Israeli policemen check a dead body near a wrecked bus
following a Palestinian suicide attack in Jerusalem 21 November 2002. At least
ten people were killed and 48 injured as a Palestinian suicide bomber blew
himself up aboard a rush-hour bus in west Jerusalem. AFP PHOTO/ MENAHEM KAHANA...
And the Palestinians continue to send suicide bombers to
kill Israelis. If they kill enough Israelis before the January elections,
maybe the Israelis will vote for peace. But I doubt it.
It is interesting to me that the Israelis continue to think they are going to
solve the Palestinian problem with violence; or by knocking down
It does not matter how many soldiers that the Israelis send into Palestine, the
suicide bombers will continue to blow up Israelis in retaliation.
What an idiot Sharon is to think that he can continue his genocidal policies
against the Palestinians without killing his own people. It has not
worked. It is never going to work. The Israelis are going to get out
of Palestine and give the Palestinians their own state or they are going to pay
for their intransigence with a daily visit from Mr. Death.
And George Bush is about to foist the same thing on America when he invades
Iraq. bin-Laden and Saddam are going to show America what happens when you
try to be king of the world.
The question for Israel now and for America shortly is, how many people are
we willing to sacrifice on a daily basis for the sake of controlling 112 billion
barrels of Iraqi oil?
Here is how it works. Each day we put a couple of people up for
sacrifice. They are blown up, shot, gassed, exposed to viruses or just get
stabbed to death all for the sake of American arrogance in Bush's New
World Order of Imperialistic Capitalism in the name of democracy.
Oh well it is someone's else's family that will die. Hey, to those
other families, it is my family who they think will die.
Ride on Sharon. Ride on little George. Every single death is on
your head. But ever American and every Israeli must acknowledge the fact
that this blood is on our hands as well. We elected these socio-paths.
November 21, 2002
Suicide Bomber Kills 10 in Israel
The Associated Press, Thu 21 Nov 2002
JERUSALEM (AP) — A suicide bomber blew himself up on a crowded Jerusalem
bus during morning rush hour Thursday, killing 10 passengers and wounding
dozens. Many schoolchildren were on the bus, officials said.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility. However, a leader of the
Islamic militant group Hamas said attacks on Israelis would continue to
force an end to Israel's occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
The bombing, the first in Jerusalem since July, went off as the campaign
for Israel's Jan. 28 election was heating up. It raised doubts about the
effectiveness of efforts by Egypt and the Palestinian Authority to
persuade militias to stop attacks, at least for the duration of the
The bomber set off the explosives at about 7:10 a.m. as the bus stood at a
stop in Jerusalem's residential Kiryat Menachem neighborhood.
A witness, who identified himself only as Tomer, said he was in a car
behind the bus when the blast went off.
``I heard the explosion and then I heard screaming,'' Tomer told Israel
Radio. ``I saw people hanging out the windows.''
At least 35 bystanders were wounded, seven of them very seriously.
The blast blew out the windows of the green city bus. A torso had fallen
over the side of the bus, and was covered with a white-and-blue checkered
cloth. Debris covered the street and body parts lay on the sidewalk.
Children's sandwiches and schoolbooks lay scattered, Yaron Enosh, an
Israel Radio reporter said.
``All I saw was flesh, hands, feet — everything you see on TV,'' Tomer
said. ``You smell of dust and burning and the flesh burning.''
In the aftermath of the blast, Jerusalem Police Chief Mickey Levy hugged a
woman who had her face buried in his chest. Levy said 10 passengers were
David Baker, an official in Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's office,
condemned the attack. ``Palestinian terrorists continue to cling to the
bloodshed agenda and they are satisfied only when innocent Israeli lives
are taken,'' Baker said.
There was no immediate reaction from the Palestinian Authority.
Abdel Aziz Rantisi, a leader of Hamas, said shootings and bombings would
not stop. ``The only way to liberate the land and the nation ... is
resistance, first and foremost martyrdom operations,'' he told the Arab
satellite TV station Al Jazeera.
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's Fatah movement, with the help of Egypt,
has been trying to persuade Hamas to stop attacks, at least during
Israel's election campaign. A first round of talks in Cairo ended
inconclusively, but both sides had said negotiations were continuing.
On Nov. 4, a bomber from the Islamic Jihad group, a smaller rival of Hamas,
blew himself up in a shopping mall in central Israel.
The Israeli army has reoccupied most Palestinian towns and cities in the
West Bank to try to halt bombings that have marked the 26 months of
Nov. 21, 2002, 12:39AM
Suicide bomber kills nine in Israeli bus bombing
Reuters News Service
JERUSALEM - A suspected Palestinian suicide bomber killed at least nine
people when he detonated explosives on a crowded commuter bus during the
Thursday morning rush hour in Jerusalem, police and rescue workers said.
"The explosion was so loud I thought the roof had come off," said
Ariel Gino, a resident of the Kiryat Menahem neighbourhood where the blast
"I rushed out and saw people lying on the street. Some were screaming,
some were crying. There were about five or six people still in the bus. They
weren't moving. Some on the street had blood on their faces, others had
burns," he told Reuters.
The attack, in which more than 40 people were wounded, was the first since
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon called an early election for January 28 after his
broad coalition government with the centre-left Labour Party collapsed.
A charred torso of one of the victims hung out of the bus's window as rescue
workers wheeled stretchers to the bus door and scoured the vehicle for more
wounded. Most of the bus's windows were blown out from the force of the blast.
Rescue workers said the toll of at least nine dead did not include the
suicide bomber who apparently set off his explosives at the front of the bus.
One witness, a 20-year-old man, said he believed a number of children on
their way to school were among the casualties because he heard survivors shout
"Mamma, Mamma" from the twisted wreckage.
A Reuters reporter at the scene said he saw a child's schoolbag and charred
workbooks in the debris next to the bus.
It was the first suicide bombing by Palestinian militants since November 4,
when a bomber killed two people in an attack at an shopping centre in the
Israeli town of Kfar Saba.
The attack was the first suicide bombing to hit Jerusalem since June. At the
time, Israel responded to back-to-back suicide bombings by sending troops to
reoccupy Palestinian-ruled cities in the West Bank.
Police said the bus had been crowded when the bomber detonated his explosives
at about 7:20 a.m.
"It was a bus travelling from Kiryat Menahem to the centre of the city.
Apparently a suicide bomber got on the bus, we don't know when, and exploded
himself," Jerusalem police chief Mickey Levy told Israel Radio.
Palestinian militants have waged a campaign of suicide bombings and other
attacks on Israeli buses and other targets in a two-year-old uprising against
occupation which erupted after negotiations for a final peace treaty deadlocked.
At least 1,674 Palestinians and 640 Israelis have been killed in the uprising
that began in September 2000, excluding the latest deaths in the bus bombing.
How can we manifest peace on
earth if we do not include everyone (all races, all nations, all religions, both
sexes) in our vision of Peace?
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