The following is excerpted
from "ISRAELI RESTRAINT MAKES TERRORISM MORE LIKELY
By Jeff Jacoby, The Boston Globe, January 9, 2003"
Even by the grim standards of
recent years, the suicide bombings in Tel Aviv
this week were horrific.
The terrorists, members of the Al-Aqsa Martyr's Brigade (a wing of Yasser
Arafat's Fatah organization), positioned themselves at opposite ends of a
busy street and blew themselves up 30 seconds apart. That was to guarantee
the maximum number of casualties -- as terrified pedestrians fled the first
explosion, many ran directly toward the bomber waiting to set off the second.
The attack murdered 22 civilians and wounded more than 100, many of whom
will be maimed for life: The bombs were packed with nails and metal shards so
that shrapnel would shred skin and muscle, leaving survivors with agonizing
internal injuries or grotesquely disfigured.
It was the third worst terror attack in Israel in the past
quarter-century, and the Palestinian Authority's initial reaction was to
arrest the Al Jazeera correspondent who first reported that Fatah was
involved. Then Arafat's spokesman issued a statement in English expressing
"total condemnation of these terrorist attacks against Israeli civilians."
But at about the same time, the Fatah web site posted another statement
-- in Arabic -- celebrating the attacks:
"With faith in the calling of holy jihad," it said, "two suicide
attackers . . . succeeded this evening to infiltrate the Zionist roadblocks
and to enter the heart of . . . Tel Aviv and carried out two consecutive
suicide attacks. . . . These suicide attacks caused a large number of
fatalities and casualties in the center of the Zionist occupation of our
land. We swear before our people that additional suicide operations will
Note the description of Tel Aviv, a city founded by Jews in 1909 and laid
out on the empty sand dunes north of Jaffa: "the center of the Zionist
occupation." To Fatah -- which is to say, to Arafat and the Palestinian
leadership -- the borders of the "occupation" are not those of Gaza or the
West Bank. They are the borders of Israel.
The Prime Minister's Office - Jerusalem 28 January 1999
In recent weeks, Yasser Arafat has been releasing dozens of terrorists from prison. On the occasion of Id al-Fitr (a Muslim holiday) last week, he released some 60 terrorists from detention, in violation of the Oslo Accords and the Wye Protocol.
Among recently released terrorists involved in the murder of Americans are:
1) Jihad Suwiti - senior Hamas terrorist who served as a deputy to Hassan Salameh, the mastermind of the wave of suicide bombings in Israel in February-March 1996 (which killed 60 people) including the February 25, 1996 attack on bus #18 in Jerusalem which killed 3 Americans: Matthew Eisenfeld and Sara Duker (students at New York's Jewish Theological Seminary) and Ira Weinstein.
2) Arafat Kawasmeh - senior Hamas terrorist from the Hebron area, released by Jibril Rajoub's Preventive Security Service on December 18, 1998. Assistant to Hassan Salameh, mastermind of suicide bombings in Israel in February-March 1996 (which killed 60 people) including the February 25, 1996 attack on bus #18 which killed 3 Americans: Ira Weinstein, Matthew Eisenfeld and Sara Duker.
3) Hassam Alimani - senior Hamas terrorist and arms dealer, freed by the PA's Military Intelligence on December 19, 1998. A member of the Awadallah brothers' terror unit (prior to their deaths in September 1998) which masterminded the July 30, 1997 bombing in Jerusalem that killed 15 people, including Leah Stern, an American-Israeli formerly of New Jersey.
4) Talal al-Baz - senior Hamas terrorist from Kalkilya, headed the organization's military wing in the city. He assisted the Awadallah brothers' terror unit (prior to their deaths in September 1998) which masterminded the July 30, 1997 bombing in Jerusalem that killed 15 people, including Leah Stern, an American-Israeli formerly of New Jersey.
5) Bashir Daher - Hamas terrorist and student at A-Najah University in Shechem (Nablus), assisted wanted fugitive Mahmoud Abu Hanoud, ringleader of the terrorists who set off bombs in Jerusalem on July 30, 1997 (which killed 15 people, including Leah Stern, an American-Israeli formerly of New Jersey) and on September 4, 1997 (which killed 5 people, including 14-year old Yael Botwin, an American-Israeli originally from California).
Last week, the PA also released Abdallah Shami, one of Islamic Jihad's most prominent figures in Gaza. Shami was detained by the PA on the eve of President Bill Clinton's December 1998 trip to the region after he publicly announced "Clinton should get a bullet in his head when he arrives here." Shami has also been involved in the planning and preparation of attacks against Israel.
The Hero of Gush Katif
Written by Steve Plaut
Kharkov is a dirty industrial town in the eastern Ukraine. It is where the pre-Herzl Zionist movement Hovevei Zion was founded. It was the scene of a massacre of Jews in World War II similar to Babi Yar, but all but unknown.
Two years ago, a 17 year old young man named Alexei "Lusha" Naikov bid his parents and brother a temporary goodbye and moved to Israel. He lived at first in a dormitory. He enrolled in the Technion. He was offered an academic deferment from military service until completing his studies but passed it up, preferring to join the army.
Yesterday Sargent Naikov was riding in a jeep whose job was to run interference for and guard a schoolbus full of elementary and pre-school Jewish children going to school in the "Gush Katif" area of the Gaza strip. He suddenly saw a car speeding right toward the children. As he had been trained to do, he had his jeep speed directly toward the car full of explosives and a Palestinian terrorist trying to blow up the school bus. His jeep rammed the car bomb, which exploded, killing Naikov and wounding two of his friends, soldiers in the jeep. By sacrificing his life, in a manner that recalls the act of Eliezer brother of Judah Maccabi, Naikov saved a bus full of Jewish children from the Nazi-like massacre that the Hamas fascists were attempting. A few children were scratched but none seriously hurt. The parents of the children have sent a collective letter to Naikov's family, thanking them for his heroism and sacrifice.
Naikov's parents, Semyon and Klara Naikov, and his brother Radomir, live at 37 Pfezner Street in Haifa, if you would like to drop them a card, note or telegram. They moved to Haifa recently and do not speak Hebrew well, but I am sure have translators. His friend and driver of the jeep, Ziv Heznovski, is very seriously hurt and is in Soroka Hospital in Beer Sheba, where you may if you wish also send cards, notes or telegrams.
When the Israeli soldiers in the vicinity of the bombing took off after Palestinian suspects nearby, they were fired upon by PLO soldiers.
The Jerusalem Post reported on 1/5/03 that Farouk Kaddoumi, the head of the PLO's political department told the Nazareth based weekly Kul al-Arab that there is no difference between Hamas and the Fatah. "We were never different from Hamas," Kaddoumi said. "Hamas is a national movement. Strategically there is no difference between us."
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