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Chaya Zisel Braun, 3 moths old killed, 7 hurt in attack at Light Rail station

Terror in Jerusalem

Chaya Zisel Braun, 3 moths old killed, 7 hurt in attack at Light Rail station

October 22, 2014 - Chaya Zisel Braun, aged three months, of Jerusalem, was killed when a Palestinian deliberately rammed his car into a crowd of Israelis near a light-rail train station in Jerusalem.
Chaya Zisel had just returned with her parents from her first visit to the Western Wall. On embarking from the light rail at the Ammunition Hill station, a Palestinian deliberately rammed his car into the pedestrians at the station. The baby flew at least ten meters from her stroller after being struck by the car. Medics were able to resuscitate her at the scene, but she died two hours later at the Hadassah Mount Scopus Hospital.
Chaya had been born after her parents had tried for years to have a baby to no avail, related said Shimshon Halperin, her grandfather. "Her parents waited for a child for many years during which they did not merit to have children. Today they were coming back from praying at the Kotel (Western Wall) and a terrorist came and ran over their baby," he said. He told of her parents' joy after she was born, and described how he enjoyed playing with his granddaughter during her tragically short life. He and his wife had just arrived in Israel from the US to meet his grandchild, but only had a few short hours with her. They killed "a pure girl with a holy soul, who never did anything bad to anyone in her life and was murdered for no reason."
Chaya's parents had immigrated to Israel from New York.
Chaya Zisel Braun was buried in Jerusalem at midnight on Wednesday. Hundreds of people attended the funeral, including President Reuven Rivlin and Mayor of Jerusalem Nir Barkat. She is survived by her parents Shmuel Elimelech and Chani, and grandparents.
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