Mike's Place Update
"The lyrics of the song "Ain't Found A Way to Kill Me Yet" took on special meaning at Mike's Place. There was electricity in the air. Aviv Tabib, the guard who stoped the suicide bomber two weeks ago, left the hospital for two hours, and climbed on the small stage of the pub. He and his friend on guitar, sang the words that Avi always liked, but now he was living. You could tell in his voice that the song was giving him strength.
The whole way from the hospital to the bar, Avi, 32, was afraid. But he was determined to see the place. "I have to got to Mike's Place before I go visit my parents and the rest of my family. This is something I want to do. I have to deal with it."
He got out of the car and looked at the place, a little shocked that everything looked the same. But then he noticed the memorial corner for the victims. The picture of the three wh were killed -- Dominique Hess, Yanai Weiss, and Ran Baron. His knees weakened as he touched the picture of Dominique. He choked with tears. Afterwards he rose and turned to his friends and hugged them."
These are translated excerpts from an article in today's Hebrew daily Yediot Aharonot. Alongside it is an article reporting that Catherine, the sister of Dominique Hess is having trouble with the Israeli security services in getting permission to visit the country from France, becuae she is a member of an anti-globalization group that is pro-Palestinian. According to the Interior Ministry, which arranges visits by family members of terror victims, she was going to come on her trip accompanied by members of her group and they were worried about "provocation." According to the paper, they've given Catherine permission to come in, but not her group members -- subsequently the Hess family is postponing their trip.
There is no mention of an interesting if bizarre article that appeared yesterday in the competing daily Hebrew paper, Ma'ariv. That paper had a picture of a "Mike's Place" victim, David Ben-Elisha, who just became conscious, and lost his arm in the blast. He challenged the standard story that it was Avi the guard who prevented the British bomber from entering the pub. He says he remembers clearly noticing the two bombers sitting outside, and admiring the belt on one of them. He was going to ask the guy if he was willing to sell or trade his stylish belt. Ben-Elisha claims that he saw the men get up and head for the door to the club, and approached the belt-wearer, greeting him looking at his mid-section -- and the man detonated.
He says he has nothing against Avi the guard, who cannot remember the details preceding the blast -- but that this is what happened, and that it was his approach that stopped the bomber from detonating inside the club, not the guard's.
It's hard to believe he would make something like this up. Who would wake up in a hospital missing an arm, and begin concocting false stories in order to garner publicity? But stranger things have happened, I suppose.
If it's true, it is a pretty wild tale. What do you think would have gone through the suicide bombers' mind if the guy had actually managed to ask him, "Hey, wanna swap belts?"
Regarding the song that Avi sang with the words "Ain't Found a Way to Kill Me Yet," the paper says in Hebrew that the name of the song is "Rooster"..? I'm not up to speed on music so I'm not sure who sings it, or what all the lyrics are, but the article says that it's become Avi's theme song.