BARBARISM STRIKES BOTH JEW AND ARAB IN JERUSALEM
27..........Pure Islamic barbarism struck the heart of Jerusalem
this afternoon claiming the life of an 81-year-old man and
wounding over 130 innocent bystanders. The Arab terrorist
attack claimed more than just tearing off the skin and limbs
of women and children enjoying a midday lunch.
This was a direct attack on both Jew and Arab, Israeli and
Palestinian for it struck hard again on any element of trust
that could be bridged between both peoples. Blind and senseless,
it attempted to tear holes through Israeli democracy and continue
the suffering of all the people in the Middle-East. It scored
a direct hit against the depressed economies of both populations.
the lone, female Arab terror suicide bomber who detonated
explosives on a busy street in downtown Jerusalem who is responsible
or is it Yasser Arafat who again and again defies all that
is rational and humane? Hezbollah claimed responsibility for
today's terrorist attack, but it was Yasser Arafat's continued
inaction of arresting and detaining Islamic terrorists which
has placed the entire region in a hospital bed and that many
believe will lead to a deep grave unless other Palestinian
leaders come to the front and say "enough".
ripped through Jaffa Street, a bustling Jerusalem thoroughfare
that has been the scene of several deadly terror attacks in
recent months. Victims were sprawled bleeding on the pavement,
shop windows shattered and a stores burned.
and one woman were killed. The 81-year-old man was identified
by police as Pinhas Tokatli, a seventh generation Jerusalemite
who worked as a tour guide at the Western Wall tunnels.
hours after the attack police said they were still trying
to determine which was the bomber and which was the victim.
In Lebanon, the Al-Manar television station, run by Hezbollah,
said the bomber was a young Palestinian woman.
100 people were treated on the spot or taken to hospitals,
though most of the terror victims were suffering from shock,
officials said. Three people were seriously hurt and nine
had moderate injuries, they said.
were screaming. I found the woman with a cut on her throat.
I put a piece of cloth on it, and rushed her to an ambulance.
Then I pulled out another young woman who was really buried
under a heap of shoe boxes. Her hair was burnt," said
a witness who gave his name as Avi and said he was a medic.
knowing the drill all too well, quickly evacuated the terror
victims to Bikur Holim Hospital, Shaare Zedek Hospital, and
Hadassah-University Hospital, Ein Kerem.
Jerusalem municipality has set up an emergency telephone
hotline at: 1255023106.
If you are calling from outside of Israel, please dial
972 before the above number
Sunday's attack, Jerusalem police chief Mickey Levy suffered
a severe heart attack, according to doctors at Bikur Holim
hospital. Levy, who had rushed to the scene of the bombing,
was in stable condition at the hospital a few blocks away.
The police chief underwent an angioplasty and is reported
in stable and good condition, Israel Radio reported.
immediately claimed responsibility, but Israel said it held
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat ultimately responsible.
Jerusalem bleeds, Arafat continues to encourage Palestinian
to kill themselves and murder others for a "Jihad"
is "encouraging terrorism, he's sending (attackers) to
Jerusalem," said Raanan Gissin, a spokesman for Israeli
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. "We will continue to systematically
dismantle the terrorist infrastructure."
continues to dismiss the empty cease-fire calls by Arafat
as meaningless, and says that Arafat has simultaneously been
In a speech
Saturday, Arafat said the Palestinians were "facing a
military crisis, but despite all this, no one has complained
of the suffering. They have said, 'God is great, and jihad,
is an Arabic word that can be interpreted variously as "resistance,"
"struggle," or "holy war," and the context
was very clear in Arafat's statement.
Street is lined with shops and the narrow sidewalks are clogged
with pedestrians, particularly in the middle of the day. The
streets were full of people on Sunday, the first day of the
work week in Israel.
came two days after a Palestinian suicide bomber killed himself
wounded 24 people in a pedestrian mall in Tel Aviv. That bombing
followed Israel's killing of a senior Islamic terrorist in
a targeted missile strike in the Gaza Strip.
a Palestinian terrorist opened fire with an automatic rifle
on Jaffa Street, a few yards away from the site of Sunday's
attack. The gunman killed two women and injured more than
a dozen people before he was shot dead by police.
had their windows shot out Tuesday and had just replaced the
glass, only to have it shattered again in Sunday's explosion.
a suicide bomber killed 15 people in a Jaffa Street pizzeria
just across the street from Sunday's blast. Some workers at
the Sbarro pizza restaurant were treated Sunday for shock,
President Dick Cheney kept up US pressure on Arafat, telling
a Sunday TV show he found it "hard to believe" the
Palestinian leader was not involved in a recent terror arms
smuggling incident, when a freighter carrying 50 tons of weapons
was intercepted by the Israel Defense Forces, which provided
evidence that the weapons were destined for the Palestinian
people that were involved were so close to him [Arafat] it's
hard to believe that he wasn't" involved," Cheney
terrorists have carried out more than 30 suicide bombings
during the current Mideast conflict, now 16 months old.