Today’s suicide bombs followed by celebrations in Jenin

December 02, 2001


1. "Palestinians celebrate Haifa, Jerusalem suicide bombings" (Associated Press, Dec. 2, 2001)
2. "Fifteen dead in Haifa suicide bus bombing" (Jerusalem Post Internet Staff, Breaking News, Dec. 2, 2001)
3. "One dead in terror shooting near Elei Sinai" (Jerusalem Post Internet Staff, Breaking News, Dec. 2, 2001)


I attach news items below, detailing today's dramatic developments. This is a follow up to yesterday's dispatch titled Three Jerusalem bombs (December 1, 2001).

-- Tom Gross


Palestinians celebrate Haifa, Jerusalem suicide bombings
By Bassem Mroue
The Associated Press
December 2, 2001

Palestinian refugees fired machine guns into the air today to celebrate the killing of 26 Israelis in 12 hours, as a militant leader said the suicide bombings in Israel were "great achievements" and criticized US attempts to bring calm to the Middle East.

"These great achievements restore the spirit of victory and jihad to the people and the nation," said Ramadan Abdulah Shallah, leader of the Syrian-based militant Islamic Jihad group.

The wave of attacks including suicide bombings in Jerusalem and Haifa and a shooting in Gaza also wounded nearly 200. The Palestinian terrorist group Hamas claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Speaking to Lebanon Hizbullah's al-Manar Television, Shallah said Palestinians had the right to attack Israeli interests and did not need permission from US envoy Anthony Zinni or President George W. Bush to defend themselves.



Fifteen dead in Haifa suicide bus bombing
By The Jerusalem Post Internet Staff
Breaking News
December 2, 2001

Fifteen Israelis were killed when a suicide bomber blew himself up on Egged bus No. 16 in Haifa a short while ago.

At least 37 people were wounded in the terrorist attack.

Two of the victims are in very serious condition, six in serious condition, and 29 suffered light to moderate wounds, Israel Radio reported.

The bus driver, Shimon Kabessa, said the suicide bomber aroused his suspicion when he declined to accept change for his ticket.

"Before I could do anything, he blew himself up," he told Army Radio.

Kabessa suffered light to moderate wounds.

A second bus traveling behind the first was also damaged in the terrorist attack.

Hamas took responsibility for the attack.

The area is closed off as police search for another bomb thought to be hidden in the vicinity.



One dead in terror shooting near Elei Sinai
By The Jerusalem Post Internet Staff
Breaking News (08:50)
December 2, 2001

An Israeli motorist was shot dead and five others were wounded in a shooting attack between the communities of Nisanit and Elei Sinai in the northern Gaza Strip a short time ago.

The victim was driving a civilian jeep when two Palestinian gunmen opened fire on his vehicle.

He was from the center of the country.

The wounded are being transferred to Soroka Hospital in Beersheva.

[This was a follow-up article send out a day later -- Tom Gross]


Palestinians celebrate suicide bombings
By Mohammed Zaatari
Daily Star,
December 3, 2001

Several thousand Palestinians celebrated Sunday at the Ain al-Hilweh refugee camp near Sidon following the suicide-bomber attacks that killed 27 people in occupied Palestine over the weekend.

The camp awoke to the sound of prayers from mosques and cars honking in jubilation.

At least 27 people were killed and 220 others wounded, some seriously, in two attacks by suspected Palestinian extremists that occurred with hours of one another in Haifa and Jerusalem.

Wael Abdel-Ghani, a taxi driver, said such attacks gave Palestinians hope of returning to their homeland, adding: "The day will come when we will go back to Palestine."

Dozens of Palestinians gathered at the camp's market around a television set to watch the latest news of the attacks.

Mahmoud Ayoub, a store owner, described the attacks as "wonderful," adding: "We were happy to see dead (Israeli) bodies lying on the ground after weeks of seeing the dead bodies of our martyrs in Palestine."

Members of Al-Kifah Al-Musallah Palestinian faction gathered at their posts, reading newspapers. Abu Fida, who was carrying a machine gun, said: "Today, Israeli blood was shed instead of Palestinian blood."

Ahmad Dahsha, the owner of a video rental shop, said he had recorded the pictures of the attacks from the television, upon the demand of his customers.

Members of the Palestinian Nahda Football Club were chanting revolutionary songs.

The Mieh Mieh camp, overlooking Ain al-Hilweh, was marked by the same reaction.

Taher Yassin and Ahmad Salim Khatib sat outside the camp's mosque awaiting noon prayers. As Yassin carried a small radio to follow the news, Khatib said: "We can die today, we the elderly, and leave the matter of liberating Palestine to those heroes (the suicide-bombers)."

Meanwhile, Palestinians rejoiced by firing shots in the air on Saturday, at Beirut camps Sabra, Shatila and Bourj al-Barajneh.

Elsewhere, Hizbullah official Sayyed Hashem Safieddine praised the attacks of Palestinians "who proved that they are determined and capable of continuous confrontation, and will never retreat under US pressure and Zionist massacres."

Speaking at an iftar in Baalbek, Hashem said the weekend's attacks were the frank response to all US and Zionist schemes.

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