It’s official. A “moderate” terrorist was responsible for the attack on the Yeshiva.
Yes, it was a member of Fatah.
It’s funny. I seem to recall that Fatah has been behind almost every terror attack to hit Israel in the past 15 years. I must be remembering wrong. After all, Rice tells us he is our friend!
Who am I to question Condi? Olmert never would.
But, just in case YOU would like to question Condi--here is a partial list of Fatah crimes, from my article, Good Cop/Bad Cop:
For brevity's sake, I'll just cover 2005-06 (you can go to the ADL website where I got the list if you want a more comprehensive rundown):
- April 17, 2006: Nine people were killed and at least 40 wounded in a suicide bombing near the old central bus station in Tel Aviv. The Islamic Jihad and Fatah's Al-Aksa Martyrs Brigades both claimed responsibility for the attack.
- March 30, 2006: Four people were killed in a suicide bombing outside Kedumim. The Al-Aksa Martyrs Brigades took responsibility for the attack.
- October 16, 2005: Palestinian gunmen killed three Israelis and wounded as least five others in two separate drive-by shootings. The Al-Aksa Martyrs Brigades claimed responsibility.
- August 28, 2005: A suicide bombing outside the Central Bus Station in Beersheba severely injured two security guards. Islamic Jihad and Al-Aksa Martyrs Brigades claimed responsibility.
- July 23, 2005: Two people were killed and three others wounded in a drive-by shooting near the Kissufim Crossing. Islamic Jihad and Al-Aksa Martyrs Brigades claimed responsibility.
- June 24, 2005: Two teenagers were killed and three others wounded in a drive-by shooting near Hebron. The Al-Aksa Martyrs Brigade claimed responsibility.
- January 13, 2005: Six Israelis were killed and five other civilians were wounded in a double suicide bombing at the Karni Crossing. Hamas and the Fatah's Al-Aksa Martyrs Brigades claimed joint responsibility for the attack.
Of course, I'm sure our government officials can excuse Mr. Abbas's youthful indiscretions; after all, it was just the beginning of Mr. Abbas's "political" experience, so we should give him a break, right? Mass murder is so passe, isn't it?
We can't expect them to remember every death, now can we?
Israel kills planner of Jerusalem shooting massacre
8 yeshiva students were gunned down in bloody attack
Posted: March 12, 2008
3:54 pm Eastern
By Aaron Klein
© 2008 WorldNetDaily
JAFFA – The Israel Defense Forces today killed the man suspected of planning last week's Jerusalem shooting massacre in which eight yeshiva students were murdered, security sources said.
Just hours after the terrorist shooting, a WND report exclusively identified the planner of the attack, quoting senior Israeli and Palestinian security officials stating Muhammad Shehadi, an activist in Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah organization, set up the massacre from the West Bank city of Bethlehem.
Today, IDF forces raided Bethlehem on a hunt for Shehadi. They killed the Fatah official along with three other gunmen, including Ahmed Dalbul, a Bethlehem-area leader of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, Fatah's declared military wing.
Israel's leading Yediot Aharonot daily and Channel 2 television here quoted security officials identifying Shehadi as the planner of the attack, the only mention of Shehadi by any media since last week's WND report. The Israeli media labeled Shehadi as an Islamic Jihad activist, even though he works for Fatah.
According to security officials speaking to WND, Shehadi was killed after the Israeli military received intelligence he was scheduled to attend a secret Fatah planning meeting in Bethlehem. Shehadi's Bethlehem area home was bulldozed by Israel last week, and he has been in hiding since.
Shehadi ran as a Fatah candidate in the 2006 Palestinian elections, but he lost.
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He received financing from Hezbollah to plan last week's Jerusalem attack, according to senior security sources.
According to Palestinian security officials familiar with Shehadi, after losing the 2006 election as a Fatah leader, Shehadi worked for about six months for the Islamic Jihad terror group but then switched back to Fatah.
"He would go wherever the money was," said a Palestinian security official. "He thought he could get more money from Islamic Jihad, so he worked for them for a few months but then switched back to Fatah because he didn't like his Islamic Jihad salary."
Israeli security sources said Shehadi previously assisted in terrorist attacks carried out from the Bethlehem area by the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades.
Last Thursday, a terrorist gunman infiltrated the Mercaz Harav Yeshiva, located near the entrance to Jerusalem, and fired hundreds of rounds of bullets at students studying in the building's main library, killing eight students and wounding about a dozen.
Scenes of the yeshiva's blood-soaked floors and of bodies being lined up outside the yeshiva's library were broadcast on Israeli TV. Prayer books, torahs and Talmud texts stained with blood were carried from the building.
The head of the ZAKA emergency services – among the first to arrive at the yeshiva following the attack – described the scene as a "slaughterhouse."
The fatalities have been identified as Yochai Lipschitz, 18, of Jerusalem; Yonatan Yitzchak Eldar, 16, of Shiloh; Yonadav Chaim Hirschfeld, 19, of Kochav Hashahar; Neriah Cohen, 15, of Jerusalem; Roey Roth, 18, of Elkana; Segev Pniel Avihayil, 15, of Neveh Daniel; Avraham David Moses, 16, of Efrat; and Maharata Trunoch, 26, of Ashdod.