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Eight Killed in Terrorist Attack at Jerusalem Yeshiva
By Ha'aretz, WorldNetDaily.com, VOA News & IsraelNationalNews.com
Eight people were killed and six others wounded Thursday evening when a terrorist
infiltrated a Jerusalem yeshiva and opened fire. (Editor's Note: Related article "War
game scenario: How one rocket could start the next Middle East war" can be found on our
web site at http://:www.israelfaxx.com)
Three of the wounded in the attack at the Mercaz Harav yeshiva in the Kiryat Moshe
neighborhood were serious condition and taken to Hadassah Medical Center in Ein Karem. The
others were lightly hurt and taken to Sha'arei Tzedek Medical Center. One of the wounded
is 15 years old.
Jerusalem District police chief Aharon Franco said the terrorist entered the religious
school, pulled out an automatic weapon from his bag and began firing in all directions. An
Israel Defense Forces paratrooper who had his weapon with him engaged the terrorist in a
gun battle, and two police detectives who arrived on the scene also fired at the
assailant. The terrorist was killed in the incident.
An organization calling itself "Galilee Freedom Brigades - the Martyrs of Imad
Mughniyeh" took responsibility for the attack, according to Hizbullah's Al-Manar TV
station. The veracity of the claim was not clear. Hizbullah had vowed to avenge last
month's assassination of its terror chief, Imad Mughniyeh, in Damascus. The organization
blamed Israel for his death, but Israel denied any role in the killing.
While Israeli security sources could not immediately verify the claim, according to one
source speaking to WND from the scene of the bloody attack, the ID of an Israeli-Arab from
the Jerusalem neighborhood of Jable al-Mujabre was found inside the yeshiva.
Some media reports described the Freedom Brigades of the Galilee as an unknown group.
But the terrorist organization is well known to Israeli security forces, which believed
they cracked down on the organization two years ago. Based largely in northern Israel, the
Freedom Brigades, which says it consists entirely of Israeli Arabs, previously carried out
several shooting attacks in the Israeli north in 2004 and 2005, including the fatal
shooting of Israeli soldier Oleg Sheichig.
Security officials believe the group coordinated its attacks and the building of its
infrastructure with the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, the declared military wing of
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah organization.
Mughniyah led Hizbullah's "international terror branch," orchestrating attacks against
foreign targets, according to Israeli security officials. He was widely considered
Nasrallah's successor. Mughniyah was accused of helping to plan the 1983 Marine barracks
attack in which 300 were killed and also the bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Beirut the
same year, killing 63 people.
He was responsible for the 1985 hijacking of a TWA passenger jet and the murder of one
of its passengers, a soldier in the U.S. Navy. Mughniyah was indicted for the 1994 bombing
of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires killing 85 people. A warrant was issued for
his arrest for the 1992 bombing of the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires in which 29 people
died. Argentinean officials have publicly pointed a finger at Iran for aiding in those
Also, serving as commander of Islamic Jihad in the 1980s, Mughniyah was accused of
kidnapping dozens of Western hostages, including Americans, killing some of them, such as
the CIA's Middle East station chief.
According to foreign press reports, the Mossad reportedly tried to assassinate
Mughniyah in a complex operation in southern Beirut in the 1990s. Mughniyah reportedly
lived a secretive life, routinely switching between locations in Syria, Lebanon and Iran.
He is thought to have undergone multiple plastic surgeries and changed identities numerous
A large number of security and emergency medical personnel rushed to the scene of the
shooting, which took place in the crowded yeshiva library. Some 50 ambulances were also
summoned. "[The terrorist] fired 500-600 bullets," Michael, a student who was in the
yeshiva, told Israel's Channel 2 television. Michael, who would not give his last name,
said most of those injured and killed were teenagers.
Police and Israel Defense Forces troops searched the complex and the surrounding area
for nearly two hours in order to determine whether a second or possibly third terrorist
was still holed up inside the yeshiva or had fled. The evacuation of the dead and wounded
was delayed due to the searches.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas condemned the attack. However, a statement from the
ruling Hamas terrorist group in the Gaza Strip praised the attack, saying it would not be
the last. A spokesman for Israel's foreign ministry says the attack was designed to derail
peace talks, but that the talks would continue.
Mark Regev a spokesman for Prime Minister Ehud Olmert says terrorist attacks like the
one Thursday evening do not help the peace process. "As much as my country and my
government wants to move forward in peace with Palestinians, Hamas and the other
extremists are the greatest single problem in moving forward in peace," said Regev. "There
cannot be a peace process as long as people do not stand up and oppose this sort of
extremism, hatred and bloodshed."
The part-time yeshiva student who killed the terrorist, 40-year-old Yitzchak Dadon,
said that he shot the attacker in the head with his personal weapon. David Shapira, a
yeshiva graduate and officer in the paratroopers, heard the shots from his nearby home,
ran to the yeshiva and "finished [the terrorist] off." Asked by a reporter what weapon the
Palestinian Authority terrorist had, Dadon said, "A Kalachnikov," and turning to the
camera, he angrily added, "The Kalachnikov that you gave him, President Peres.."
In Gaza City, Arab residents went out into the streets and fired rifles in the air in
celebration of the attack against the Jews of Jerusalem. Police forces have been increased
throughout the capital and placed on heightened alert around the country.
Thursday's attack appeared to be carefully targeted. The yeshiva is closely linked with
the Jewish settler movement in the West Bank, and many settler leaders have studied there.
Witnesses say many of the students at the seminary are on active military duty and are
armed, and that the attacker was killed by such a student, possibly saving the lives of
While Abbas was quick to condemn the deadly shooting massacre, news websites affiliated
with Abbas' Fatah organization labeled the attack heroic. "In a heroic act of martyrdom,
at least one hero infiltrated a Zionist school in occupied Jerusalem," stated the
beginning of a news dispatch on Fatah's Firas Press website translated by WND.
"President Mahmoud Abbas condemns the attack in Jerusalem that claimed the lives of
many Israelis, and he reiterated his condemnation of all attacks that target civilians,
whether they are Palestinians or Israelis," chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat told
Meanwhile, the Fatah-affiliated news websites were brimming with congratulatory nods to
Fatah's Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades for the attack, even though the Brigades did not claim
responsibility for the mass shooting. Most talkbacks were signed by Palestinians in the
West Bank. Talkbacks on PalPress included: "Kol Hakavod" - Hebrew for "More honor to you."
"We bless you for the attacks."; "Allah is great."; "The Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades are the
heroes."; "Allah bless the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades.";" We strengthen Al Aqsa and we ask
them for more."
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