Palestinian homicide/suicide bomber kills Israeli grandmother and infant granddaughter

Ha'aretz ( reports that another Palestinian homicide/suicide bomber has blown himself in front of a coffee shop, this time killing two and injuring over 50.

"A grandmother and her 18-month-old granddaughter were killed Monday evening, when a Palestinian suicide bomber blew himself up at the entrance to the Bravisimo cafe, at a commercial center in Petah Tikva.

The Al Aqsa Martys Brigade, the military wing of Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat's Fatah party, claimed responsibility for the attack in the city, which is located 10 kilometers east of Tel Aviv. The Palestinian Authority condemned the attack."

Last night Israeli TV (Channel 1) reported that the Islamic Jihad, the Hamas and Arafat's terrorist groups, such as the Al-Aqsa Martyr's brigade, are sending in a new wave of homicide/suicide bombers. Their goal is to prove that Operation Defensive Shield did not work, and that Israel should give up fighting Palestinian terrorism.

Israli TV also mentioned that over 90% of all Palestinian homicide/suicide attacks are being stopped, and it is much harder for these murderers to execute their plans of destruction. The main leaders of the above terrorist groups have been arrested and this indicates that Operation Defensive Shield is working.

I copy the full article below.

Two people killed in Petah Tikva suicide attack

70-year-old grandmother and her 18-month-old granddaughter were killed Monday evening, when a Palestinian suicide bomber blew himself up at the entrance to the Bravisimo cafe, at a commercial center in Petah Tikva.

The Al Aqsa Martys Brigade, the military wing of Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat's Fatah party, claimed responsibility for the attack in the city, which is located 10 kilometers east of Tel Aviv. The Palestinian Authority condemned the attack.

Government sources in Jerusalem said that the Israeli response to this latest attack would be in accordance with the guidelines already agreed on by the cabinet.

The two fatalities - an elderly woman and an 18-month-old infant - died of their wounds in Beilinson hospital in Petah Tikva. A total of 53 people were treated for their wounds, three of whom - including a three-year-old - were said to be in serious condition.

The explosion ripped through the Em Hamoshavot commercial center, on Gissin Street, at around 6:40 P.M. The perpetrator apparently tried to enter a supermarket in the center, but was deterred by the presence of a security guard.

Among the injured were many children, who were inside the coffee shop and a nearby ice-cream parlor. Six children were being treated at the Schneider Medical Center in Petah Tikva.

Petah Tikva mayor Yitzhak Ohayoun said that despite many warnings of terror attacks in his city, this is the first such attack in Petah Tikva. He added that the bomber arrived at the scene in a yellow Subaru car, and then blew himself up outside the coffee shop.

Balata residents say attack in revenge for Titi assassination
Residents of the Balata refugee camp, near the West Bank town of Nablus, said that the bomber was Jihad Titi, brother of Mohammed Titi, who was killed in an IDF operation last Friday. There has been no official Palestinian confirmation of the identity of the suicide bomber, although residents of the refugee camp told Ha'aretz that Fatah activists in the camp had claimed that "revenge was imminent."

Israel blamed Yasser Arafat for the suicide attack, accusing the Palestinian leader of "talking about reform but doing nothing against terrorism."

"Yasser Arafat is the chairman of the Palestinian Authority and is directly responsible for the inaction of his security services. He talks about reform but does nothing against terrorism," said a high-ranking official from Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's office.

"If Arafat is incapable of stopping terrorist attacks, most of which are perpetrated by militants from his own Fatah movement, then let him resign and give his place to someone else," said the official on condition of anonymity.

Dore Gold, an adviser to the prime minister, denounced the "continuing terrorist attacks" against Israeli civilians. "This is intolerable and something Israel will have to address," Gold said, declining to say how Israel might respond.

Foreign Minister Shimon Peres said, "We have to do whatever possible to beat these things, by military means and also by political means."

Earlier Monday, Defense Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer warned that there are daily attempts by Palestinians to send suicide attackers into Israel, but most of them are foiled by Israeli forces. Ben-Eliezer warned Sunday that Israel was again facing a "wave" of suicide bombers.

