On March 20, 2008, we were celebrating Purim in Israel. That day we were in Jerusalem with plans to be back early because of the holiday. Our son, Ami, who at the time was 15 years old, was home alone, with a person who was cleaning our house.
An assassin called Jack Teitel delivered a bomb hidden in a Purim Basket, and placed it outside our door. They discovered it and brought it inside, thinking it was just a traditional gift basket. When our helper left for the day, our son Ami opened up the gift basket and the hidden pipe bomb exploded. The blast threw him a meter and a half backwards into the kitchen, very critically wounding him and destroying our apartment. The blast was so strong, the helper plus neighbors came rushing into the house including a nurse, who called emergency services and tried to stabilize him. We lived on the third floor, and the blast also damaged the cars parked below. We were notified, and when we arrived at the hospital, he was hanging onto life with very faint vital signs. It was very difficult to identify him, but we did through his tall height (1 meter 98, 6 feet 6 inches) and the remnants of clothes that remained, as most had been burned off his body which was covered with second and third degree burns along with other very devastating injuries, including the loss of three toes, severe nerve injuries, blown out ear drums, skin and muscles blown off, and 100 pieces of shrapnel embedded in his body and eyes.
Jack Teitel, in his own words, built the bomb to kill us, believing that we as Messianic Jews, who shared the Good News of the Messiah, were false prophets. Ami struggled through five and a half months of hospitalization and rehabilitation as an in patient before returning to school, and until today has undergone more than 15 operations (most of them happening within three years after the incident). He still needs ear operations and plastic surgeries, to restore his body so he can function as normally as possible and has hearing loss and residual nerve pain.
In 2009, Jack Teitel was apprehended through the joint efforts of the American FBI and the Shin Bet (Israeli Internal Security Service) and with the help of other government agencies and international friends and political leaders, including American and Canadian Senators, requesting justice for Ami and asking why the Israelis were not taking prompt and serious action to apprehend the perpetrator. After a trial that took three years, Teitel was sentenced to two life sentences for murder plus 30 years for attempted murders, adding up to 90 years in prison.
We speak as parents that still bear pain in our hearts, as we seeing him still struggling with residual effects of his injuries, to urge you, if you could please use the power of the pen, to write to the Prime Minister and/or President Rivlin as there have been recent calls for Teitel’s early release.
Below are the addresses and a template you can use. Please share this also with your friends, families, churches and Israel support groups, if they could write also, for it is known that Teitel has sympathizers within the Israeli government that have launched this initiative. He is a danger to us, and the Messianic Jewish community in Israel. If you could put your prayer and faith into action it would be greatly appreciated. (James 2:26, Proverbs 31:9)
Click here to read an article from when Teitel was convicted, and a video part one and two, that was done by Director Brad Kim of BradTV from South Korea.
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Email and contact info for President Rivlin
The Office of the President
Email and contact info for Prime Minister Benjamin Netenyahu
3 Kaplan St.
Here is a template for a letter to the President of Israel and/or the Prime Minister when you write.
I have been made aware that Yaakov Teitel has written a letter asking for early release even though he was convicted of murder in cold blood of two innocent Palestinians as they were working to support their families, and of several counts of attempted murder, including that of Ami Ortiz. The hidden bomb caused severe bodily harm to him and the others who were Teitel’s intended victims. To this point Ami Ortiz has undergone 15 operations to enable him to continue on with his life. I would urge you to judge fairly and to refuse this request. It is disturbing to know that there are those in the government who support this unjust and dangerous initiative.
“You must be fair in judgment. You must not show special favor to the poor. And you must not show special favor to important people. You must be fair when you judge your neighbor.” – Leviticus 19:15
Thank you for your consideration of this matter,
David and Leah Ortiz