This wasn’t a day we ever dreamed of…even in our nightmares. A🧵on today's terror attack and our daughter.

Early this morning, our 18-year-old daughter Naomi walked to her regular Jerusalem bus stop to commute to her national service job in Beit Shemesh.
1/19 Image
As she approached the stop, a Palestinian terrorist detonated a bomb packed with nails and other shrapnel. One of the pieces flew at Naomi, hitting her, but not seriously. She felt ringing in her ears but wasn’t hurt.
Naomi texted our family WhatsApp group that there’d been a bombing and she was fine. There hasn’t been a bombing in years, I was sure she was mistaken. None of the news sites had the story, but her next text said she was in an ambulance on the way to the hospital.
Aliza and I met Naomi at the hospital, saw the wound wasn’t serious, and waited while she was interviewed by doctors, Shabak, the police, social workers, and psychologists. After 6 hours Naomi was released and we drove home, thankful that Naomi was OK.
One of my teachers, Dr. Gil Troy, sent me an email suggesting our family go out and celebrate immediately. We thought that was a great idea, and other than one daughter who was in transit to New York, we all agreed to meet in Jerusalem for a celebratory dinner.
At dinner each member of our family spoke about what they were grateful for that day. Naomi’s words of being grateful for a supportive family really came home for all of us. Each of her parents and siblings quickly realized that just being ourselves was a big help to Naomi.
We committed to commemorate Erev Rosh Chodesh Kislev each year together as a day to offer thanks to Hashem. Very conscious that all too many of our friends commemorate annual yahrzeits of their terror victims, we’re grateful to be able to celebrate annually.
Throughout the day I received tens of media requests. I wasn’t going to do any of them, but Aliza thought it was important I humanize the attack for people. I had seen victim’s families provide the nation with encouragement and I wanted to try to help our nation.
As the day progressed, I gave interviews to countless media outlets in Israel, and as the world woke up, to outlets as far away as Brazil and Miami. As the day went on my random thoughts coalesced and I recognized my feelings. I’d like to share them here.
*) I felt sad because of what had happened and angry at those who caused it. Most of all, I felt terrified. Not the terror of what could happen in the future, but of what I almost lost. Terror sweeps over me and overwhelms me. I cry and can’t breathe. It’s indescribable.
*) Today could’ve been much worse. A nail flying an inch or two higher or lower and I’d have been sitting shiva tonight instead of offering thanks at a celebratory dinner. I’m grateful I’m celebrating instead of mourning tonight.
*) I’m blown away by the kindness of the Jewish people. The nurses, doctors, family, friends, & strangers all called, reached out & supported us during this horrible time. Rabbi Fass, Tony Gelbart, Daniel Geller & Nefesh B’Nefesh went out of the way to make sure we are OK.
*) Israel is a safe country. Yes, the headlines are scary, but while 1 was killed today & 22 were injured, 9 million Israelis were perfectly safe. They were safe yesterday, today & they’ll be safe tomorrow. Don’t be taken by headlines, Israel is a wonderful and safe place.
*) I’m grateful to the support of the Israeli and American governments. Knesset members, local government officials, the White House, Congresspeople, the current American Ambassador, two former American Ambassadors, and many of their staff, all reached out.
*) There are people who planned this attack. They scouted the bus stop for days; they saw my daughter waiting everyday & aimed to kill her. These people are celebrating tonight. I might sound harsh, I don’t care. I want them dead. Not tried, not jailed. Executed. ASAP.
*) This attack took expertise, training, and planning. It was expensive, it took funds and support. It took a world willing to look away from Palestinian, Iranian, and Qatari funding of terror, to find a small amount of terror acceptable. The world must shut them down.
*) This attack had nothing to do with occupation, a state or apartheid. Arab terror and attacks occurred before 1948 and before 1967 and continue today. These attacks are caused by antisemites who hate the Jewish people and want Jewish people dead. Don’t be fooled.
Naomi will be fine. Our family will be fine. Our people will be fine. The Jewish State will be fine. The Jewish people will grow and flourish. Hashem will protect us and keep us safe. Our enemies will be defeated, and we will be the ones to defeat them.
Thank you to all those who reached out today. I’m sorry if I couldn’t return every message, but your words meant the world to me and to our family. We’ve never felt so loved and supported.

• • •

Missing some Tweet in this thread? You can try to force a refresh

Keep Current with Uri Pilichowski

Uri Pilichowski Profile picture

Stay in touch and get notified when new unrolls are available from this author!

Read all threads

This Thread may be Removed Anytime!


Twitter may remove this content at anytime! Save it as PDF for later use!

Try unrolling a thread yourself!

how to unroll video
  1. Follow @ThreadReaderApp to mention us!

