ARAFAT CALLS ON HIS PEOPLE "TO SACRIFICE THEMSELVES AS MARTYRS"
[Note by Tom Gross]
Here is a news update on the latest terror attack in Israel tonight. This one was in Jerusalem, on Cafe Moment in the Rehavia district. It is a cafe that I have often frequented, as have many of my friends and colleagues.
At the precise moment that the earlier terror attack this evening, in Netanya, was being perpetrated (see the second tem in this dispatch below) Yasser Arafat was delivering an impassioned speech from Ramallah on official Palestinian Authority TV in which he called on his people to "sacrifice themselves as martyrs in a Jihad (Holy War) for Palestine."
A suicide bomber carrying a powerful explosive device blew himself up in the Moment cafe in Jerusalem's Rehavia neighborhood some 20 minutes ago, killing at least 11 and wounding 54.
One additional person has so far died on arrival in hospital.
The cafe, located on the corner of Aza and Ben-Maimon streets, is less than 100 meters from the residence of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who was not at home at the time. The popular cafe was packed with diners when the explosion occurred.
"There was a huge explosion, simply atomic," said one of the cafe's patrons, who only gave his first name, Eran. "There was smoke everywhere and an acrid smell of gunpowder. People were screaming. I've never seen anything like it in my life."
Security forces have sealed off the area and are searching it for possible other explosive devices.
All the casualties have been taken to city hospitals.
In a statement to news agencies, an off-shoot of Yasser Arafat's Fatah faction claimed responsibility for both the Jerusalem attack and the earlier rampage in a Netanya hotel.
In addition to today's attacks, 39 Palestinians, almost all of them armed gunmen, one Israel soldier, and five unarmed Israeli teenagers have been killed in the last two days.
TERRORIST GUNMEN FIRE AND THROW GRENADES IN NETANYA
Terrorist gunmen kill 2, wound 50 in Netanya
The Associated Press
Breaking News (Saturday, 20:50)
Two terrorist gunmen opened fire and threw grenades some 20 minutes ago in the hotel district of Netanya, killing a woman and a man and wounding 50 people.
A border policeman killed the gunmen.
Six of the victims were seriously wounded, four moderately wounded, and the remainder lightly hurt. They were taken to Hillel Yaffe and Laniado hospitals.
The attack occurred at a hotel on Rehov Gad Mahnes, overlooking the sea, which was filled with pedestrians.
Security forces have sealed off all approaches to Netanya and are conducted searches for possible additional terrorists.