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Hebrew University Marks 10th Anniversary of Fatal Bombing

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

A memorial service at Hebrew University in Jerusalem marked the 10th anniversary of a fatal bombing there that killed nine, including five Americans.

“A decade has passed since the attack, and it is not only a time to mourn, but also a time to reflect upon the mission entrusted to us,” said university President Menachem Ben-Sasson at Tuesday’s memorial service. “We are entrusted with the development of knowledge that knows no shade of skin or religion. And so we say to the families, we shall endure. If depraved terrorists wish to disrupt the things upon which all human beings base their lives, they will not succeed.”

Students and staff members were among the victims in the bombing of the main cafeteria of the Mount Scopus campus in 2002. They are Benjamin Blutstein, Marla Bennett, Revital Barashi, David Gritz, David Diego Ladowski, Janis Ruth Coulter, Dina Carter, Levina Shapira and Daphna Spruch. Nearly a hundred people were wounded.

French Ambassador to Israel Christophe Bigot and U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro laid wreaths in tribute to the citizens of their countries who were killed in the attack.

Barashi’s brother, Itzik, recited the Kaddish memorial prayer. Revital Barashi had worked in the Faculty of Law.

Israel returns remains of Palestinian terrorists

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel turned over to Palestinian officials the bodies of 91 terrorists.

The remains of 80 Palestinian terrorists, which had been buried in an Israeli military cemetery in the West Bank, were turned over to the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank on Thursday. Another 11 bodies were repatriated to Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

Suicide bombers responsible for the deaths of more than 200 Israelis were among the bodies transferred.

Included among the repatriated bodies was Ramez Aslim, the suicide bomber who attacked the central Jerusalem Cafe Hillel in 2003. Dual Israeli-American citizens Dr. David Applebaum, head of the emergency room at Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem, and his daughter Nava, who was to have been married the day after the bombing, were killed in that attack.

Dozens of reserve soldiers were called into service to exhume the bodies during the month of May, Ynet reported.

The repatriation of the bodies is being called a good-will gesture to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. It reportedly was agreed to during a meeting in Ramallah earlier this month between Abbas and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s personal envoy, Isaac Molcho.

The Almagor terror victims association on Wednesday slammed the government for the handover of bodies.

“The Netanyahu-Barak-Mofaz government is giving a boost to terror and abusing the bereaved families and the injured,” said Meir Indor, chairman of the association. “This is a government without a heart and without a brain.”

An official ceremony to honor the terrorists was scheduled to be held Thursday in the PA’s presidential compound in Ramallah, Palestinian Authority civil affairs minister Hussein al-Sheikh told the Palestinian Ma’an news service. A ceremony also reportedly will be held in Gaza.

In The Aftermath of Attacks on Israeli Targets…

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

Malaysia will extradite to Thailand an Iranian citizen detained over suspected links to the attempted bomb attack in Bangkok on Tuesday, according to a report in the Bangkok Post Thursday.

Thai Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul said that Masoud Sedaghatzadeh succeeded in fleeing Thailand, and was arrested by Malaysian authorities in Kuala Lumpur, while attempting to catch a flight to Iran.

Arrest warrants for all four individuals suspected of involvement in the attempted attack have been issued, and all have been identified as Iranian nationals: Sedaghatzadeh; Saeid Moradi, who blew off his legs in the attempted attack; Mohammad Kharzei, who was apprehended at Bangkok’s international airport while attempting to flee the country; and Rohani Leila, who is believed to have succeeded in retuning to Iran.

National police chief General Prewpan Dhamapong said that Kharzei had “partially confessed” and had admitted to knowing Moradi.

Iran has denied involvement in the bomb blasts.

In related news, the Times of India reported that Mossad head Tamir Pardo had visited New Delhi days before the bombing attack on the Israeli diplomatic vehicle, and lauded India as a safe destination for Israelis. The report, if true, reflects the complete lack of specific intelligence warnings in the days preceding the bombing, and the extent to which Israel was caught off guard. Still, the report cited a letter sent by senior officials at the Israeli embassy to the New Delhi police on February 1, in which they warned of the possible terror attacks against Israeli targets on the anniversary of Hizbollah commander Imad Mughniyah’s assassination.

Meanwhile, Israel’s envoy to the United Nations has lodged a complaint to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon over the week-long terror campaign against Israeli targets, insisting that Iran and Hizbollah are behind it.

“This campaign bears the unmistakable fingerprints of the Iranian regime and the highest echelons of the Hizbollah leadership,” wrote Ron Prosor.”Their actions constitute a clear threat to security and stability of Lebanon, to the Middle East, and to many countries that have been targeted.”

Indian Police Find Motorcycle They Suspect Was Used in Bomb Attack on Israeli Diplomat

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

New Delhi Police announced on Wednesday that they had recovered an abandoned red-colored motorcycle that they suspect was used in the bombing attack of an Israeli diplomatic vehicle on Monday. The motorcycle was recovered in South Delhi.

The police added that they have begun searching for the owner of the motorcycle, but have not identified any suspects.

Three Iranian Bombs Rock Downtown Bangkok

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

The three bombs that exploded in a busy Bangkok street Tuesday were intended for “foreign nationals” in Thailand, according to national police chief Priewpan Damapong. The blasts injured five people including a bombing suspect carrying an Iranian passport who blew off his own legs. Another Iranian suspect was arrested at Suvarnabhumi airport hours after the incident as he was about to leave for Malaysia. He is one of three suspects thought to be involved.

