Tel Aviv, Israel - Islamic Jihad Targets Jews, Christians In Bus Bombing

By Joel Leyden
Israel News Agency

Tel Aviv, Israel --- November 21, 2012 ... As Hamas terror rockets and missiles from Gaza slam into Israeli cities and towns, Islamic terrorists took aim at a bus in Tel Aviv, Israel. Over 20 civilians were wounded as a bomb which was left under a seat in the back of the bus exploded turning the bus into twisted metal with blood and human remains on the ground.

The terror attack took place on Tel Aviv's Shaul Hamelech Street around noon Wednesday.

Most of the injured were rushed to nearby Ichilov Hospital.

A hospital spokesperson stated that one person was severely injured, one moderately and one light to moderately. The remainder of the terror victims were lightly injured or suffering shock.

Ofir Gendelman, a spokesman for Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, immediately condemned the explosion as a "terrorist attack".

The terror attack comes as US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton meets with Palestinian leaders in Rahmallah. Clinton was due to travel to Cairo later in the day for meetings with Egypt President Mohamed Morsi, who is trying to coordinate ceasefire negotiations.

Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri praised the bombing, but stopped short of claiming responsibility.

"Hamas blesses the attack in Tel Aviv and sees it as a natural response to the Israeli massacres in Gaza," he told the media.

"Palestinian factions will resort to all means in order to protect our Palestinian civilians in the absence of a world effort to stop the Israeli aggression," Abu Zuhri said.

"Iran, Hamas, Hezbollah and Islamic Jihad are not interested in land," said an Israeli government spokesperson.

"This is not about land, this is about Islamic Jihad, murdering as many Jews and Christians as they can. Jews and Christians are referred to as infidels or non-believers and the Koran, the Islamic bible, commands Muslims to attack those who do not believe in Islam. From 9/11 in the States to the London and Madrid Islamic terror bombings, we are engaged in a global war against Jews and Christians. Israel is on the front line."

Christian organizations have been calling for prayer in hopes of seeing peace restored to the Middle East region.

Islamic Jihad strikes women and children in Tel Aviv.

The Pilgrim Center of Hope, a Catholic Evangelization Ministry for the Archdiocese of San Antonio, shared in an opinion piece that one of the primary actions concerned believers can take is to pray for Christians caught in the conflict – whom the organization calls "the descendants of the first followers of Jesus."

An interfaith group that brings Christians and Jews together for common goals, including the support of Israel, announced that it will increase its funding of emergency aid for families in southern Israel. Rocket attacks on cities in southern Israel occurred this week and are said to be continuing as the IDF launches a wide assault on terror activity sites and Hamas terror infrastructure in Gaza Strip.

The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (The Fellowship) said that $2.7 million in funds will go to an emergency and security aid package that includes supplies for the people in communities under fire, including Netivot, Sderot, Kiryat Malachi, Kiryat Gat, Sdot Negev, and Eshkol.

Israeli Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told Sky News: "We have heightened security all around the Tel Aviv area in order to also see if there are any suspects that fled the area."

Police in Tel Aviv were said to be holding a man caught running away from the scene moments before the bombing, and were looking for a woman who was on the bus before the explosion.

Israel, which left Gaza in 2005 in a unilateral peace move, has been forced into a defensive war resulting from thousands of terror rockets and missiles falling on Israel cities and towns from Gaza.

The last time that Tel Aviv was hit by a terror bomb blast was in April 2006, when a Palestinian suicide bomber murdered 11 people at a sandwich stand near the city's old central bus station.

"These attacks against innocent Israeli civilians are outrageous," said a White House spokesperson, reaffirming Washington's "unshakeable commitment to Israel's security and our deep friendship and solidarity with the Israeli people.

"The United States will stand with our Israeli allies, and provide whatever assistance is necessary to identify and bring to justice the perpetrators of this attack."

Israel is fighting Islamic Jihad (holy war against Jews and Christians) on two fronts. The bombs and bullets with the IDF prepared to enter Gaza and the exchanges of words and facts on social media - the use of Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Jewish and Christian organizations have recently opened up a group on Facebook for children in the US, Canada, South America and Europe to offer words of support to Jewish children in Israel who have been confined to air raid shelters.

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