On Tuesday morning, June 18, 2002, 19 people were killed and 74 injured in a suicide bombing on a bus in Jerusalem. The bus, which was completely destroyed, was carrying many students on their way to school as well as a seventy year old chiropractor named Moshe Gottlieb.
Dr. Moshe Gottlieb was born on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. He had immigrated to Israel with his family from the United States 24 years ago, and he maintained a private practice in both Jerusalem and Bnei Brak.
Dr. Gottlieb used to drive to patients’ houses on a black Honda motorcycle until it was stolen. On Tuesday morning he boarded the no. 32A bus en route to Bnei Brak, where he was due to work with a group of children with Down’s Syndrome. For 13 years, he had been providing chiropractic care for them for free once a week. He was a service oriented chiropractor.
According to news reports, the terrorist boarded the bus at 7:50 A.M. at the stop in Beit Safafa, an Arab neighborhood opposite Gilo, and almost immediately detonated the large bomb which he carried in a bag stuffed with ball bearings. The blast destroyed the front half of the bus, packed with people, such as Dr. Moshe, on their way to work and schoolchildren.
Dr. Moshe Gottlieb was buried this morning in Jerusalem. He is survived by his wife, Sheila, a son and a daughter, and 12 grandchildren.
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