Tulkarem: Israeli Tank Runs into Civilian Bus
Hear Palestine - January 5, 2003
An Israeli tank at noon today ran into a Palestinian civilian bus at
entrance of Deir Ghasyoun Village, near Tulkarem.
The tank intentionally ran into the 'Alar' Company bus with 12
passengers on board, which resulted in the bus turning over at al-
Jaroushiya junction, at the entrance of Deir Ghasyoun Village.
One of the passengers was reportedly seriously wounded.
A Palestinian youth killed 3 days ago while reportedly attempting to
carry out an operation in a Kibutz was identified today as Seifallah
Badran (17 years old) from Deir Ghasyoun, the brother of Fawaz
Badran who was executed by occupation military forces north of
Tulkarem. The occupation army continues to hold onto his body, and
his yet to hand his remians over to his family. His family confirmed
the news and said that he had disappeared for 4 days.
Tulkarem continues to be placed under tight military curfew, while
occupation soldiers carry out arrests in and between surrounding
FIVE RULES SET BY THE KINGDOM OF THE SETTLEMENTS
Amira Hass, Haaretz, 1/4/03
Over there, in the Kingdom of the Settlements, the thresholds of
shame were crossed long before the suicide bombings. There was the
trickery and legalistic manipulation that enabled the citizens of a
state occupying lands it doesn't own - and in violation of
international law - to move onto those lands; the limited water
quotas for Palestinians and the generous quotas for Jew; the complex
regulations that stripped tens thousands of Palestinian natives of
the West Bank and Gaza, and their children, of their residency;
the "state lands" that were made available only to Jews, at
extremely low prices; the roads paved to serve Jews only, with the
strategic goal of isolating the enclaves of a Palestinian state.
But now the proposals to ban Arab MKs and Arab lists from the
Knesset and prove that the lack of selection at cafes are only a
vague echo of the amputated civic democratic thinking, because the
criteria for a "Jewish-democratic state" now is obedience to the
rules that were set and constituted in the Kingdom of the
Settlements and its protectors - the IDF and Shin Bet
In Nazareth, thousands demonstrate against Israeli apartheid
By Khalid Amayreh
Nazareth: 5 January, 2003 (IAP News)
As many as ten thousand people, Jews and Arabs alike, took to the
streets in this northern Israeli town Saturday night to protest
against Israel's increasingly brazen apartheid policies toward its
growing Arab minority.
Police and organizers estimated the number of protesters at 10,000
people, many of them democratic-minded Israeli Jews horrified by
what they called "looming apartheid."
The protesters carried placards in Arabic, Hebrew and English
reading "stop apartheid now," and "No to Political Transfer" an
allusion to rising calls among many Israelis for the expulsion of
most or all Palestinians from their ancestral homeland.
Arab and Jewish speakers castigated the decision to bar two Israeli
political parties from taking part in the coming Israeli elections,
slated for 28 January.
One speaker said "I'm not really sure where we are now, in Israel in
2003 or in Berlin in 1938."
Muhammed Baraka, a leftist Arab lawmaker, vowed that Israeli
exclusionary efforts would not succeed.
"All these efforts to exclude the Arabs from Democracy will fail.
You will see the greatest influx of Arab voters in fifty years."
Baraka added "In 1948, they (the Zionist establishment) tried to
extirpate us from this land of ours, now they are trying to take us
out of the democratic process. Are we witnessing the inauguration of
Israel as a fascist state?"
Ahmed Teibi, one of two Arab political leaders barred from the
election, accused the Israeli political and military establishment
of harboring "Nazi-like designs against our people."
"They want to exclude us from the elections so that they could
resounding victory and then effect the expulsion of our people from
Teibi made a passionate appeal to the 1.3 million- Arab community
(21% of the population) to go to the ballot boxes on 28 January to
thwart the evil designs of Sharon and his cohorts against our people.
"Any Arab voter who stays home on 28 January is effectively offering
fascists a present."
Last week, an Israeli election committee barred Teibi and Azmi
Bishara, another leader of the Arab community, from nominating
themselves for the 28 January election.
The draconian decision was apparently precipitated by remarks made
by Teivi and Bishara advocating civil society in Israel whereby all
Israelis are treated as equal citizens irrespective of their sex,
race and religion.
The remarks were interpreted by the committee as amounting
to "rejection of Israel's Jewish identity and a tacit call for the
destruction of Israel."
21 killed, 110 injured in Tel Aviv blasts
By Joshua Brilliant
From the International Desk
TEL AVIV, Israel, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- A t least 21 people, including a
pair of bombers, were killed, and more than 110 others were injured
Sunday in a pair of powerful explosions that rocked the old bus
station area in Tel Aviv, police said.
