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Palestinian Islamic Jihad murders 15 unarmed civilians

The Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that the Palestinian terrorist group Islamic Jihad blew up a a car stuffed with over 220 pounds of explosives next to a bus in northern Israel, murdering 15 people and wounding over 50. A 2-year-old and a 4-year-old kid are critically injured, still fighting for their lives.

The Palestinian Islamic Jihad Deliberately murdered 15 people, trapped inside the bus
"I cannot forget what I saw today people were burned alive inside my bus," said driver Haim Avraham, who escaped with light wounds.

"[The terrorist] drove straight into my fuel tank," he said. "The bus was thrust into the air and I was thrown off my seat by the blast. I got out of the bus as quickly as I could through the front door, together with two or three elderly passengers. I helped drag some wounded people as far away from the bus as possible. [...]

"I saw it all in front of my eyes, from a distance of about 20 meters," he said. "My windscreen shattered and my car burst into flames. I walked away, in shock, until somebody grabbed me and told me to sit down. I was covered in blood."

Dayan's burns and multiple cuts from the broken glass were classified as light wounds. His car was burned completely.

Let's hope the victims recover soon and that the murderers from the Palestinian Islamic Jihad get what they deserve.

I copy the full article below and another article that describes the murders as well.

'People were burned alive inside my bus'
By DANIEL BEN-TAL, Oct. 22, 2002
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For the staff of Hillel Yaffe Hospital in Hadera, Monday night's scene was ominously familiar. As most of the victims of the bombing on the Wadi Ara road were rushed in, teams of doctors and nurses dealt with the wounded, while worried families and friends clamored for information.

"Unfortunately, the hospital is used to dealing with such incidents, and we were ready for both the wounded and trauma victims," said Anat Baram, the hospital's spokeswoman.

A 2-year-old baby pulled from the burning bus is still in critical condition

On the third floor, Yiftah Mental, 19, of Moshav Maor, reflected on his near brush with death. "My mother dropped me off at the [Karkur] junction and I saw the bus approaching, so I ran to the stop. I had one foot on the step of the bus when the explosion threw me at least five meters in the air. My backpack buffered my fall it probably saved me from serious injury.

"Then I saw my mother running toward me, shouting 'Yiftah, Yiftah.' She was in greater shock than me. I took her aside, because she shouldn't see such things people were screaming, trying to jump out of the bus's windows as it burned. All around us was hysteria."

Mental, who was hospitalized with burns to his arms, back, and foot, sported a T-shirt saying "It won't happen to me." He remains adamant in his desire to join an elite commando unit upon his induction into the IDF next month. "Life goes on and I'll have to put this behind me."

"The only thought I had was that I've lost my child," said his mother, Ruth. "There is no way to prepare for something like this. At least now I'll worry less when he's in the army, because I've experienced that fear once."

"I cannot forget what I saw today people were burned alive inside my bus," said driver Haim Avraham, who escaped with light wounds.

"[The terrorist] drove straight into my fuel tank," he said. "The bus was thrust into the air and I was thrown off my seat by the blast. I got out of the bus as quickly as I could through the front door, together with two or three elderly passengers. I helped drag some wounded people as far away from the bus as possible.

"Then I heard bullets and thought that [more terrorists] were firing at us. Once I realized that ammunition was exploding inside the bus, and that I was not seriously wounded, I reboarded twice to help wounded passengers get out. One or two people helped me, but most onlookers just stood frozen. I think they were scared of the exploding bullets."

Avraham, 49, of Holon, has been an Egged bus driver for 21 years. "[Attacks have] happened to three friends, and now it's my turn," he concluded, "but that's my job."

Traveling salesman Asi Dayan, 30, of Herzliya, was driving to the the left of the bus as the terrorist's jeep rammed it from behind.

"I saw it all in front of my eyes, from a distance of about 20 meters," he said. "My windscreen shattered and my car burst into flames. I walked away, in shock, until somebody grabbed me and told me to sit down. I was covered in blood."

Dayan's burns and multiple cuts from the broken glass were classified as light wounds. His car was burned completely.

"It's not the first time such a thing has happened, and won't be the last. Innocent people are being killed and I can't see an end to it. But life goes on," he said. "My job often takes me into Arab villages, but I'm not worried. What happened today won't make any difference to my relationship with my clients."

Aharon Pakado, 18, of Hadera, sat near the front of the bus. "I was absorbed in a newspaper and wasn't even aware of where we were when this enormous blast from behind blew me over.

"I don't remember much. I simply ran I don't know in which direction. There was a girl in panic, her face covered in blood. I started screaming for an ambulance. Then I turned around and saw the bus go up in flames.

"It was like a dream. I had a feeling this morning that there would be a terror attack. I can't explain it it's the first time I've had such a feeling.

"I travel a lot by bus, but I've no idea whether I'll be able to get on a bus again. The thought terrifies me. I feel helpless; it's impossible to change the situation."


The majority of Palestinians support the deliberate murder of Israeli women and children

16 killed in fiery inferno
Suicide bombers strike during rush hour in Israel
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Jerusalem -- Two Palestinian suicide bombers blew up their explosives-laden sport utility vehicle alongside a bus in northern Israel during rush hour Monday, turning their target into a flaming inferno in which at least 16 people died.

About 50 people were injured when the car packed with what police said was more than 220 pounds of explosives detonated at around 4:30 p.m. beside bus number 841 near Pardes Hanna, east of the coastal town of Hadera.

