Christian woman survives after screaming ‘Jesus’ as terrorist stabbed her repeatedly

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An elderly Christian woman who was stabbed multiple times during a terrorist attack on a bus in Jerusalem, Israel, that left two people dead and at least 16 others injured on Tuesday says she is convinced she is alive today because she called on Jesus as her attacker plunged his blade into her body.

According to a One for Israel report two terrorists boarded the No. 78 bus in the Armon haNatziv (East Talpiyot) neighborhood of Jerusalem, one armed with a knife, the other with a gun. They then began shooting and stabbing the passengers, including the elderly woman identified as Marike Veldman in a report by Alfred Muller in Reformatorisch Dagblad.

Marike Veldman at Hadassah Medical Center in Ein Kerem in Jerusalem. / Alfred Muller

Marike Veldman at Hadassah Medical Center in Ein Kerem in Jerusalem. / Alfred Muller

Veldman, who is originally from the Netherlands but has lived in Israel for many years, said when the terrorists boarded the bus one of them sat in front of her until things quickly turned ugly.

“They began to cry ‘Allahu Akbar.’ The man in front of me began with a knife stabbing into me. The other man started shooting. People screamed very loudly. It was awful. I cried constantly in Dutch: ‘Lord Jesus, Lord Jesus! Help me, help me!'” she said from her bed at the Ein Kerem Medical Center in Jerusalem. When she did this, she said her attacker “ran away to the back of the bus.”

Muller explained that Veldman, who is also a nurse, is certain her cries to the Lord saved her life. She is now recovering from a collapsed lung and wounds she suffered to her shoulder and hand during the attack.

Nicole Jansezian, director of Christian friends of Shalva, an organization in Jerusalem that cares for children with special needs regardless of race or religion, told The Christian Post Friday that Veldman has cared for many poor and disadvantaged Palestinian and Arad Israeli children during her time in Israel and said Christians have been rallying around her.

“She independently raised Palestinian and Arab Israeli children who came from hard circumstances.”

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