Terror attack in Jerusalem leaves two dead, many wounded

November 23 a Canadian-Israeli boy was killed in Jerusalem. 16-year-old Aryeh Shechopek was waiting for his school bus when a Palestinian terrorist set off twin bombs. According to the Jerusalem Post, nineteen people were wounded from the explosions and there was only a slim chance of Shechopek surviving the bombing. 

“The bombs were detonated remotely and were reportedly packed with nails and bolts to maximum casualties,” Anna Ahronheim from the Jerusalem Post wrote. “One bus that was near the scene of the first attack was riddled with holes, showing the dispersion of shrapnel.” Many witnessed the attack and saw the bombs before they were set off. The scene was cluttered with evidence of the attack afterward. 

Shechopek was the only who died the day of the attack, but 50-year-old Ben Ma’ada passed away the Saturday after the attack due to the critical wounds. Two others were severely injured and many were lightly injured due to the twin bombing. Hundreds attended Shechopek’s and Ma’ada’s funerals. 

Tia Goldenberg from the Associated Press wrote, “Tensions between Israelis and Palestinians have been surging for months, amid nightly Israeli raids in the occupied West Bank prompted by a spate of deadly attacks against Israelis that killed 19 people in the spring.” 

The long-standing battle between Israel and Palestine is far from over as civilians continue to be trapped in the violence.