Shortly after making aliyah (moving to Israel for religious reasons), Gila Weiss* was seriously injured in a suicide bombing at the Machane Yehuda market in Jerusalem. Six years later, she’s writing about her experiences as a “Poor, Sad, Heroic Victim of Terror” in her excellent blog, My Shrapnel.
Why read a blog about traumatic injury? Because Gila’s got the Yiddish sense of pitch-black humor, and she makes being blown up…funny. (It’s got to be either black humor or clinical depression. That’s why Jews also make tasty cookies commemorating the shape of a genocidal madman’s hat. )
If you want another look at the long-term consequences of suicide bombing, Gila linked to “Inside Terrorism: The X-Ray Project.” This art installation displays X-rays and CT scans from the two largest hospitals in Jerusalem, showing the foreign objects that get blasted into people’s bodies. Some of the objects are shockingly recognizable – watches (Image 2 – flash interface prevents direct linking), hex nuts (Image 28), and nails (Image 5). Not for the faint of stomach.
*Yep, same Gila who is a superstar TOG commenter. I discovered her blog a couple weeks ago and started commenting there, and she started commenting here, and now there’s a whole commenting party. w00t.