The military wing of Islamic Jihad, the Al Quds Brigades, claimed responsibility for the blast, which came 11 days after the last suicide attack,

a bombing near Tel Aviv that killed one woman.

A faxed statement sent by the Al Quds Brigades to the Associated Press in Lebanon said the attack at the Karkur Junction was in "retaliation for the series of massacres committed by the criminal enemy against our people."

Arafat and the Palestinian Authority have 40,000 police officers at their disposal. Not one policeman is trying to stop the Hamas and Islamic Jihad

It cited recent Israeli military operations that have resulted in Palestinian civilian deaths in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Michael Yitzhaki, a passenger who escaped Monday's inferno, said: "The flames ate up the bus with amazing speed. We didn't manage to get inside to save anyone. It was pretty difficult watching people whom we couldn't help anymore."


BLAST IGNITES FIREARMS
Haim Avraham, the driver, who escaped with light injuries, told Israel's army radio that the explosion turned the bus 90 degrees and threw him from his seat. One witness described seeing a huge "black mushroom cloud" emanate from the bus, which was reduced to a charred skeleton.

The army said 15 soldiers were on the bus, which was heading from the northern city of Kiryat Shemona to Tel Aviv. The blast appears to have caused their weapons to blow up in a succession of explosions that intensified the fire and kept police and rescue workers from initially approaching the bus.

Guy Yehiel, a young man who was driving near Karkur Junction at the time of the attack, told Israel Television that he ran to the bus to help and saw a soldier lying on the road.

"His hands were moving," Yehiel said. "I asked him if he was OK. But I could see that I was losing him. He died in my arms. I cannot believe this is what we've gotten to."

The Egged bus company, which has frequently been targeted by attacks, recently began hiring security officers, in cars, to follow buses and be on the lookout for potential car bombs.

Ron Ratner, a company spokesman, said that "from the first reports reaching me, there was such a (security) vehicle tens of meters from the car bomb." Avraham, the bus driver, told reporters that until the blast, "nothing looked suspicious."

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Defense Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer met to discuss Israel's response to the blast, which came two days before a peace mission to the region by U.S. Assistant Secretary of State William Burns.

Previous Palestinian attacks have led to Israeli military strikes and toughening of strictures in Palestinian areas that Israel has reoccupied in recent months.

"In those places where terrorists are active and launching pads of terror, we will have to act very harshly," Transport Minister Ephraim Sneh said in the wake of Monday's attack.

The government blamed the Palestinian Authority for the attack. "The Palestinian Authority has become a prime authority on terror and could not care less about preventing it," said David Baker, a Sharon aide.

But Yasser Arafat told reporters in Ramallah that the Palestinian leadership "rejects such attacks against civilians."

The Bush administration condemned the bombing. "It's another reminder of how it's so important for peace to be pursued and for terror to be stopped," said White House spokesman Ari Fleischer.

Israeli security sources said they have received 50 warnings of possible attacks so far this month, and they cautioned last week that Palestinians were planning to carry out some 20 attacks in Israel soon.


FREQUENT TARGET
Palestinian militants have frequently targeted the area where the attack occurred, some 10 miles from the West Bank and close to the Palestinian cities of Qalqilya, Tulkarem and Jenin.

A gunman killed six Israelis during a bat mitzvah celebration in a banquet hall in Hadera on Jan. 5, and buses traveling to or from Hadera to cities and towns inland in northern Israel have been attacked numerous times.

Islamic Jihad was behind a similar car bombing in June against a bus at Megiddo Junction in northern Israel in which 17 people were killed.

The SUV used in Monday's bombing apparently came from the Jenin area, in the northern West Bank, police commander Yaakov Borofsky told Israeli Radio. Israel had just eased a curfew on Jenin, which has been the launching pad for a number of strikes. It was not immediately clear whether it would reimpose restrictions that have kept thousands of Palestinians confined to their homes for large parts of the day.

Earlier in the day, military sources said, the Israeli army had postponed plans to pull forces out of the West Bank city of Hebron for at least several days to give officers time to coordinate troop movements with Palestinian officials.

In other developments, the Israeli army said it killed two armed Palestinians in a gunbattle near the Jewish settlement of Kfar Darom in the Gaza Strip.

In the West Bank, defiant Israeli settlers tried to rebuild the illegal outpost of Havat Gilad, a day after clashing with Israeli security forces who attempted to tear it down.

Ben-Eliezer, who heads the Labor Party and is trailing in polls for a party leadership race next month, has said he plans to dismantle 30 illegal outposts in addition to 20 that have already been evacuated.

Posted by David Melle at October 22, 2002 09:52 AM
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All the kuffr including the jews and christians will pay with their lives for all the pain and suffering on all Muslims worldwide.

Note from FactsOfIsrael.com:
The above racist comment came from the IP address 193.132.149.231, which I traced back to a computer belonging to an ISP in England (gbb.uk.uu.net).

The term "kuffr", although mispelled, seems to mean "infidel", and is a pejorative term used by religious Muslims worldwide to indicate someone who is not Muslim.

Under Islam, such "kuffrs" do not have the same rights as Muslims, and should obey their Muslim masters.

The war on Islamic terrorism and for human, women and gay rights continues.

Posted by: malcolm x on December 4, 2002 07:24 AM
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