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Israeli Terror Victim Celebrates Bar Mitzvah

12-18-2015

JERUSALEM, Israel -- Israeli terror victim Naor Shalev had two reasons to celebrate on Thursday:  it was the day he became a man, and he's alive!

Two months ago, two Arab teenagers brutally stabbed Shalev as he rode his bicycle. One of the attackers was just about his age.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas was called up short when he said the attackers had been executed.  One attacker was shot and killed as he lunged at police with a knife. His younger cousin was alive and well-cared for in an Israeli hospital.

Shalev was critically wounded, but thankfully he recovered to celebrate his Bar Mitzvah.

The Bar Mitzvah (son of the commandment) ceremony signifies a rite of passage for 13-year-old Jewish boys.  They normally read a portion of scripture from the Torah (first five books of the Bible) and give an explanation of what it means.  That's the day Judaism says they become a man.

According to Arutz-7, Jerusalem Deputy Mayor Meir Turgeman said Shalev's Bar Mitzvah is proof that "Jerusalemites are strong and will not surrender to terror."

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