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Shema Yisroel, what did you hear in the back of the bus pinned between memory and steel
Did you hear the girl explode in a delussion of martyrdom? Did you hear the towels sopping blood from the streets? Did you hear the film spinning like a circus ride? Did you hear the soldier shout to the ambulance driver? Did you hear the continuous commentary of the endless newsbreak above the din of metal cutters? Did you hear the cheque cut from the Saudi account in the Swiss banque? Did you hear them chanting "Zionism=nazism" in Chicago and New York? Yisroel, in the land of milk and honey, why do you hear only sirens and death?

On Friday, 12 April 2002, near 4:00 p.m. in the afternoon, as Jerusalemites were rushing for shabat, a young woman detonated herself outside a bus near Machne Yehuda. As usual, the rescue, triage, and removal of victims was swift. However, one passenger remained pinned in the bus for two hours.

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