Attack victim was survivor of 1929 Hebron Arab riots

January 25, 2002

In a sad historical twist, a victim of the terrorist shooting attack in Jerusalem on Tuesday was a survivor of the 1929 Hebron Arab riots. This is the third dispatch on the terrorist shooting attack in Jerusalem, the last one was titled, I almost killed a patient (January 23, 2002).

-- Tom Gross


Attack victim was survivor of 1929 Hebron Arab riots
By Margot Dudkevitch, Judy Siegel, and Gil Hofman
The Jerusalem Post
January 24, 2005

Sarah Hamburger, a 79-year-old Jerusalem mother of four who also had 11 grandchildren and one great grandchild, died from wounds sustained in the terrorist shooting attack in downtown Jerusalem on Tuesday, and will be buried at the city's Har Hamenuhot Cemetery today at 2 p.m.

The second fatality in the attack was a 57-year-old woman who was critically wounded and underwent resuscitation that failed. Her name had not been released by press time.

Hamburger was waiting at a bus stop, on her way to a lecture at Yad Sarah, when the terrorist opened fire. A seventh generation sabra, she was the widow of Rabbi Pinhas Hamburger. She was born in Jerusalem, and was raised until the age of five in Hebron. During the 1929 massacre of the Jewish community, an Arab neighbor helped the family to flee the city. They moved to Jerusalem, where she lived until her death.

Her daughter, Rivka, described her mother as a loving, dedicated family person, who loved to host family members in her home and was the backbone of the family. Despite the spate of terror attacks in Jerusalem in the past months she said her mother always told her children not to be afraid, saying, "This is our country, and here we will live."

Eight wounded from Tuesday's terror attack in downtown Jerusalem were still hospitalized yesterday. Hadassah-University Hospital in Ein Kerem had one woman in serious condition, one patient in satisfactory condition, and another with light wounds.

Hadassah-University Hospital on Mount Scopus had one patient in good condition in the surgical department and two women who had suffered shock.

At Shaare Zedek Hospital, two remained one a woman in serious condition and another in satisfactory condition.

The patient in serious condition at Shaare Zedek is 19-year-old Shayna Gould, an overseas student from Chicago at the Neveh Yerushalayim seminary in Jerusalem.

Friends from the seminary have been with her constantly saying Psalms. They asked the general public to pray for Shayna Miryam, daughter of Alka Yoheved.

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