9:15am, a bus depot: a homicide bomber walks into a group of people and detonates a 10 kilograms of explosives hidden inside a military bag. The terrorists were wearing stolen Israel Defense Forces uniforms. On top of the explosives, they had put marbles and nails so when the bag exploded, there would be more shrapnel and injuries. Oded was a meter away and was severly injured. Someone rushed over, put a tourniquet on his bleeding leg and Oded remembers him drawing the time on his forehead so, in case he passed out on the way to the hospital, the doctors would know how long the wrapping had been on him. His friend, Eitan, came rushing into the scene because he knew Oded was inside. People had been warned to stay away, bombers usually work in twos - one doing the attack and the other waiting to set the next bomb when the nurses and doctors had arrived. Eitan ignored them, pushing his way through. Eitan dropped to his knees to help Oded when the second terrorist walked in and detonated a bomb. Eitan absorbed most of the blast, he died instantly, his body acting as a shield. Oded survived with 2nd degree burns across his face and shrapnel in his leg and head. He survived but with severe PTSD, remembering his dead friend's body laying across his. He thinks of his ability to remember as a curse. Oded has testified about this day and it is because of him and his memory that many soldiers who helped and lost their lives that day have received Medals of Honor, including his friend Eitan. Oded was lucky. There was a third terrorist who were supposed to go that day but, at the last minute, he got scared and did not come. He was eventually arrested and another bag full of explosives recovered. Who knows how many more lives would have been lost or, even, if Oded would stil be here with us.
Oded was tattooed on October 25, 2019 by artist Arad at the Haifa Museum of Art.