Australian Ambassador Dave Sharma giving blood at Hadassah on Wednesday.. (photo credit:PR)
Shocked and outraged by the massacre at the Kehillat Bnei Torah Synagogue in Jerusalem, Australian Ambassador Dave Sharma felt that he do something in response. The only constructive thing he could think of was to donate blood. “That’s what people in Australia do in response to a major human tragedy” he told The Jerusalem Post.
So on Wednesday he drove from his home in Herzilya Pituah to the Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem where he also enquired about the condition of the wounded.
After donating blood, Sharma went to the Har Nof neighborhood and visited the scene of the previous day’s carnage.
The synagogue had been cleaned up, but just being there gave him a sense of what had taken place, he said.
He also spoke to some of the congregants, including several who usually attend morning services, but who for some reason were not at prayers on Tuesday morning when the massacre occurred.