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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Video (raw): Car swarm in Bethlehem (UPDATED)

Just a reminder that 'raw' video means no comments. This one was taken from Israeli television.

The IDF killed four 'Palestinian' terrorists in Bethlehem tonight, a town in which there are much fewer anti-terror operations than in Jenin or Shchem (Nablus). The terrorists included Muhammad Shahada, 48, a senior leader of Islamic Jihad, Ahmed al-Balbul, also 48, a leader of Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades and two other members of Islamic Jihad.

Here's the car swarm. Sorry, no holding up internal organs this time.



Here are more details on this story:
While attempting to arrest the men, who made up the Islamic Jihad's leadership in the city, the troops came under fire near the Bethlehem Mukata (government building), and killed all four in a gun battle.

Palestinian claims that the fugitives were responsible for planning last week's attack on Jerusalem's Mercaz Harav Yeshiva, in which gunman Ala Abu Dhaim killed eight students, were flatly denied by Israeli security officials, who added that the troops had not planned to kill the fugitives.

Muhammad Shehadeh, 45, Ahmed Balbul, 48, Amad el-Kamel, 35 and Issa Zohara, 36, were all in direct contact with Islamic Jihad's leadership in Syria and were following orders issued by the organization's leaders there.

Shehadeh has been wanted by Israel for the past eight years for involvement in planning and executing terror attacks in which Israelis were killed and wounded.

The IDF said that Shehada was held responsible for a series of car bombs and suicide attacks throughout Jerusalem in the beginning of the decade. In November 2000, he sent the car bomb that exploded in downtown Jerusalem killing two people, including the daughter of then-minister Yitzhak Levy from the National Religious Party.

In March 2001, Shehada dispatched a car bomb to the Talpiyot neighborhood in Jerusalem which exploded and wounded five. Later that year he sent two suicide bombers who blew up in two separate incidents and injured close to 50 people.

When the men's bodies were inspected, they were found to be carrying rifles and pistols.
Good riddance!

UPDATE 12:31 AM ISRAEL TIME

There are several claims being made that Shehada planned last week's terror attack at Yeshivat Merkaz HaRav in Jerusalem. You will note that the article above flatly denies that claim (I am highlighting it for you above).

4 Comments:

At 11:08 PM, Blogger NY Nana said...

Too bad it wasn't an articulated bus or 2.

 
At 11:25 PM, Blogger Carl in Jerusalem said...

Heh.

I just updated the story with more details for anyone who is interested.

 
At 11:38 PM, Blogger yehu ben zohar said...

I used to live on Ma'aglei Yahvneh in Talpyiot, I took my driving test through that Arab neighborhood.
I hear he was actually in Fatah, but the Israeli press whitewashed him, after all, he belongs to the "peace partner" Fatah.

 
At 12:58 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

The IDF did such a good job on this one that the "moderate" Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, denounced it as a "barbaric" operation. Listen to this from the PA peace partner:

"This barbaric crime against our fighters and against our Palestinian people tears the mask off of the fake mask covering the face of Israel, which speaks of peace and on a daily basis commits crimes, murders and executions against our people."

"Despite all of the fake claims by the Israeli government that it wants peace and security, on the ground it ceaselessly continues constructing settlements in Jerusalem and in the other territories in the West Bank, as it casts aside all of its fake commitments at Annapolis and in the other international events, besides the barbaric holocaust it perpetrated against our people, our women and children in Gaza."

Yes, and there's the barbaric holocaust in Gaza. Abbas is not less extreme than Hamas and here is upset because Israel killed a handful of terrorists and resumed building in Jerusalem. But give him a reichlet and he'll become a true man of peace.

 

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