Wednesday, March 12, 2008

PA: Mastermind of Yeshiva Massacre Killed in IDF Raid


I would suggest they wrap him in pigskin before the bury him, but I wouldn’t want to offend the pig.

by Hana Levi Julian

( IDF forces located and killed terrorist Muhammad Shehadeh and three other senior terrorists, aged 35 to 48, in the Palestinian Authority-controlled city of Bethlehem Wednesday.

Shehadeh is believed to be the mastermind behind the deadly terror attack on the Merkaz HaRav Kook Yeshiva in Jerusalem a week ago. PA sources claimed Shehade was indeed the terrorist behind the terror, but Israeli security officials flatly denied the claim.

The IDF announced Wednesday that "in a joint IDF and Border Police arrest operation this evening in Bethlehem, Border Police Special Forces identified several Palestinian gunmen in a vehicle. The force fired at them and identified killing four gunmen. An MP5 and two M16 rifles were discovered on their bodies. The four were wanted senior terrorists from the Islamic Jihad terrorist organization."

Muhamad Shehade Abed Ta'amari, 45, was the head of the Islamic Jihad in Bethlehem and was involved in several terrorist attacks in which many Israeli civilians were wounded and killed, including:

November 2, 2000- The car bombing on Shomeron Street in Jerusalem which killed two civilians.

March 27, 2001- The car bombing on Talpiyot Street in Jerusalem in which 5 civilians were wounded.

December 5, 2001- The suicide bombing attack in the Hilton Hotel in Jerusalem in which 6 civilians were wounded.

March 17, 2002- The suicide bombing attack in the French Hill neighborhood in Jerusalem in which 31 civilians were wounded.

April 1, 2002- The shooting attack in the Har Homa neighborhood in Jerusalem in which an IDF soldier was killed.

The three other wanted terrorists, Ahmed Halil Salem Balbul, 48, Imad Hasin Mahmud Camel, 35, and Isa Marzuk Saleh Zuhara, 36, were a part of the Islamic Jihad leadership in Bethlehem and were also involved in extensive terrorist activity from the beginning of the Intifada.

The IDF report did not mention Shehade's role in planning the attack on HaRav Kook yeshiva last Thursday. In the attack, an Israeli Arab resident of the Jabal Mukabar neighborhood in the eastern section of the capital slaughtered seven teenagers and a young adult rabbinic student as they learned Talmud just before the start of a Purim party at the yeshiva. The murderer, Ala Abu Dheim, was killed by an armed part-time student and an off-duty IDF officer who lived nearby.

According to Arab sources, one of the terrorists killed with Shehadeh is reportedly affiliated with Fatah, which is led by Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.

A PA source said that a large IDF force operated in the center of Bethlehem Wednesday afternoon. Several other Arabs were injured in the IDF raid, according to the source. One of the injured was reportedly Muhammad Balboul, a senior fugitive.

Four Terrorist Murderers Sentenced to Life in Prison
Four fugitive terrorists from the Hevron area were sentenced by the military court at Ofer, in northern Jerusalem to life in prison on Tuesday evening. The four murdered six Jews in a series of deadly attacks.

The terror cell was created by Baher Shakib Awiwi, a clothing vendor, along with Moussa Ibrahim Wazuz, an employee at an office supplies store and Kassem Farid Jaber. A fourth member, Muhammad Julani was recruited later. Each purchased a weapon and trained on his own.

On June 24, 2005 the terrorists murdered Aviad Mantzour and Avichai Levy at a bus stop near Beit haggai, not far from Hevron.

On July 22, 2005 they fired at an IDF force in Hevron. Two soldiers were moderately and lightly wounded. They also killed an Arab bystander.

On October 16, 2005 they murdered three young Jews standing at the Gush Etzion "trampiada" (hitchhiking stop). Matat Rosenfeld Adler and her cousin Kinneret Mandel of Carmel were both murdered as well as 15-year-old Oz Meir of Maon.

On December 16, 2005 the terrorists murdered Yigal Shok of Beit Haggai.

The murderers were arrested by the IDF's elite Duvdevan unit on January 21, 2006.

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