remove your blinders: Acknowledge it, accept it and remember the Sbarro attack for what it really was.

  8. iwas in Eretz Yisroel a bit after the first bombing fealing it my duty like every good niave yid coming from the US I went in to have a slice i wase talking to my freind about the arabs yimach shimom when a guy siting next to us inturupted and intradused himself as the owner and went on to explane how arabs wer reali good people and as amater of fackt he still gos out of his way to hire them till thes veri day, I was shocked to hear this i got up told him he wase nuts and left the store never to return again PS the situation remanes the same till this very day so lets not suport our enimys and find jewish only biz to sup