Under Guise of Normalcy, Ammunition Hill Once Again a Jerusalem Battleground – Algemeiner

Police and resuce personnel at the scene where a car crashed into Jerusalem’s Ammunition Hill light rail station in a terror attack on October 22, 2014. Photo: Flash90.

JNS.org – As the afternoon sun showers Jerusalem with gold, Ammunition Hill looks like any of the city’s other 22 light rail stops. Since 2011, untold numbers of Israelis—Jews, Muslims, and Christians alike—have been catching the train every nine minutes or so along the 8.6-mile route through Jerusalem’s main shopping streets and many residential neighborhoods.

In fact, for the commuters, college students, and shoppers getting off and on here, there is little to indicate that a terrorist attack just recently took place on this very platform.

Even on Oct. 23, the day after the attack, normalcy had already returned. Or so it seemed. The wreckage of attacker Abdel Rahman Al-Shaludi’s car had been cleared, and all signs of the violence had been cleaned up. In fact, the only indication that Israeli blood had been spilled here was a group of young Israelis waving the nation’s flag and singing “Am Yisrael Chai” (the people of Israel live) at the top of their lungs.

But now that, in addition to 3-month-old Chaya Zissel Braun, a second victim—Karen Yemima Mosquera, an Ecuadorian candidate for conversion to Judaism—has died of her wounds, and as a half dozen others slowly heal from their injuries, officials are struggling to deal with the escalating violence in the nation’s capital.

All the while, Israeli citizens are trying to make sense of it all.

“It’s scary,” says 19-year-old David Alcalay while glancing down the Ammunition Hill platform. “It brings back the feelings of when I was 8 and the second intifada was on. I would come home from school every afternoon and ask my mom, ‘How many people were killed today?’”

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