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May 19, 2003

At Least Twelve Israelis Killed in Renewed Wave of Palestinian Terror


May 19, 2003 Afula Attack Kills at Least Three

At least three people were killed and 18 were wounded when a homicide bomber blew herself this afternoon up at the entrance to the Emakim Mall in Afula. The bomber detonated her explosive belt after a security guard prevented her entry into the shopping center. Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the bombing.
Also today, Palestinians launched a series of attacks in the Gaza Strip, including a homicide bomber on a bicycle who attacked an IDF patrol in the area of Kfar Darom injuring three soldiers. Several rockets and mortars were fired at civilian areas and at least one struck in the Negev town of Sderot, punching a hole in a building at a construction site. Two women were treated for shock. Two mortars were fired at the Gush Katif community in southern Gaza.



May 18, 2003 Jerusalem Bombing Kills Seven

Early Sunday morning, a Palestinian terrorist disguised as a religious Jew boarded the No. 6 Egged bus at Jerusalem's French Hill intersection and blew himself up, killing seven passengers and wounding 20 others, four seriously.
The victims were: Shimon Ostinsky, 68; Nellie Perov, 55; Olga Brenner, 52; Marina Tzachivirshvili, 44; Yitzhak Moyal, 64; Roni Yisraeli, 35, all from the Pisgat Ze'ev neighborhood; and Tawil Ralab, 42, from Shuafat.
The homicide bomber was identified as Bassem Jamil Tarkrouri, 19, a Hamas activist from Hebron. Tarkrouri, armed with a belt of explosives, boarded the bus wearing a kippa and tallit in order to give the impression that he had just returned from synagogue. He blew himself up at 6 AM, the explosion of his 10-kilo bomb ripping out the windows of the bus and sending glass fragments and personal belongings flying.
About 20 minutes after the blast on French Hill, as rescue officials were just completing the evacuation of the wounded to four city hospitals, another explosion went off to the north. A second Palestinian homicide bomber had set off another explosion at a checkpoint near the city's northern border after being cornered there by security officials. He failed to kill anyone but himself.



May 17, 2003 Hebron Attack Claims Lives of Two Israelis

Gadi Levy, 31, and his pregnant wife Dina, 37, of Kiryat Arba were killed on Saturday evening after a Hamas homicide bomber blew himself up alongside homes belonging to Jewish community residents of the West Bank city of Hebron. Also late Saturday night, a Palestinian gunman carried out a shooting attack on the community of Sha'arei Tikva close to the Green Line, injuring at least one resident there.




Prime Minister's Office:

"The objective of Palestinian terror, as perpetrated by all of the organizations operating out of the Palestinian Authority areas and from abroad, is to continue to murder civilians, women, children, babies and the elderly simply because they are Jews and Israelis. The goal of the terrorists, their accomplices, those who dispatch them, and those who finance them, is to cause us to despair and lose hope. They will not succeed. The State of Israel will continue to fight terror everywhere, at all times, and in every way possible. The State of Israel will continue to act in order to foil the murderous designs on its citizens until we see that there is someone on the other side who can do this.
Israel is a peace-seeking country. Its hand has always been, and will always be, extended in peace to those who are willing, and mainly to those
who can accept it. However, peace can prevail only after terror has been defeated, only after there will be quiet here. Only then will it be possible to make diplomatic progress." read the statement in full

List of Terrorist Attacks Carried out by Palestinian Terrorists since May 3, 2003 - Date of the Palestinian Leadership's Acceptance of the Road Map

5/19 - Three people killed, 18 wounded in Afula homicide bombing. Also, three IDF soldiers lightly injured when a Palestinian bomber on a bicycle blows himself up in Kfar Darom

5/18 - A homicide bomber disguised as a religious Jew blew himself up aboard a number #6 bus in Jerusalem's French Hill neighborhood, killing 7 and injuring 20, four of them seriously. Twenty minutes later, another bomber was stopped at the a-Ram roadblock and exploded, causing no injuries. Also, an IDF soldier was lightly wounded by Palestinian gunfire in Gush Katif.

5/17 - A terrorist disguised as a Jewish seminary student blew himself up near Gross Square in the heart of Hebron, killing an Israeli man and his pregnant wife. Also, two armed terrorists tried to infiltrate Shaari Tikvah neighborhhod in the West Bank. Before security forces killed the terrorists the two assailants injured an Israeli man.

5/16 - IDF soldier seriously injured when an explosive device goes off next to his tank in Beit Hanoun. Israeli Women injured when Palestinian gunmen open fire on her car in Obed.

5/13 - An Israeli woman injured when Palestinians threw stones at her car in Halhoul. Meanwhile, three Israelis suffered smoke inhalation from 3 Kassam Rockets hitting a factory in Sderot. Also, a Palestinian at an outpost by Gush Katif stabbed an IDF soldier.

5/11 - A Palestinian ambush kills an Israeli man near Ofra.

5/10 - Two Israeli girls injured by shrapnel when Kassam Rockets landed in Neve Dekalim. In Hebron, Palestinian threw stones at Israeli children playing outside their apartment, wounding a three-year old.

5/9 - An Israeli girl is injured by Kassam rockets landing in her town of derot

5/5 - A father and daughter were seriously injured, when Palestinians opened fire at their vehicle near the Shvut Rachel neighborhood, northeast of Ramallah.

List of Terror Attacks in Afula since September 2000.

Afula has been the site of many terror attacks since the start of Palestinian violence. Located near the north-western corner of the West Bank, it is within easy reach from the town of Jenin. Jenin, along with its attached refugee camp, is a stronghold of Palestinian terror organizations - dozens of suicide-bombings have originated from there since September 2000.

June 5, 2002 - A Palestinian terrorist drove a car packed with a large quantity of explosives into an Israeli bus (Egged No. 830) traveling from Tel-Aviv to Tiberias at the Megiddo junction near Afula. 17 people were killed and over 50 were injured. The Palestinian Islamic Jihad (Islamic holy war) claimed responsibility for the murder.

March 5, 2002 - A Palestinian homicide bomber blew himself up on a bus in the Israeli city of Afula, killing one and wounding at least five. The bus was en route from Nazareth to Tel-Aviv. The bus driver related that the Palestinian murderer, who was clean-shaven and wearing a padded jacket, did not arouse any suspicion until he declined to accept change from a NIS 50 bill. Maharatu Tagana, an 85-year-old father of 12, was killed in the blast.

October 4, 2001 - A terrorist dressed in an IDF uniform opened fire at the central bus station of Afula in north-central Israel, killing three Israelis and wounding 13. Around 2 pm, the gunman got off the northbound 842 bus from Tel Aviv to Kiryat Shmona during a stop in Afula and opened fire on passersby with an M-16 rifle and emptied two ammunition clips, according to Israeli Television. Eyewitnesses reported that he "looked like an Israeli soldier in every way" - until he started shooting. The terrorist was killed by shots from a security guard, part of a special transport protection unit.

November 29, 2001 - Three unarmed civilians were deliberately murdered by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad when a massive explosion tore through a bus traveling on a major highway between the Israeli coastal cities of Hadera and Afula. Among the victims was Inbal Weiss, a 22-year-old student murdered by the Palestinian homicide bomber.

November 27, 2001- Two people were killed and 50 were injured, many of them seriously, when two terrorists opened fire at the Afula central bus station. The terrorists opened fire indiscriminately before being shot and killed by police as they attempted to escape to the city's market. The two terrorists reportedly arrived at the Afula station in a stolen car shortly after 11:30 a.m. They got out of the vehicle and opened fire with Kalashnikov assault rifles on bystanders while running towards the market.

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