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Deja vu for Messianic Bombing Victims

posted Mar 9, 2012, 7:03 AM by Brit Ahm Messianic Synagogue   [ updated Mar 9, 2012, 7:06 AM ]
By Tzippe Barrow
CBN News Internet Producer - Jerusalem

Friday, March 9, 2012

JERUSALEM, Israel -- Four years after a Messianic Jewish teenager was critically injured by a bomb hidden in a Purim gift package, an unknown prankster may have played a "joke" on the same family Thursday.

CBN News covered the bombing in March 2008, which nearly killed 15-year-old Ami Ortiz, embedding shrapnel and severely burning his face, neck, chest and hands.

Ami's father, David Ortiz, who pastors a Messianic fellowship in Ariel, sent an email detailing the incident.

Thursday's 'Event'

About 12:30 p.m., the security cameras showed a man placing a large carton at their front door, ringing the bell and then hurrying down the stairs.

"We immediately called the police, closed our steel enforced door and went into the bedroom furthest away from the hallway," Pastor David wrote. "Then we called all the believers in town to warn them about any suspicious packages at their doors or next to their property."

For the next three hours, police, firemen and an IDF bomb squad took over. The four adults and two children in the Ortiz apartment were evacuated by a fire truck lift. Police evacuated the rest of the residents, who moved cars from the street as police cordoned off the area.

Reporters and cameramen began arriving, some recalling the Purim bombing there four years ago.