By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu Arutz Sheva September 6, 2005
Wednesday’s sixth Nefesh B’Nefesh flight this summer includes a victim of
Arab terror and a New York couple celebrating a post-wedding festival meal on
More than 200 new immigrants are scheduled to land at Ben Gurion Airport
Wednesday afternoon. One more flight of new immigrants (olim) is planned in
December, bringing this year’s number of North American olim to 3200.
Chicago-born Tuvia Grossman, 25, said his moving to Israel is a way of
showing how a small country can stand up against terror. He was one of the first
terror victims in the Oslo War which broke out in September, 2000 the day
before Grossman was brutally attacked. He was riding in a cab with two friends
to pray at the Western Wall Friday afternoon before the beginning of the
Jewish New Year (Rosh HaShanah).
Grossman, attacked by Arabs in Sept. 2000, makes aliyah Wednesday
A mob of Arabs stopped the vehicle with a barrage of rock throwing near the
Lions Gate which leads to the Temple Mount. His friends jumped out of the
car and escaped, but Grossman was dragged out by the mob and severely beaten
and stabbed. “I understood they had one objective–to murder me in cold blood
because I am a Jew in the Holy Land,” Grossman said. As the terrorists tried
to kill him, he said “Kriyat Shema,” the prayer Jews recite when faced with
death, and the recital apparently stunned the mob momentarily and allowed him
to flee, with a knife stuck in his leg.
Picture and caption as they originally appeared in New York Times.
International attention on the attack was intensified after the New York
Times and other newspapers published an Associated Press picture of the
wounded and bleeding terror victim. Standing behind him in the picture was an angry
Israeli policeman with a club in his hand. The caption of the picture which
read, “An Israeli policeman and a Palestinian on the Temple Mount,” clearly
implied that the Jewish victim was a Palestinian beaten by Israelis.
Arutz Sheva English radio interviewed Tuvia who said, “That policeman was
yelling at the Arabs to back off, and was protecting me from them – so to
change it around and to say that he was beating me, that’s just total distortion,
and the world must be notified about how this is not true – the Jews are the
ones suffering at the hands of the Arabs.”
Arutz Sheva radio proceeded to interview both the New York Times and the
Associated Press. _Hear all three radio interviews _
(http://www.israelnn.com/metafiles/asx/eng-perm/ap-tuvia-grossman.asx) as they were presented on one of
the classic shows of the station’s history.
Grossman, a law school graduate, plans to live in Tel Aviv and work as a
clerk for the Supreme Court while preparing to pass examinations to practice as
a lawyer in Israel.
Joy Langer and her new husband Jeremy Jutkowitz are planning to celebrate on
the plane a festive meal as part of the seven-day “Sheva Berachot”
(literally: Seven Blessings) celebrations which follow a Jewish wedding. The New
Yorkers were married last Monday and will live in Jerusalem. Jutkowitz already is
an oleh and now brings with him his new wife from the Diaspora.
Foreign Ministry and Jerusalem municipality officials and Rehovot Chief
Rabbi Simcha HaCohen Kook plan to welcome the newcomers at the airport.