I was actually present in 4 terrorist attacks in jerusalem and was injured in 2 out of the 4...
The furst bombing i was present and injured in was in ‘97 where there were 3 suicide bombers in concession in downtown Jerusalem, i wasn't badly injured in that bombing, sustained a concussion after being blown to the wall by the blast and bruises and some shrapnal in my legs.
A year later, i was in tge market in Jerusalem when 2 suicide bombers blew themselves up, i was in the market hut luckily inside a store and wasn't injured, but was there for the whole hellish scene all over again.
The third bombing i was in was also in downtown jerusalem in 2001, i went out on a saturday night when 2 suicide bombers blew themselves up and i was right up the street. Upon hearing and seeing the blasts i knew it was a bombing and told my friends who were with me to leave the area and go home. My friend who was with me at the time was a medic in the army at the time and told me to wait by his car while he assists, i was standing outside by his car and the car to my left had a bomb in it. I suffered shrapnal wounds to my face and neck. Luckily i was wearing a thick leather jacket and it evidently absorbed the shrapnal that would have otherwise penetrated my chest and abdominal area.
I thought i was fine for years until crippling depression finally creeped up on me and completly consumed me. Only in the past year or so ive started feeling better and a sense of life has returned to me. I truly never thought that id live to see a day where id like to live to see another day.
Avigayil was tattooed October 28, 2018 by artist Edit Ben Gida at Tel Aviv City Hall.