Award-winning journalist Mike Kelly takes readers on a horrifying trip through the sad events of February 25, 1996 and their aftermath. On that day, two Americans, Sarah Duker and Matthew Eisenfeld, boarded the number 18 bus in Jerusalem to set out for a visit to Jordan. A few stops later, a young man got on the bus and detonated a suicide bomb concealed in a duffel bag, killing Sarah, Matt, and twenty-four other passengers. Kelly looks at these events in depth, putting them in the context of the Oslo Peace Accords and the attempts by Iranian-sponsored jihadist organizations to sabotage them. He looks at the lives of the young Americans and interviews the man who built the bomb, now in prison in the Negev. He then follows the efforts of the victims’ parents to gain some justice in the matter by suing the government of Iran. The Clinton administration had passed anti-terrorist legislation that encouraged them. They won millions of dollars but saw only a small fraction of the amount. The author looks at both the personal and political aspects of these events, providing some insight into the difficult situation in the Middle East today. This is a compelling story that will interest readers who follow current events.
The Bus on Jaffa Road: A Story of Middle East Terrorism and the Search for Justice
Barbara M. Bibel is a librarian at the Oakland Public Library in Oakland, CA; and at Congregation Netivot Shalom, Berkeley, CA.
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