August 21, 2003

Palestinian Diplomacy


CNN reports: Israel shocked at child toll of Jerusalem bus bombing.

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 suicide bombing by a Palestinian militant who blew himself up on a Jerusalem bus. Forty children were among more than 100 people injured. [...]

"You have to remember the target of the attack, a moving bus bringing families who had been praying at the Western Wall," 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 suicide bomber who saw them," Gold said.

The Islamic militant group Hamas identified the attacker as a 29-year-old mosque preacher and father of two young children, ages two and three, from the West Bank city of Hebron.

FoxNews reports: Five Americans Among Dead in Bus Blast.

The American victims of Tuesday's blast included Mordechai Reinitz, 47, and his son, Yitzhak, 18. They were residents of the Israeli coastal town of Netanya and had dual Israeli-American citizenship, said the embassy spokesman, Paul Patin. [...]

Two other American victims were Goldie Taubenfeld, 43, and her 5-month-old son, Shmuel, who were visiting from New Square, N.Y., Patin said. [...]

The fifth victim was identified as Tihilla Nathanson, 3, from Monsey, N.Y.

Posted by Forkum at August 21, 2003 12:19 AM