Brooklyn most cancers survivor dodges loss of life in Jerusalem terror assault: ‘It’s a miracle’


A Brooklyn most cancers survivor miraculously dodged loss of life in a Jerusalem terrorist taking pictures when the bullet nicked his jugular as he dove to avoid wasting his household, buddies instructed The Put up on Monday.

“Initially once I heard in regards to the assault, the report got here in that he was shot within the neck and [that] it ruptured the artery that goes to the mind,” mentioned Herman Gluck’s pal and nursing residence boss, Joel Leifer.

Brooklyn father Herman Gluck survived getting shot within the neck throughout a terror assault in Jerusalem on Sunday.

“I figured that I used to be both anticipating a funeral anytime quickly or he was going to be a vegetable,” Leifer mentioned of Gluck, a 46-year-old married father of 9 from Williamsburg.

“Everyone loves him, so everyone was shocked. However ultimately, the bullet solely scraped the artery. It’s a miracle.”

Gluck — recognized to household and buddies by his Yiddish identify, Shia Hersh Gluck — was amongst 5 People, all from Brooklyn, wounded by gunfire within the Palestinian terror assault early Sunday as they sat on a bus headed to a holy web site.

A pregnant lady from Borough Park additionally was wounded and needed to bear an emergency C-section to avoid wasting her and the child, officers mentioned.

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) revealed Sunday that Gluck was shot making an attempt to avoid wasting his household. Associates instructed The Put up on Monday that the Brooklyn man was on the bus along with his spouse, Gitty, and two of his sons.

One in every of Gluck’s sons, Baruch, who took a bullet to the arm, is because of be married subsequent month, buddies mentioned.

Gluck dove in front of his wife and children while on the bus to protect them during the shooting.
Gluck dove in entrance of his spouse and kids whereas on the bus to guard them throughout the taking pictures.
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The hero dad “immediately jumped on his spouse and youngsters to guard them” — which got here as no shock to anybody, mentioned Gluck’s pal and co-worker Joseph Friedman.

“He has at all times been a fully selfless individual, actually an individual with coronary heart,” Friedman mentioned.

“Individuals flew all the way down to Israel to be with him, and he’s up. He couldn’t speak, however he’s such a optimistic kind of person who he wrote some jokes on a chunk of paper to indicate them that he’s high-quality and good.

“When he was struggling by way of the [testicular] most cancers … he was a job mannequin for the opposite sufferers,” Friedman added of Gluck. “All of the sufferers received, as they are saying in Yiddish, chizuk, a whole lot of energy.

“His entire life is to make individuals comfortable. … You may hassle him 24 hours. He’s a really large determine locally as a result of he’s a really optimistic individual. Individuals lean on him. … For instance, I used to be just lately concerned in constructing a home. It’s not straightforward. It’s sophisticated. He got here down a number of instances simply to assist me out and provides me concepts and speak to the builder.”

Gluck handles building and upkeep for a nursing residence firm referred to as Excelsior Care Group, buddies mentioned.

Palestinian man Amir Sadawi reportedly turned himself in for the shooting.
Palestinian man Amir Sadawi reportedly turned himself in for the taking pictures.
Picture by AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP through Getty Pictures
Gluck was among the five people injured in the shooting.
Gluck was among the many 5 individuals injured within the taking pictures.
REUTERS/Ammar Awad

The taking pictures erupted because the bus was idling in a car parking zone close to the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest web site. 

Israeli media reported {that a} Palestinian man, Amir Sadawi, claimed accountability for the assault and turned himself in.

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