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Israeli Suicide Bus on Display at Duke By: Frontpagemag.com
FrontPageMagazine.com | Monday, October 11, 2004


DURHAM , N.C. - In advance of the Fourth Annual Conference of the Palestine Solidarity Movement, the remains of a civilian passenger bus bombed by terrorists in Israel this year will be publicly displayed on Duke University campus this week by Chabad, a Jewish campus organization.

This Friday, the Palestine Solidarity Movement, a group that seeks to whitewash Palestinian terrorism and vilify Israel, will hold its national convention at Duke University. On Tuesday and Wednesday, October 12-13, Chabad of Duke University is hosting the Bus 19 Memorial Exhibit on Duke's West Campus on the Main Quad in front of the Duke Chapel. The bus itself is forty feet long and will stand silently on the quad, encouraging  students, community members, and educators alike to spend a moment reflecting on the victims of this and other terrorist bombings in Israel and around the world.

"Its display at Duke reflects students' pride and solidarity with the people of Israel and the sorrow for the victims and their families," says Rabbi Zalman Bluming, Executive Director of Chabad at Duke University "It also conveys students' condemnation of the ruthless tactics that have been used by Israel's neighbors in this conflict to derail the possibility of peace "
 
On January 29, 2004, shortly before 9:00 AM, a suicide bomber detonated the explosives strapped to his body a few moments after boarding Bus No. 19 in the heart of Jerusalem. The bus was filled with commuters.  The blast tore apart the bus, turning it into a twisted wreck.  The back half of the roof was lifted into the air and every window was blown out.  The suicide bomber maximized his destruction by packing metal shards and shrapnel around the explosives. Eleven people were killed. Over 50 were wounded, 13 of them seriously. Bus 19 was the 140th homicide bombing in Israel, in which 577 people have been killed and over 3500 have been injured.
 
Bus 19 has become a global symbol for the dread of life under terror, both in Israel and throughout the world. The exhibit first traveled to the International Court of Justice at The Hague, then it was brought to Washington DC, and now it is coming to Duke University. Its display will help thousands of Duke Students visualize the horror and pain that embodies daily life in Israel. Those killed on Bus 19 that morning were students and commuters on their way to school and work, not unlike the students and teachers who take Duke University's buses every day to classes and activities.
 
"The Bus, displayed on the eve of the PSM conference, will illustrate  that those who refuse to condemn the indiscriminate killing of innocent civilians cannot honestly claim to be seeking peace," said Rabbi Bluming. "Academic debates and superficial analogies to past conflicts cannot obscure the reality of the deliberate murder of innocent men, women, and children."
 
Come see for yourself the effects of radical evil.  Join us on the Campus Quad this Tuesday and Wednesday to stand with Israel and against terrorism by lighting a candle for the victims of this terrible tragedy.
 
The Bus 19 Exhibit is being sponsored by Chabad of Duke University, and endorsed by Jewish Grads for Israel. A Local Photo of the Bus on Duke Campus will be available Tuesday.
 
Contact  information:
Rabbi Zalman Bluming: rabbi@chabaddch.com or 919 630 5129
David Breau: david.breau@law.duke.edu or 484-764-6176
Student Interviews Available upon Request



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