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Friday, Aug. 22, 2003 at 11:50 AM
The time to annihilate these filthy savages is long past due. Destroy "palestine"
JERUSALEM — Strollers were scattered near the stricken bus, medics carried away children with blood-smeared faces and a baby girl died in a hospital before doctors could find her parents.
At least five children were among the 18 dead in Tuesday's homicide bombing by a Palestinian militant who blew himself up on a Jerusalem (search) bus. Forty children were among more than 100 people injured.
The attack was the 100th Palestinian homicide bombing against Israelis since the latest round of fighting began in September 2000. The youth of the victims stands out in that grim list, and the government said the choice of target was particularly cold-blooded.
"You have to remember the target of the attack, a moving bus bringing families who had been praying at the Western Wall (search)," said Dore Gold, a spokesman for the Israeli government.
"It is important for people to understand that the children who died and were injured were specifically targeted by the homicide bomber who saw them," Gold said.
The Islamic militant group Hamas identified the attacker as Raed Mesk, a 29-year-old mosque preacher and father of two young children, ages two and three, from the West Bank (search) city of Hebron.
On Tuesday evening, he boarded the double-length No. 2 bus, which had started out at the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest shrine, and was headed to an ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighborhood of Har Nof. The bomber struck as the bus drove along a major thoroughfare in central Jerusalem.
Several crying children with tattered clothes and blood-smeared faces were led away from the scene. One paramedic cradled a little girl in his arms, while television pictures showed doctors leaning over a bloodied infant in an ambulance.
Shlomi Arush, a 19-year-old Israeli who was about 30 yards from the bus when the bomb went off, said many children were left lying on the ground while others fled the scene.
"One boy ran up to a man getting a heart massage. I assume it was his father," Arush said.
Witnesses said the blast blew out the windows of a second bus traveling in front of the bombed vehicle, injuring at least two girls. Another report said that among the passengers were members of a family who had celebrated a Bar Mitzvah, the Jewish rite of passage into adulthood for boys, at the wall.
"About half of the 41 injured who came to our hospital were children," Professor Yonatan Levy, director of the Shaarei Tzedek hospital, told Channel One television.
He said the two most seriously injured were a girl with a head injury and an 8-month-old baby girl on a respirator whose parents could not be found. Israel Army Radio said the baby later died.
"There are at least two families where three family members were injured, mostly lightly, and they are lying next to each other in the emergency room," he said.
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|World Must respond to Israeli Atrocities!
||Friday, Aug. 22, 2003 at 1:20 PM
|You always know when you smashed the left...
||Friday, Aug. 22, 2003 at 1:29 PM
|Let me put this in the simplest possible terms...
||Friday, Aug. 22, 2003 at 5:26 PM
|Arabs are subhuman?
||Friday, Aug. 22, 2003 at 7:33 PM
||Saturday, Aug. 23, 2003 at 1:41 AM
||Saturday, Aug. 23, 2003 at 3:56 AM
|Absolutely Goddamn Right
||Saturday, Aug. 23, 2003 at 11:32 AM
|You're late to the fray...
||Saturday, Aug. 23, 2003 at 12:07 PM
|Blame The Hebrews!!
||they did it
||Saturday, Aug. 23, 2003 at 12:19 PM
||Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2003 at 5:39 PM
|good one popeye^
||Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2003 at 10:38 PM
|Uh, kfc, let me help you
||Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2003 at 11:21 PM
||Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2003 at 11:28 PM
||Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2003 at 12:27 AM
||Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2003 at 12:36 AM
||Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2003 at 1:22 AM
|Right on kfc
||Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2003 at 2:19 AM
||Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2003 at 7:51 AM
|what about Indonesia?
||Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2003 at 7:56 AM
||Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2003 at 8:01 AM
|we are scum of the Earth
||A concerned anti-zionist
||Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2003 at 12:27 PM
|Zionists are Nazis
||Zionists are Nazis
||Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2003 at 12:45 PM
|Today's history revision...
||Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2003 at 1:06 PM
|On the other hand...
||Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2003 at 2:46 PM
|Zionists are Nazis
||Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2003 at 11:50 PM
||Thursday, Aug. 28, 2003 at 10:07 AM
|therefore all Anti-zionists are nazis
||ALL nazis are Anti-zionists
||Thursday, Aug. 28, 2003 at 1:13 PM
||Rational Normal Person
||Thursday, Aug. 28, 2003 at 1:19 PM
|u put yer words in my mouth
||ALL nazis are anti-zionists
||Friday, Aug. 29, 2003 at 12:22 PM
||Friday, Aug. 29, 2003 at 2:02 PM
||Friday, Aug. 29, 2003 at 5:42 PM
|He's an older guy. Nice guy, kinda heavy.
||Friday, Aug. 29, 2003 at 5:47 PM
|i'm full of shit
||Saturday, Aug. 30, 2003 at 3:11 PM
||Saturday, Aug. 30, 2003 at 8:45 PM
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