  2. From a Twitter thread mention us with a keyword "unroll"
@threadreaderapp unroll

Practice here first or read more on our help page!

More from @RationalSettler

May 8
I'm fed up. A thread.

I’ve had it. I’m fed up with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and with Palestinian terror. I’m fed up with our leadership, with weak kneed Jews, with cowards, I’m fed up with our inability to stop the Palestinians.

These past five weeks have seen tens of new Israeli orphans, brutal killings of innocent people and tens of attempts that aren’t even reported in the mainstream media. Palestinian attackers have become animals, using knives and axes to butcher their Jewish and Arab victims.
It’s possible to posit that murder is murder and the methods don’t matter - but that isn’t true. The brutal method employed in their attacks is meant to terrorize and demoralize the Israeli people. The methods matter.
Read 13 tweets
May 7
Everyday I drive to Jerusalem and pass Palestinians on the side of the road who are looking for a ride. There are shared ride vans that pick up Palestinians, but I’d love to pick them up.
I’m sure I’m not the only Israeli that feels this way, but then that voice in my head tells me, “Don’t do it, you don’t know them, you never know.”
This story of an Israeli who picked up Palestinians to be nice and was paid back by being attacked by terrorists just reinforces the little voice in my head that warns me to be more cautious than kind.
Read 6 tweets
Sep 20, 2021
“The Squad,” the group of progressive members of Congress, have always couched their anti-Israel positions beneath a false veneer of advocacy for human rights.
Many Jews, I included, not only see their hypocrisy on human rights (they only seem to criticize Israel’s treatment of Palestinians, but never Egypt, Hamas, Lebanon, Syria, Kuwait, the PA, etc. treatment of Palestinians) as anti-Israel, but antisemitic as well.
The Squad’s rhetoric has often been blatantly antisemitic with hateful tropes like Jewish money controlling Congress and Jews hypnotizing the world. It is only the most biased progressives who refuse to see their hate for what it is – antisemitism.
Read 5 tweets
Sep 10, 2021
I had an epiphany of sorts over Rosh Hashanah during the Rosh Hashanah prayers. It was one of those “ahaha” moments when everything seems to come together in one obvious idea, but then you ask yourself, how am I going to explain this to other people?
I frequently write about conflicts; The Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Arab-Israeli conflict, the left-right conflict, Israel-Diaspora conflict, Torah observant-not Torah observant conflict, Hassidic-Misnagid conflict, etc.
I have long ago realized the key to understanding conflicts, and working to solutions, is understanding the values each side holds dear in their framework. I’ve found most conflicts are generated by a difference of values between the two sides.
Read 8 tweets
Sep 10, 2021
Three years ago, on the 7th of Tishrie, Ari Fuld, הי״ד, a Torah scholar, warrior, a defender of Israel on multiple battlefields, and a childhood friend, was murdered by a Palestinian terrorist.
Three days later, on Yom Kippur, our family sat down and decided Ari’s influence on the world was too great to end. Everyone had to play their part in filling the void his murder left. Our family decided to begin studying the weekly Torah portion together on Friday mornings.
We got this idea from Ari’s younger brother @HilzFuld who studies the weekly Torah portion with his children. Some weeks we study at home and others we go to a coffee shop to study. After a few weeks my father began joining us, and sometimes my mother does as well.
Read 4 tweets
Aug 3, 2021
Are Liberal Zionists real?

It has become fashionable for Pro-Israel advocates to denigrate liberals as anti-Israel & even antisemitic. This is no doubt due in part to progressive Democrats like @AOC, @SenSanders, @IlhanMN,
& @RashidaTlaib & their anti-Israel positions.
It’s important to make two points. First, progressives aren’t liberals. They ascribed to two different political philosophies and grouping them together is just as ignorant as grouping libertarian and conservatives together.
Second, there is nothing about liberalism and Zionism that is mutually exclusive of each other. Over the past week I’ve surveyed Liberal Zionists to ask them what differentiates their approach to Zionism from other streams of Zionism.
Read 9 tweets

Did Thread Reader help you today?

Support us! We are indie developers!

This site is made by just two indie developers on a laptop doing marketing, support and development! Read more about the story.

Become a Premium Member ($3/month or $30/year) and get exclusive features!

Become Premium

Don't want to be a Premium member but still want to support us?

Make a small donation by buying us coffee ($5) or help with server cost ($10)

Donate via Paypal

Or Donate anonymously using crypto!


0xfe58350B80634f60Fa6Dc149a72b4DFbc17D341E copy


3ATGMxNzCUFzxpMCHL5sWSt4DVtS8UqXpi copy

Thank you for your support!

Follow Us on Twitter!