Tzviki Paley: “I Quickly Realized That My Brother Was No Longer Alive”

Tzviki Paley. (Kan News screenshot)

Tzviki Paley, the 16-year-old brother of HaKedoshim Asher, h’yd, and Yaakov, h’yd, was waiting in the car as his father and three brothers were waiting at the bus stop where the attack occurred.

In one second, his world changed as he watched the terror attack unfold in front of his eyes.

“I heard a powerful explosion,” he told Kan News on Wednesday. “I immediately went out of the car. I saw everyone sprawled on the ground. There was complete silence.”

“There’s no explanation that we understand. I remained in the car because Hakadosh Baruch Hu wanted me to remain in the car and not be outside. It was hashgacha. He [pointing at his 10-year-old brother Moishe] was standing next to Lederman, h’yd. They were standing next to each other, the car hit [Lederman, z’l] but Moishe only got a tiny scrape on his ear.”

“I look and I see one of the children [Yaakov, z’l] lying next to the bus stop. I very quickly understood that he’s not with us. He didn’t suffer at all, he was hit on the head. Afterward, I see that whoever was taking care of Abba was also taking care of my other brother, Ushi, z’l. He was lying on his stomach in a pool of mud and blood. They essentially determined his death on the scene but then they tried to resuscitate him again but they didn’t succeed. They evacuated him to Shaare Tzedek Hospital in critical condition.”

“And then I see Abba. He was bleeding from his head, had fractures on his skull, his ribs.  Abba was conscious, he was lying in a horrifying way – twisted. The first thing he said to whoever came to take care of him was: ‘What’s with the children? Don’t take care of me. Go take care of the children.'”

“I saw lots of paramedics running toward the scene. I ran and tried to reach Abba but I didn’t manage to speak with him before they took him away.”

At the end of the interview, Tzviki begged for tefillos for his father. “Abba is currently sedated and ventilated. He needs many tefillos. Anyone who can should please daven for him.”

The public is asked to daven for the refuah sheleimah of Avraham Noach ben Yehudis b’toch sha’ar cholei Yisrael


(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)


  1. Prayer- His name was NOT changed. I am on the phone right now with his cousin. There has BH not been any change with his situation except for the better, which is why they were able to transfer for him to Ein Kerem. He needs a lot of tefillos because he still needs several surgeries and rehab and the strength to deal with the news which he doesn’t yet know, but BH they are gradually waking him up.