I haven’t posted anything on here yet about the terrorist attack in Boston (although I was posting on the Israellycool Facebook page at the time) but I would like to say our thoughts and prayers are with the American people, and especially those directly affected by the senseless terror attack we witnessed in Boston half a day ago.
If you haven’t seen this already, this is the most frightening and vivid footage at the scene I have found.
Notice what appears to be an Israeli flag around 2:05. I found that very symbolic, since we have dealt with similar attacks for a long time now.
We had a personal connection to the attack: my wife’s uncle was at the finish line when the attack occurred. We immediately checked Facebook for updates and learned quickly he was thankfully fine.
While we don’t know for sure who the culprits are, reports indicate a person of interest – a Saudi national in the United States on a student visa – is being guarded at a local hospital.
Meanwhile, here is a response to the attacks I thought you should all see.
Though no1 knows author of Boston Marathon attack,if it was Islamists did we think we could kill Muslims w impunity w/o a response?
— Tikun Olam (@richards1052) April 16, 2013
I will post updates during the day if I find time to interrupt our Israeli Independence Day festivities (yeah, the show must go on for us, but this news has really affected us over here).
Update: The Algemeiner reports:
Hours following a pair of blasts at the Boston Marathon that left 2 dead and up to 100 wounded according to reports, a chief doctor at the hospital where many of the patients are being treated credited Israelis with teaching his team how to respond to such disastrous attacks.
“About two years ago in actual fact we asked the Israelis to come across and they helped us set up our disaster team so that we could respond in this kind of manner,” said Alastair Conn, Chief of Emergency Services at Massachusetts General Hospital, responding to a question about the preparedness of his staff to handle trauma on this scale.
Earlier in the interview Conn was asked, “Would you characterize these as almost something you would see in a military setting?”
“Oh absolutely, absolutely this is like a bomb explosion that we hear about in the news in Baghdad, or Israel or some other tragic place in the world,” he responded.