The commander of the Tel Aviv police, Maj. Gen. Yossi Sedbon, said
the attack was a double suicide bombing. It was timed to occur
during the height of the evening rush hour. Islamic Jihad claimed
responsibility for the attack.
Sedbon, said the explosions were "almost simultaneous." One
explosion occurred at a restaurant on a pedestrian mall and the
second at a bus station on a parallel street some 600 feet away. The
bombs were packed with bolts to increase injuries, police said.
One of the wounded men, identified only as Avner, said he fled from
the site of the first explosion only to run into the second. He was
eventually taken to the Tel Hashomer hospital.
At least eight people died at the site of the first blast, and seven
were declared dead at the location of the second. Others deaths
occurred after victims were taken to hospitals.
The old bus station area has narrow streets, which hampered the
evacuation of the injured since ambulances had difficulty clearing
the narrow passes. People evacuated wounded on doors and wagons
while medics worked on the victims on sidewalks.
TV footage showed one person on a stretcher being taken to an
ambulance, when the victim was apparently proclaimed dead. Rescue
workers lowered him to the sidewalk, covered the body with a white
sheet and wheeled someone else into the ambulance.
The injury total could go higher. Past attacks showed that many
foreign workers are afraid to go to the hospital. Israeli media
broadcast promises in Hebrew and English that all victims would be
treated free of charge, no questions asked.
Interior Minister Eli Yishai broadcast a statement, promising, "The
government will not enforce the law, and temporary permits will be
issued" to the victims and their families for treatment and
"The important thing is that they should not run away and disappear
when they are wounded."
Mahmoud Azzahar, a senior Hamas leader in Gaza, said the attacks
prove that Israel cannot promise security in the country.
Azzahar denied that there is any relation between the attacks and
the Israeli election campaign, adding that the "right and left wings
in Israel are two faces of the same coin, and both are repressing
the Palestinian people."
"Despite the strict Israeli security measures of closures, curfews
and sieges imposed on the West Bank and Gaza, the men managed to
reach the heart of Israel and carried out the attack," said Azzahar.
(Saud Abu Ramadan contributed to this article.)
21 dead, 100 hurt in double suicide bombing in Tel Aviv
By Haim Shadmi and Jonathan Lis, Ha'aretz Correspondents, Ha'aretz
Service and Agencies
At least 21 people were killed and 90 others were wounded in a
double suicide bombing at around 6:30 P.M. Sunday evening at the Old
Central Bus Station in south Tel Aviv.
The two suicide bombers blew themselves up within less than a minute
of one another, at the corner of G'dud Ha'ivri and Neve She'anan
streets in south Tel Aviv.
Seven of the wounded were in very serious condition, a Magen David
Adom official said.
"It seems according to evidence in the area that we are talking of
two suicide bombers. Two explosions happened in parallel streets...
It's a place where there are many foreign workers," Tel Aviv police
chief Yossi Sedbon told Army Radio.
Police spokesman Gil Kleiman said that the explsoive devices used by
the bombers were loaded with metal shards in order to maximize the
"From the extent of the damage on the scene... they were very strong
explosive devices. In each case metal fragments were added to the
explosives to increase the amount of death," he said.
Fatah's military wing, the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, took
responsibility for the attack.
Initially, a reporter for Lebanon's Al-Manar television station said
that Islamic Jihad had phoned him to take responsibility for the
attack, but an official in the Palestinian militant group said there
had been no official statement.
Channel Two television reported that foreign workers in Israel
illegally had been wounded in the attack but were hiding for fear of
Television stations read police announcements in English, assuring
illegal foreign workers that they would not be deported if they
sought treatment or searched for friends and relatives in hospital.
Interior Minister Eli Yishai ordered immunity from prosecution for
all foreign workers caught up in the attack, through injury to
themselves or their families.
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is to convene a security meeting at
11:30 P.M. with Foreign Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense
Minister Shaul Mofaz and the heads of the security establishment at
Police were searching Sunday night for a black Honda Civic that was
earlier seen speeding away from the scene of the attack in the
direction of the West Bank. It was believed to be carrying two
The attack was the first suicide bombing in an Israeli city since
November, when a suicide bomber blew up a bus in Jerusalem, killing
himself and 11 passengers.
On July 17 2002, two suicide bombers blew themselves up at the
entrance to the Neve Sha'anan Quarter, killing three people and
wounding 40 others. On January 25, 2002, 32 people were wounded in a
suicide blast on Neve Sha'anat Street.
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