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Wednesday, August 27, 2003

Kol hakavod to Michael Bloomberg!

NYC Mayor visits Jerusalem to show support

Bloomberg rode a No. 2 bus to the site of last week's horrific attack. . .

lit a candle at the site of the suicide bombing . . .

. . . and visited the Kotel, or Western Wall, Judaism's holiest site.

On a nine-hour solidarity visit to Jerusalem Tuesday, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg rode the No. 2 bus to the site of last week's suicide bus bombing, participated in a memorial ceremony, and visited survivors of the attack, which killed 21 people and wounded over 100. Bloomberg said that Americans and Israelis alike had to "stand up and fight back" against terrorism. "I'm not afraid, the Israeli people aren't afraid, New Yorkers and Americans aren't afraid....We are all in this together," he said. (Ha'aretz)

"When someone has a gun to your head, you cannot negotiate. You have to stop the violence first," Bloomberg said. "You can see that America is not letting the terrorists win. We are striking back and that's what Israel has always done and what I would urge you to continue to do," he added. "You have to react and say we are not going to sit back and let our children be massacred and injured. This is just not acceptable in the civilized world," Bloomberg said. (Jerusalem Post)

Blessings on your head, Mr. Mayor.