Thai TV news reports said the Iranian, carrying a black bag, first threw a bomb at a taxi after its driver refused to take him as a passenger. When police got to the scene, some reports said, he threw a second bomb that hit a tree and bounced back at him, blowing off both his legs. Other eyewitness accounts said he dropped the device. There are also unconfirmed reports that the house where the man was living may be storing further explosives.

State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said the U.S. was awaiting the results of investigations, and did not blame Iran directly. But she noted Monday’s incidents in India and Georgia, and recent “Iranian-sponsored” and “Hezbollah-linked” plots to attack Israeli and Western interests in Azerbaijan and Thailand.

Thai police have not yet divulged motives for the blasts, but the Israeli defense minister, Ehud Barak, directly accused Iran of exporting terror around the world. “The attempted terror attack in Thailand proves once again that Iran and its proxies continue to operate in the ways of terror and the latest attacks are an example of that,” said Barak.

He said Iran and its Lebanese ally Hezbollah were “unrelenting terror elements endangering the stability of the region and endangering the stability of the world.”

When Terror Victims Fall Through The Cracks

Friday, February 10th, 2012

The Second Intifada may have ended seven years ago, but countless Israelis injured during that harrowing period, and in the years since, continue to suffer. The Israeli government offers many of them compensation for their injuries, but its bureaucratic apparatus is sometimes slow to respond, the money is not always sufficient, and not all injuries qualify for compensation.

Which is why Ohr Meir U’Bracha was founded. Launched in 2002 by Liora Tedgi – a terror victim herself and the mother of 10 – Ohr Meir U’Bracha aims to help those falling through the cracks. “I was near the terrorist,” Tedgi told The Jewish Press, recalling the suicide bombing in Jerusalem’s Beit Yisrael neighborhood on March 2, 2002 that killed 11 and injured 50. “I was a few meters from him, and I have a lot of noise in my head and a lot of pressure. But I decided to help – to transform my suffering, to bring more energy, and help victims of terror.”

Today, among other projects, Ohr Meir U’Bracha distributes 500 care packages every week to the families of Israelis injured in terrorist attacks. Before Jewish holidays, that number can reach 600. “When both parents work and get a salary, it’s okay,” Tedgi said. “But – I’ll give you an example – the mother of Family X, who is a teacher, was in a bombing, and never came back home. Suddenly the father had to be a mother and a father with three little children. And then he had trouble at work. So he became depressed, and it’s like a [vicious] circle.”

Liora Tedgi standing beside Ohr Meir U’Bracha care packages.

It is families like these that Tedgi tries to help. “I give them food and also buy them washing machines, a refrigerator – anything that can help.” She also helps people find job training courses when necessary. Just the other week, her organization distributed 1,000 blankets to children affected by terrorism in “Operation Hot Winter.”

Currently, the organization provides 50 children daily with a hot lunch. One of Tedgi’s dreams is to start an after-school program for these children to teach them computer and other vocational skills, while also keeping them off the street. “She’d start this program tomorrow if we had enough money,” said Shoshana Shore, Tedgi’s administrative assistant.

Many Israelis blame their government for Arab terror – and Tedgi, of course, is aware of this opinion. But when asked if she ever considered political activism so that her organization would have less people to service, she answered simply, “I’ll tell you the truth. I don’t politica; I know how to help.”

Liora Tedgi will be in the United States from February 14-27. She can be contacted through office@terror-victims.org.

Syrians Bury Dozens of Suicide Bombing Victims

Sunday, December 25th, 2011

Thousands of mourners took part in a mass funeral for 45 people killed in twin intelligence agency compound bombings in Syria’ capital city of Damascus on Saturday. The attacks involved suicide bombers, the first such attack since opposition to President Bashar Assad’s rule arose in March.

An additional estimated 166 people were wounded in the attacks.  One took place in Damascus’ upscale Kfar Sousa district at 10:30 on Friday morning, when a suicide bomber detonated his explosive-laden car outside a military intelligence building.  The second attack took place a minute later at the gate of the General Intelligence Agency.

Relatives and friends of the deceased, loyalists of Assad’s regime, wore black garments and carried Syrian flags and pictures of the dead, chanting “Martyr after martyr we want no one but Assad,” according to a report by the Associated Press.  Coffins were draped with Syrian flags at the Omayyad Mosque, built in the year 715, the burial place of Crusader nemesis and former ruler of Jerusalem, Saladin.

All but six of the remains were identified.  Most of the victims were civilians, though some were security officers.  State television broadcast the funeral live on-air.

Assad’s administration responded to the attacks by saying preliminary investigations point to al-Qaida, further suggesting that the current battle with opposition forces was not a battle with reformers, but rather with al-Qaida terrorists.

For its part, opposition members said Assad himself could be behind the attack, which took place the day after a team of Arab League observers arrived in country to investigate Assad’s crackdown on resistance.  Anti-Assad forces also expressed concern that the recent attack would lead to a massive onslaught in central Syria.  Furthermore, reports from rebels indicate that Assad is inhibiting the work of the observers and causing delays for the team.

On Saturday, at least three people were killed in Baba Amr by shelling, with homes and stores set on fire.  Another four bodies were found dumped on the streets of Houla in the volatile Homs province, with indications they had been tortured.

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