David Baker, an official in the Prime Minister's office said, "Palestinian terror continues to strike out at Israeli women and children." He said Israel would use "all the resources at its disposal" to stop terror attacks.

Emergency numbers:
Beilinson Hospital: 1255-134
Sheba Hospital, Tel Hashomer: 1255-131
Petah Tikva Municipality: 1255-082-106

Inside Israel: No area code necessary
Overseas callers: Dial Israel's country code (+972)

Police avert Jerusalem bombing
Jerusalem police said that a "major disaster was averted" Monday when an explosives device was found at the entrance to a residential building in Jerusalem.

A police sapper neutralized the device. No injuries were caused.

The device was discovered by a gardener in the grounds of the building, at the corner of Sderot Eshkol and Mishmar Hagvul streets in the French Hill area of the capital.

The gardener informed the police and a large number of security forces soon arrived at the scene.

An inspection of the scene revealed that the device had been concealed in a 5-liter metal container.

Jerusalem police sources said that they had received several warnings of planned attacks in the city. Most of the warnings had been about suicide bombers, rather than explosive devices, which have not been discovered in Jerusalem for several months.

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I just found a follow up article on the murder of Ruth Peled and her granddaughter. I copy it below:

'Booboo, your grandchild, is with you'
By TOVAH LAZAROFF - May. 29, 2002

Only the strong arms of family members held Hen Keinan back from jumping into the open grave yesterday along with her mother, Ruth Peled 56, and daughter, Sinai 15 months, both of whom were killed during a suicide bomb attack while ordering ice cream Monday evening outside a mall in Petah Tikva.

Wounded in the attack, Hen and her husband Lior came to the double funeral yesterday in Kibbutz Shefayim in wheelchairs. Hen's arms and Leor's face were bruised and cut. The young couple sat hugging each other.

Hen wrapped her arms around Sinai's small coffin and put her face down on its black cloth, next to a bouquet of white and red roses.

"I would need 30 years to write about my mother. It was 30 years of love, friendship and happiness. Not every mother is also a friend," Hen said.

To her daughter, Sinai, she said, "You were charming, filled with laughter and beauty. We are left behind, not wanting to believe that you are gone."

Peled's husband, Natan, Sinai's grandfather, said, "I stand here before my friends and family trying to do the impossible, to part forever from two souls I dearly love, Ruti and Sinai, Sinai and Ruti. In one terrible second, with their death I was catapulted onto the center of a stage, in a role I never sought, in a drama I never imagined myself participating in," said Natan Peled.

After his wife's death a reporter interviewing him asked, 'What was her occupation?'

"I didn't know what to say," he said. How is it possible to describe in a word or two the wonderful women who was at the heart of the family, Peled added. She was there in good times and bad.

"Ruti, four generations stand here, your mother, your husband, your brother, your children and your grandchildren. Only one is missing, Sinai, 'Booboo,' your grandchild, she is with you."

He paused here, as he and many other burst into tears. Many mourners repeated her nickname, "Booboo."

"In eight days you would have been one year and three-months old," he said. "And your picture is already set in the television's black frame."

Speaking at the funeral, a friend of Ruth Peled's said, "Ruti, we didn't have time to finish our conversation that we had on Saturday night. It didn't matter because with you I always felt that there was always going to be another one, we would talk tomorrow, particularly about our children. You were the optimist, you gave us so much strength. Suddenly you left us, in a place and time we never imagined, while you were busy enjoying your family. "

"We want you to know you had a very successful life," the friend said.

One mourner cried out, "Why, why, Ruti? It hurts, God, what have you done to me?"

In the hospital before the funeral, the parents showed Channel 2 pictures of their daughter. In one she was smiling and crawling up the stairs, in another, she and her mother had their arms around each other. They said they tried hard not to go out too much, but thought it would be all right to walk around in the neighborhood.

"I was showing her how to drink soda, she wasn't used to it," Lior said.

He remembered "looking at Sinai in the carriage, then she and Ruti were lying on the ground. These are things that I will never forget, ever."

Hen said that any nation which harbors baby-killers in their midst that would do something like this does not have the right to exist.

Posted by: David Melle at May 29, 2002 05:59 PM

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