Terrorism Strikes Jerusalem
Islamic Jihad Takes Responsibility
1......Arab Islamic terrorists detonated a car bomb in a peaceful
residential neighborhood in southern Jerusalem this morning.
blast, which was targeted by Palestinian terrorists to kill
as many children as possible, took place shortly after 9 a.m.
at the height of rush hours. The explosion took place across
the street from a school for children with disabilities. Due
to a Jewish holiday, the school had been closed.
Luckily only one person sustained minor shrapnel wounds from
shards of glass in the attack. He was treated at the scene
by Magen David Adom.
were taken to Jerusalem's Bikur Holim hospital and were treated
man, is suspected of having suffered a heart attack, according
to the hospital spokesman.
Jihad has taken responsibility for the attack, according to
Qatar-based Al-Jazeera Television.
took place adjacent to the "Bank Junction," on Bethlehem
Road parallel to Hebron Road. The booby-trapped vehicle was
in a small parking lot next to an apartment building several
dozen meters south of the intersection, when it blew up. Police
say the bomb was placed in a residential area due to the intense
police and military security which exists in downtown Jerusalem.
quickly arrived at the scene, according to eyewitnesses, and
doused the burning remains of the car.
police Cmdr. Mickey Levy said the explosive device was moderately
large. The 12-kilogram bomb, hidden in the vehicle, was made
up of a liquid propane gas tank, Kalashnikov and M-16 rifle
bullets, ball bearings, nails and other metal parts in order
to magnify the lethal effect of the blast, Army Radio said.
Minister Shimon Peres, after learning that Islamic Jihad had
taken responsibility for the attack, said, "Islamic Jihad
and Hamas are the [Osama] bin-Laden of the Middle East and
we must fight them in a war without compromise, giving them
shattered windows, sent a cloud of black smoke into the air
and lifted at least one car off the ground beside the busy
Hebron Road while Israelis were shopping on the eve of the
Jewish Succot holiday.
cease-fire with car bombs is not a cease-fire that is
acceptable for the people of Israel" -
Israeli government spokesman Dore Gold
Security Minister Uzi Landau said in the wake of the attack
that "there was no point in continuing security talks
with the Palestinians. Events of this nature are proof of
the need to fight the head of the Palestinian Authority [Chairman
Yasser Arafat] with all of our abilities. This is a criminal
that repeats himself over and over whenever he gets the chance,"
Landau said, referring to Arafat.
just shoots, nonstop and blindly," he said, continuing,
"therefore we must wage war against Arafat. The police
must make preparations, together with the public," Landau
said "I was outside working on our Succa with our children
and several others when I saw a big pink flash and a large
rolling blast." A Succa is a temporary dwelling erected
for the week-long Feast of Tabernacles holiday, Succot, that
begins this evening. The man hurried the children to safety
and broke out his home first-aid kit, to assist the wounded
in the blast.
and firefighting forces were on the scene within moments,
he said, making the kit unnecessary. .
the first terrorist bombing attack in Jerusalem since the
cease-fire agreement between Shimon Peres and Palestinian
Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat last week. The blast comes
on the background of numerous bomb and shooting attacks against
Israeli civilians and IDF forces throughout the West Bank
and the Gaza Strip overnight.
government has repeatedly stated that Arafat was not doing
enough to end the incitement and violence. On Sunday the Israeli
government gave Arafat 48 hours to implement the cease-fire.
Arafat, who has made a reputation of talking peace while shooting
Israel civilians, was asked by the Israeli government to arrest
10 terrorists considered to be "ticking bombs."
Arafat has ignored past pleas to arrest Islamic terrorists
by both the Israeli and United States governments - Arab terrorists
who were recently responsible for murdering men, women and
children inside Israel's borders.
and military in Israel remain on high alert, setting up hundreds
of checkpoints on the nation's roads and increasing security
at junior and senior High Schools.