Saturday, March 21, 2009
Another Miracle! Terrorist Bombing Averted at Haifa Mall. Baruch Hashm!!!
First, THANK YOU HASHM!!! How many miracles do we deserve? How many miracles does Hashm deliver??
I am so thankful that not one soul was lost. I am praying that the synagogues in Haifa fill with the prayers of thanks from those who have escaped danger.
OK, now to the analysis of the news story.
The police seem to think the purpose of the bombing was "nationalistic."
Hmmmm. What does that mean? Is this new jargon for arab terrorism, or do they suspect Jews? I strongly suggest the latter--and, of course, EVERYONE knows how dangerous those crazy nationist Jews can be--what with their knit kippahs, large families, homes over the green line, and all that religious ferver mixed with guns.
They are obviously more dangerous than any arab strapped with a bomb could ever be!!! (Get the pitchfork, the torches, and the Israeli media, quick! Let's go get those dang religious Jews!! Where's Hillary? Let's bring her too!)
I guess we will have to find out what they mean, but if it is "nationalist" Jews they suspect, and SOOOOO quickly . . . I wonder whether or not the whole thing was staged. It sure would be convenient to scapegoat some "settlers" while the right-wing coalition is forming, right?
It would be just Bibi's speed to cook something like this up in order to dramatize anger at the "nationalists" and draw Labor to his heaving bosom.
Having a car that is rigged to absolutely not go off but set off a small preliminary explosion, just to get the police there, sounds like just the right kind of set up to find a car packed with explosives and, of course, some tell-tale "evidence" that the evil right-wing Jews did it. Then the media can draw ire upon "nationalists" at the most opportune political time.
It's just a bit too convenient, don't you think?
OK, I guess I am too suspicious . . . or too smart.
Police dismantle bomb planted near shopping mall
Explosive devices found in car near Lev HaMifratz center in Haifa bay, terror organization claims responsibility for bombing attempt. Mall was previously hit by Scud rocket during Operation Desert Storm
Latest Update: 03.22.09, 00:45 / Israel News
A private vehicle wired with explosives and parked outside the Lev HaMifratz shopping mall in Haifa was neutralized by security forces on Saturday evening, preventing a potentially deadly attack. The bombs were found after a partial explosion occurred, alerting local security. Police are currently operating under the belief that the motive for the attempted bombing is nationalistic.
Sappers alerted to the scene worked for a lengthy period of time to dismantle the remaining explosives, which were concealed in a bag. According to the police, the largest of the explosive devices detonated partially, leaving the rest of it intact. A number of smaller charges spread around it also did not explode. Officers later said that current estimates put the weight of the explosives involved at nearly 100 pounds.
The mall, adjacent to the outdoor, was evacuated for fear the remaining explosives would detonate. It will remain closed overnight as police continue to comb the area. The mall, which also houses a train station and neighbors a central bus terminal, has recently undergone major renovations and was rechristened the 'Cinemall.'
Police forces swarmed the area after receiving reports of an explosion inside a white Subaru car, which is registered as belonging to a female resident of Jerusalem.
Responsibility claim disputed
Northern District Police Commander, Major-General Shimon Koren, held a briefing at the scene: "At around 8:30 pm this evening, an explosion was heard near the Lev HaMifratz mall. The explosion brought a large number of police forces to the scene, and a number of additional explosive devices were discovered inside the car. We are currently engaged in a wide-reaching search for the person who parked the car here," he said.
Koren said that police are working in cooperation with the Shin Bet on the case, and that the assumption at present time is that the motive for the attempted bombing is terrorism. Police initially said that they were also exploring the possibility of a criminally-motivated attack.
Coastal Police chief Lt.-Cmdr. Roni Atiya addressed concerns regarding the perpetrators success at planting a bomb so close to the crowded mall. "It's important to stress that this is an outdoor parking lot and not one of the mall's underground or multi-story parking lots, so this is a car that didn't go through a security check and therefore the bomb wasn't found in due time. This was a big charge that could have caused a lot of damage to person and property. We expect to meet with this mall's administration to assess the situation and agree on future procedures, and we'll do so with other malls in the areas as well.
An organization calling itself the 'Galilee Freedom Battalions' claimed responsibility for the incident, however its credibility has been called into question. In a written statement the organization said: "This bomb was intended for the Zionists who visit the mall, and bringing it in was very complicated. At around 9:15 (pm). Immediately afterwards the cell left the area. Due to a technical defect or technical error, the bomb did not go off.
"This operation is part of the series of operations we promised you in response to the demolition of homes in east Jerusalem and the slaughter carried out by the occupation in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. This operation is just the beginning."
However the organization's claims have been called into doubt. In the past the group has claimed responsibility for criminal acts too, such as the murder of Justice Adi Azar.