Palestinian homicide bomber deliberately murders 15 Israelis in bus explosion

The Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that a Palestinian terrorist has blown himself up inside an Israeli bus, deliberately murdering 15 people and wounding over 30:


Most of the 15 people murdered in this homicide bombing were teenage students and IDF members
A suicide bomber ripped apart an Egged bus in the northern coastal city of Haifa on Wednesday killing 15 people and wounding more than 30, police and rescue officials said. [...]

For hours after the attack, television stations showed heart-rending scenes from the blast site of Israelis coming to search for next of kin they feared were on the bus. One man found that two high school boys, at least one of whom was his son, were wounded, Channel 2 television reported. [...]

One witness reported terrible scenes of body parts strewn across the street and bodies still in the wreckage of the bus. Residents said that many windows of buildings nearby were shattered.

Palestinian killers from the terrorist groups Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Arafat's Al-Aksa brigades have deliberately murdered hundreds of men, women and children since October 2000.

- For a list of all barbaric homicide attacks executed by Arafat's thugs and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, click here.
- To read the stories of some of the victims of Palestinian terror, click here.
- To understand how Arafat and his thugs have rejected peace and an independent Palestinian State and instead turned to intolerance, violence, and terrorism, click here.

Update: Here's the list of the victims deliberately murdered by the Palestinian barbaric homicide bomber -

The victims of the attack were identified as:

Miriam Ata, 27, of Haifa Elizabetha Katzman, 16, of Haifa Smadar Firstatter, 17, of Haifa Tal Kirman, 17, of Haifa Daniel Haroush, 16, of Safed Tom Hershko, 16, of Haifa Moti Hershko, 41, of Haifa, Tom's father Meital Katab, 20, of Haifa Kamar Abu Hamed, 12, of Daliat al-Carmel St.-Sgt. Eliahu Laham, 22, of Haifa Abigail Litle, 14, of Haifa Yuval Mendelevitch, 13, of Haifa St.-Sgt. Be'eri Oved, 21, of Rosh Pina Mark Takash, 54, of Haifa Assaf Tzur, 17, of Haifa

Notice that the hate and violence of Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad does not differentiate between Israeli Jews and Arabs/Muslims. Kamar Abu Hamed, aged 12, was an Israeli Arab Muslim from the town of Daliat al-Carmel.

I copy the full article below.





Haifa bus attack death toll rises to 15
By DAVID RUDGE, Mar. 5, 2003
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A suicide bomber ripped apart an Egged bus in the northern coastal city of Haifa on Wednesday killing 15 people and wounding more than 30, police and rescue officials said.

Ambulances raced to the scene and rushed the wounded to three local hospitals, Rambam, Carmel and Bnai Tzion.

The blast on a main traffic artery in Haifa occurred on bus no. 37 at about 2 p.m. local time
as the bus was pulling out of a station on Moriyah Street, headed from the Bat Galim neighborhood toward the University of Haifa.

Northern police commander Ya'akov Borovsky said the bombing was a terror attack perpetrated by a suicide bomber, who apparently was on the bus. The authorities are still investigating where he alighted the vehicle, Borovsky said.

"Unfortunately this is a very bad attack," Borovsky told reporters, as the attack came when the bus was packed with commuters. "The bus is completely ruined, it was a very powerful blast."

Officials said 15 people were dead and more than 30 wounded. Five people were listed in serious condition at Carmel Hospital.

For hours after the attack, television stations showed heart-rending scenes from the blast site of Israelis coming to search for next of kin they feared were on the bus. One man found that two high school boys, at least one of whom was his son, were wounded, Channel 2 television reported.

Witnesses said the roof of the bus was blown off and that the bus caught fire, but the fire was extinguished, leaving the vehicle in ruins but not charred.

One witness reported terrible scenes of body parts strewn across the street and bodies still in the wreckage of the bus. Residents said that many windows of buildings nearby were shattered.

Ronen Cohen was doing someone's hair in a beauty salon on the street when the explosion occurred. "In my whole life I have never heard such a blast," he said.

"I saw the driver jump from the vehicle to run and get help. I was frozen, just couldn't move to do anything, I was so frightened," Cohen went on. Then when he turned around he saw "a piece of fesh right beside me."

"Anyone who hasn't been at the site of a bombing just cannot imagine what it is like," Cohen said, noting that he had never before witnessed any terror attack.

Ovadia Saar, who was driving another bus just behind the one that was attacked, said he saw "the back of the bus fly into the air, and the windows blew out and a great cloud of dust covered the bus."

"I got out and ran toward the bus. It was a horrible sight," Saar said.

It was the first mass terror attack in Israel since a twin suicide bombing killed 23 people at the old Tel Aviv central bus station on January 5.

David Baker, an official in the Prime Minister's office said, "The Haifa attack was another brutal assault against innocent Israeli civilians. Israel will continue to rage a relentless and merciless war against this type of terror and those were perpetrate it and do whatever is necessary to protect its citizens".

"Once again the bestial hand of Palestinian terrorism has struck at the heart of Israel," said Mark Sofer, a Foreign Ministry spokesman.

Palestinian Cabinet minister Saeb Erekat condemned "any attack that is targeting civilians, whether Palestinian or Israeli. But he added: "We reject the Israel government finger-pointing that the Palestinian Authority is responsible."

Hamas spokesman Abdel Aziz Rantisi issued a statement in Gaza praising the bombing but stopped short of claiming responsibility for the attack.

"We will not stop our resistance," Rantisi said. "We are not going to give up in the face of the daily killing" of Palestinians.

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Comments

Oh give me a break... u've been killing palestinian men/women/children for teh past 2 months eventhough there were no suicide bombings in these months. everyday u make new settlements and u demolish existing palestinian houses and u kill CHILDREN for God's sake and u expect palestinians to remain silent? (eg. personX beats ip personY daily... u expect Y to "hug and kiss" X??? get reaaaaaaaaaaaaal...) the bombing is the least palestinians can do.

Posted by: Aliaa at March 6, 2003 05:12 AM


Aliaa, what do you want the Israeli people to do, run into the sea and disappear? What about the arab Israelis, obviously the Palestinians have total disregard for them and for what reason ?
The Jewish and Arabic people co-exist peacefully in Israel.

I think the Palestinians need to put away their hate and learn from the arab Israeli population....take the olive branch, live together in harmony and raise families that don't have to be sacrificed for a political cause.

Posted by: Crayzee at March 6, 2003 07:09 AM


Excellent site. Great information. Thank you.

Chuck

Posted by: Chuck Greenfield at March 9, 2003 12:28 AM


it is so sad that what nation (Israelis in this case) is going through. Can you imagine to live in such environment, that when you go to school or work, you dont know if you will stay alive? its been enough!
i am not jewish and i am coming from a anti-semist country where everybody hates jews. but lets wake up.
Israelis arent killing anybody. they are getting killed every day. will it ever stop?

Posted by: n at March 16, 2003 09:52 PM


I am not a Jew nor a Muslim not a Christian, I come from East which taught love and peace and I agree with USA that to have stability not only in Mid East but all over the world we need to support this war and throw regimes like Saddam who makes fun of democracy and freedom we have.
I am so fortunate to be born in India which has never seen any dictatorial regime here we have all freedom we need. I am sure that soon people of Iraq will have the same freedom.
If Isreal and US wants peace then they should make sure that the job is finished by establising democratic government and ensuring freedom of press and judiciary.
Otherwise some other Saddam will be born and create same problems.
Silent majority is with US, donot let them down finish the job.
With lots of hope
An Indian

Posted by: WAR 4 PEACE at April 4, 2003 12:50 AM


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