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    Jewish terrorist kills 4 on Shfaram bus

    By MATTHEW GUTTMAN, YAAKOV KATZ AND JPOST STAFF

    In what police are calling an incident of Jewish terrorism, a Jewish man dressed in IDF uniform opened fire on a bus in the northern town of Shfaram Thursday evening, killing at least 4 people and wounding nearly a dozen more.

    The shooter, Eden Tzuberi, 19, was also killed when he was assaulted by a mob of furious bystanders and witnesses. A crowd of thousands gathered around the site of the attack and surrounded the bus, where the attacker's body still lay until police removed it nearly five hours after the incident.

    During the rescue of the body, several policemen were wounded moderately to lightly from objects thrown at them by Shfaram residents.

    The highest coordinating council of Israeli Arabs declared a general strike tomorrow in the Arab sector throughout Israel, and announced that a mass demonstration in Nazareth would be held to protest the murder of Arab citizens in Shfaram. The council met Thursday night to discuss additional responses.

    Hundreds of police were dispatched to the northern "triangle" area to deal with any possible Arab rioting on Friday.

    Some forces were delayed in arriving on the scene owing to the large numbers mobilized over the past few days in and around Ofakim to guard against the infiltration of anti-pullout activists into Gaza.

    Former OC Southern Command Maj.-Gen. (Res.) Yom-Tov Samiyah said the shooting attack should not be isolated from the pending disengagement. He linked the attack to attempts by radicals to target different sectors of the public to divert security forces from the evacuation of settlements.

    The attacker was a resident of the West Bank settlement of Tapuah and was well known to police for his extremist views. He was a member of the outlawed ultra-Right-wing Kahane Chai party. An IDF soldier, Tzuberi had been tried in the past for refusing orders linked to the disengagment plan, and had been reported AWOL from the IDF 77 days ago - still in possession of his army-issued firearm. During his short army career he served time in military prison on two occasions.

    Sources in the Shin Bet said that they had received no warning of plans by Jewish extremists to attack Israeli Arabs. Far-right activists told The Jerusalem Post that they had seen the shooter at anti-disengagement events.

    Ikutiel Ben Yaacov, the founder of the far-right Jewish Legion group based in the West Bank settlement of Tapuah, shared police suspicions that such an attack might be aimed at disrupting Israel's plan to withdraw from the Gaza Strip.

    "We hope that Tzuberi's death will not have been in vain," said Ben Yaacov, and added that "his murder will derail this sadistic disengagement plan."

    Furious mob surrounds bus

    A furious mob of the neighborhood's residents stormed the bus in order to neutralize the shooter, trapping him inside and eventually killing him. Police forces gathered inside and near the bus to guard Tzuberi's body from the mob, but owing to the crowds, could not evacuate it from the bus until much later.

    As darkness fell, residents of other towns joined the angered crowds while police worked to maintain calm.

    An enraged witness to the incident said, "If this attack had occurred in a Jewish neighborhood and the attacker was Arab, he would have been killed immediately. The police came and they didn't do anything!" he said. "The police didn't even shoot the attacker – they were holding him alive in the bus."

    Hadash MK Muhammad Barakei, who had joined the mobs in Shfaram, blamed the attack on what he said was a campaign of incitement by Jews against Arabs. "This is not the act of a single individual extremist," Barakei said. "It comes from a culture of incitement."

    The attack: Tzuberi opens fire on bus 165

    Tzuberi opened fire on bus 165 from Haifa to Shfaram as the vehicle reached the town's Druse neighborhood.

    Shfaram is a mixed village made up of roughly 50 percent Sunni Muslims as well as Druse and Christians.

    Among the victims were two adolescent girls and the driver of the bus. The shooter also directed his fire outside the bus, and the casualties included pedestrians and bystanders.

    Sixteen victims wounded in the shooting were evacuated to Rambam Hospital in Haifa, Carmel Hospital and Bnei Zion Hospital. All were in light to moderate condition, ZAKA officials reported.

    The six Magen David Adom ambulances that answered the alert had difficulty reaching the scene of the incident to evacuate additional victims because of the crowds that had gathered at the site.

    Margot Dudkevitch has contributed to this report.

    Source - Jerusalem Post:
    http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satelli...934718&apage=1

    I, as well as the vast majority of the Israelis, seek ways this day to express our anger and disgrace in face of this horrible Jewish terror attack over Israeli citizens, which is just as terrible as any Arab terror attack.

    This man, borned and raised in Israel, is a part of a small insane group with the goal of murder under the cover of Judaism. I am personally secular, but as a Jew I say - these people have no right to call themself Jews. They have broken one extremely important law that according to the bible was written by the very same God which they believe they worship - YOU SHALL NOT MURDER.

    It is under the responsibility of the Israeli society to denunciate this group, and make sure they won't be able to harm a single human being anymore.
    It is what we expect the Palestinians to do - and that is exactly what we must do as well.

    My heart and thoughts are with the families of the casualties.
    Last edited by Erez; 5th August 2005 at 00:00.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Erez
    I, as well as the vast majority of the Israelis, seek ways this day to express our anger and disgrace in face of this horrible Jewish terror attack over Israeli citizens, which is just as terrible as any Arab terror attack.

    This man, borned and raised in Israel, is a part of a small insane group with the goal of murder under the cover of Judaism. I am personally secular, but as a Jew I say - these people have no right to call themself Jews. They have broken one extremely important law that according to the bible was written by the very same God which they believe they worship - YOU SHALL NOT MURDER.

    It is under the responsibility of the Israeli society to denunciate this group, and make sure they won't be able to harm a single human being anymore.
    It is what we expect the Palestinians to do - and that is exactly what we must do as well.

    My heart and thoughts are with the families of the casualties.
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