TERRORISM CLAIMS TWO LIVES
AS ARAFAT "TALKS" PEACE
16......Arab terrorists slaughtered two Israeli civilians in separate
terror attacks near Jerusalem yesterday. Avraham (Avi) Boaz, 71,
and Yoela Chen, 47, will be buried today.
Chen, the mother
of two children, and her aunt, Rahel Heini, 70, who was moderately
wounded in the terror attack were on their way to a family wedding
The execution style murder took place near the entrance to Givat
Ze'ev, north of Jerusalem. The two women stopped at a gas station
when two terrorists approached their vehicle and opened fire at
short range. According to police, the terrorists approached Chen's
car as she turned to enter the Givat Ze'ev gas station and, after
verifying the two women were Israeli, fired eight or nine bullets
at close range and fled toward El-Jib and Ramallah.
Chen was hit in the head and chest and died shortly thereafter.
Heini was wounded in the shoulder and hand and treated at Hadassah-University
Hospital, Ein Kerem.
One of Yoela's
brothers was driving behind her and witnessed the shooting.
He notified his three brothers, who were already at the wedding.
Yoela worked as a secretary in Wolfson Hospital in Holon. "She
was a wonderful woman, she loved helping," said Moshe Cohen,
brother of the bride. "She wanted to take part in the wedding,
and her husband stayed home to take care of the children. She was
killed on the way."
Yoela Chen will
be buried in Jerusalem. She is survived by her husband and two children.
Boaz was kidnapped
in Beit Jalla and taken to Beit Sahur, outside of Bethlehem, where
he was murdered in a hail of bullets. Avi Boaz immigrated to Israel
from the United States in 1961. Here, about 40 years ago, he met
and married Eve. Although they later divorced, they remarried just
two weeks ago, when Eve was on her deathbed, suffering from cancer.
She passed away several days later.
Idit Cohen, said that her father had been on friendly terms with
Palestinians in the Bethlehem area, often eating with them and attending
their family celebrations. "The Arabs of Bethlehem were more
than his friends, they were his family," she said. "He
knew Beit Jala better than he knew Jerusalem. He worked there for
many years. He trusted them, and always believed that things would
turn out well. I always worried about him, because of his travels
to that area. He always answered: Nothing will to happen to me."
Bethlehem and Beit Jala responded yesterday to Boaz's murder with
disbelief and anger, noting that he had been a fixture on the local
landscape for 20 years, and had become "part of the local society."
They said that Boaz maintained good relations with many in Bethlehem
and Beit Jala, and was "never involved in acts which harm Palestinians."
is survived by his daughter, Idit.
Al-Aksa Brigade claimed responsibility for both murders.
an engineer from Ma'aleh Adumim who held dual US and Israeli citizenship,
was handed over to government officials yesterday evening. The terrorists
abducted him from a roadblock set up by Palestinian police, who
reportedly witnessed the kidnaping and failed to intervene. The
government is demanding the PA investigate the inaction of the policemen.
Local Council head Shaul Mizrahi said that he had sent letters two
weeks ago to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, Defense Minister Binyamin
Ben-Eliezer, and the IDF Central Command warning of the dangers
of attacks, especially in two areas.
them, and look what happened tonight," he said. "I told
them there are two areas that need to be dealt with: one where the
gas station is, and the other on the road from Nebi Samwil to Bidu
and Katanna. The IDF closed off the area, and Palestinians walk
freely in the neighborhood. That is why I think Chen was not alarmed
when the two terrorists approached her, because there are always
Palestinians wandering around."
initial reports, Boaz drove his car, accompanied by a Palestinian
acquaintance, to purchase building materials and possibly furniture
for an apartment he had recently rented in Gilo. His wife had died
the week before, and Boaz had just returned to work. He was no stranger
to the Bethlehem area, having worked on a number of projects in
Beit Sahur and Beit Jalla, and had many Palestinian acquaintances.
the roadblock, Boaz was stopped by Palestinian police. Four terrorists
forced his passenger out of the car and drove with Boaz to Beit
Sahur, where they fired more than 19 bullets into him and his car.
Palestinians, his body was taken to the nearby Hussein Hospital.
OC Gush Etzion Lt.-Col. Yaron Boim told The Jerusalem Post that
Palestinian civilians informed Israeli officials of the discovery
of an Israeli body.
contacted our Palestinian counterparts and asked them to investigate,"
Boim said. "They went to the roadblock, but the policemen there
denied any involvement. The fact that the policemen stood at the
roadblock with the terrorists and did nothing to intervene when
they abducted Boaz is extremely serious."
PA sources admitted
the killing of Boaz, who used his American passport to enter the
Bethlehem area, might cause problems with both Israel and the US.
The US State
Department was trying to ascertain the circumstances of his killing.
the incident, the death of this American citizen, underscores the
necessity in bringing an immediate end to violence and moving quickly
towards implementation of the Tenet security plan and the Mitchell
Committee recommendations, as we've called for for so long,"
State Department spokesman Phil Reeker told reporters.
spokeswoman Pat Kabra reiterated that the State Department had issued
travel advisories regarding Israel. "We do strongly recommend
that Americans refrain from traveling in the West Bank and Gaza,"
she said, adding there were also travel advisories posted on the
consulate and embassy Web sites for Palestinians with American citizenship.
said a response to the attacks would be forthcoming. They also reiterated
warnings forbidding Israelis from entering areas under Palestinian
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