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Jun 11, 2003 | 11th of Sivan, 5763 | י״א בסיון תשס״ג
June 11, 2003 – Elsa Cohen, 70 of Jerusalem was one of 17 people killed in a suicide bombing on bus No. 14A on Jaffa Road in the center of Jerusalem.
At around 17:30, the bomber dressed as an ultra-Orthodox Jew boarded Egged bus No. 14A at the Mahane Yehuda market and a short while later as the bus drove down Jaffa Road near the Davidka Square detonated his bomb, wrecking the bus and killing 16 of its passengers. Over 100 people were wounded including dozens of passersby. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.
Elsa Cohen was born in Germany and was one of the children on the “Kinder Transport” to London shortly after the outbreak of World War II. She immigrated to Israel in 1970 where she lived with her husband late chief rabbi of Kiryat Bialik, Rabbi Hananya Cohen. Four years ago, after her husband died, she moved to Jerusalem. Family members related that she used to help people and do good deeds. She was on her way to a Bible class when she was killed.
Elsa Cohen was buried in the Tzur Shalom cemetery in Kiryat Bialik alongside her husband. She is survived by her son Roni, and daughter Margalit.
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