‘Al Aqsa Martyr’s’ Vermin Blows up Bakery in Eilat, Kills 3

It’s taken them months to do it (and dozens of failed attempts), but the Palestinians managed to sneak another mass murderer into Israel today to attack civilians:

Suicide bomber kills 3 in Israel’s Eilat.


By Rami Amichai

EILAT, Israel (Reuters) – A Palestinian suicide bomber killed three people in a bakery in the Red Sea resort of Eilat, one of Israel’s most popular holiday spots, in the first such attack in the Jewish state in nine months, police said.

Islamic Jihad, al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades and the previously unknown “Army of Believers” claimed joint responsibility for the bombing.

The attack — the first time Eilat has been hit by a suicide bombing — came four days before the so-called Quartet of Middle East peace negotiators was to meet in Washington as part of a renewed effort to revive Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking.

Islamic Jihad and the Aqsa brigades said the bombing was a response to Israeli “attempts to defile al-Aqsa mosque” in Jerusalem, a reference to recent archaeological excavations. Israeli officials said the work had not damaged the shrine.

The blast tore through the “Lechamim” bakery in a residential neighbourhood far from a strip of beach hotels. Loaves of bread, still on trays, lay on the blood-stained pavement outside.

“I saw a man with a black coat and a bag. For Eilat, where it is hot, it is strange to see someone walking with a coat. I said to myself, ‘Why is this idiot dressed that way?’ Seconds later, I heard a huge blast. The building shook,” Benny Mazgini, a local resident, told Israel Radio.

The identities of the victims were not released.

Update here:

The Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades is, of course, another name for Fatah—the party of so-called “moderate” Mahmoud Abbas.

The “moderate” who just received $100 million from Israel, and more than $80 million from the United States.

UPDATE at 1/29/07 8:49:47 am:

Here’s the gloating announcement of responsibility from Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, translated by Google: Translated version of http://www.kataebaqsa1.com/…. (Hat tip: Tom Gross.)

Notice the photo of Yasser Arafat next to it.


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  1. A letter from Ami Iseroff:

    We have had another lesson in Palestinian Arabic. Once again we have been taught the meaning of Hudna (truce).

    The murder of three Israelis in Eilat by a Palestinian suicide bomber will cause hardly a stir in world capitals. The UN Human Rights Council will not condemn anyone for it, except possibly Israel, nor will angry and righteous young ladies write about “genocide” plans and ethnic cleansing programs of the Palestinian reactionary imperialist warmongers in American journals and online media such as Counterpunch. No former U.S. Presidents will write books entitled “Palestine: Peace not Apartheid” condemning the evil, land greedy and violent benighted fanatics who perpetrated this act.

    The deed was nonetheless committed by the Islamic Jihad, a reactionary organization, acting on behalf of their reactionary imperialist paymasters the Tehran, in order to foment war. The deed was committed during the “truce” between the Palestinians and Israel, and applauded by the reactionary Hamas movement, which is in charge of Palestinian affairs:
    Fawzi Barhoum called the attack a “natural response” to Israeli military policies in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, as well as its ongoing boycott of the Hamas-led Palestinian government. “So long as there is occupation, resistance is legitimate,” he said.

    Of course, if you press him, Mr. Barhoum would tell you that Eilat, like Tel Aviv and Haifa, is part of “occupied Palestine” in his view. The fact that the Palestinians undertook to honor a truce, a “Hudna,” means nothing to him. Tomorrow he, or similar apologists, will be asking for more Hudna. Barhoum did not even try to resort to the facile and obvious defense, that the act was committed by a rival organization. We will be told that if Israel will only withdraw to the 1967 borders, there will be a Hudna. A Hudna just like this one. For no sooner will Israel withdraw, then the bombs will start exploding, and the spokesman will again be explaining, “So long as there is occupation, resistance is legitimate.” As this year is the fortieth anniversary of the Six Day War, it is well to remember that in the first months of 1967 there were over 120 terror incidents. Israel did not occupy a single millimeter of Gaza or the West Bank. Israel does not occupy any of the Gaza Strip now either. Indeed the Islamic Jihad were more frank than their Hamas counterparts. They announced that the murder:

    “underscores the Palestinian resistance’s intention to pursue Jihad (holy war) until all Palestinian lands are liberated.”

    Jihad, one is told, is an inner spiritual struggle, but that is apparently not the sort of Jihad that these progressive luminaries of the Islamic Jihad have in mind.

    When they are done “liberating” Palestine, what then? Will the terror groups who now rule Palestinian society go on to create a model society there, like the one they are creating in Gaza, where rival gangs shoot at each other and little children, and people go hungry while aid funds are used to purchase more weapons?

    When you think about Mr. Carter’s book, about the mythical “Israel Lobby” that stifles criticism of Israel, about the “genocide” supposedly being perpetrated by Israel, about the “Hudna” offered by the Palestinians, remember today. Remember this bombing.

    Sometimes a single act, a single fact, can shine the correct light on what seemed to be a complex moral dilemma, and make it simple and crystal clear. Does it take the light of an exploding suicide bomber to show us the simple truth?

    Ami Isseroff

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