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Bomb Attack Against Quebec Synagogue
A Quebec synagogue was targeted in a predawn attack Sunday morning.
The explosive device caused damage to the entrance and windows but
there were no injuries. The synagogue was vacant at the time of the
explosion. Authorities have taken a suspect into custody.
Suicide Bombing in Israel Kills Three
By VOA News & IsraeliWire.com News
A new suicide bombing in the Israeli coastal city of Netanya has
killed three people, including the bomber. At least 50 others were
wounded -- six of them seriously. Police said one of two bodies
found at the scene was that of the bomber, who set off the
explosives at a fruit and vegetable market. Reports quoted
eyewitnesses as saying the bomber arrived in a taxi wearing an
Israeli army uniform.
Eyewitnesses said it was fortunate that the market was not crowded
at the start of the Israeli work week, or the number of casualties
could have been much higher.
"It was a powerful explosion," Yamin Yaakov, an injured worker at
the market, told Army Radio. "I saw lots of things flying in the
air, and blood." Police said they received a warning that a bomber
was in the area about an hour before the blast, but it was too
Two militant Palestinian groups, Hamas and the Popular Front for
the Liberation of Palestine, claimed responsibility for the
bombing. The Palestinian Authority has issued a statement
condemning the terrorist attack. Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat
condemned attacks against all Israeli and Palestinian civilians in
an interview on Italian television Sunday.
As in the past, the Israeli government said the Palestinian
Authority bears responsibility for the attack. In Washington,
National Security Advisor Condoleeza Rice deplored the latest
bombing. She said no one expects 100 percent results from Arafat in
halting such attacks, but she said Washington does expect 100
percent effort. Rice said greater pressure needs to be placed on
state sponsors of terrorism such as Iraq, Iran and Syria. Iraq has
offered $25,000 to the families of suicide bombers.
Netanya was also the scene of a bombing in March which killed 29
people at a Passover service, sparking Israel's recently-concluded
offensive in the nearby West Bank.
The bombing came hours after Foreign Minister Shimon Peres outlined
a peace plan calling for the establishment of a Palestinian state
in territory already under Palestinian control. The state would
come about immediately after the centralization of Palestinian
security forces under one command-in other words, ending the
activities of militia and terrorist groups. But the plan got a cool
reception all around.
Sources in Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's office said the offer of
Palestinian statehood was "premature." Palestinian officials said
the state Peres is offering would amount to "cantons" surrounded by
the Israeli army. They said the only game in town is the Saudi
peace initiative, which calls for Israel to withdraw to the 1967
A Sharon spokesman said that the attack shows that the Palestinian
terrorism campaign against the Jewish State is far from over. Two
weeks ago, Israel planned a new offensive against the Gaza Strip
after 15 Israelis were killed in a suicide bombing in Rishon
L'Tzion, near Tel Aviv. The operation was called off in the face of
Hamas May Stop Attacks on Israeli Civilians
By VOA News
The leader of the militant Hamas group said his organization will
stop attacking Israeli civilians - if Israel will halt attacks on
In a statement published Saturday by Saudi newspaper Al Jazira,
Sheikh Ahmed Yassin insisted Hamas' attacks on Israeli civilians
were in response to the death of Palestinian civilians. He said the
attacks would end if Israel stopped targeting Palestinians.
However, Yassin said he regretted a statement by Palestinian leader
Yasir Arafat describing the May 7 Palestinian suicide bombing near
Tel Aviv as terrorism. That bombing killed 16 Israelis.
The sheikh's comments came two days after a Palestinian official
said Hamas had told Saudi Arabia it was willing to halt suicide
bombings on Israeli territory. A Hamas official later denied the
NYPD Undergoing Israeli Training to Combat Suicide Attacks
Some of New York City's finest are currently in Israel, undergoing
training in the prevention and dealing with suicide bombing
According to NYC Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, Israel invited
members of the force to participate in an exclusive symposium to
assist members of the N.Y. police in dealing with the suicide
bombing threat. Experts in Israel, including military, police and
personnel from other agencies are training investigators.
Five members of the NYPD counter-terrorism and intelligence bureaus
arrived in Israel last week and on Friday, began the one-week
training program. Kelly explained that the department at this stage
is focusing on the intelligence aspect of fighting the attacks, and
the participants in the program will train other members of the
force upon their return.
European Rabbis Seeking Sabbath Security Solutions
Leading rabbis of European Jewish communities are contacting
experts and rabbinical authorities in Israel, seeking solutions to
meet security needs that are acceptable for Sabbath operation.
As a result of the continuing rise in anti-Semitism across Europe,
accompanied by the attacks against synagogues and Jewish
institutions, rabbis are seeking solutions from the Israeli experts
who are experienced in providing solutions that conform with the
stringent Sabbath laws while taking the security situation into
Among the items being discussed is the installation of electronic
alarms, door openers and other devices in synagogues that are
permissible for use on the Sabbath and holidays.
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