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Friday, March 25, 2011

Bus Bomb Blitz!!!

While seated in a hospital waiting area this morning I had a 'chat' with a kind old lady who brushed off Wednesday's Bus Bomb in Jerusalem with "Oh! it wasn't serious".   I wonder how many people in the West think that??

The bomb, left in a suitcase near a bus stop, killed Mary Jean Gardner,  55,  the only person to die in the attack which left up to 50 others wounded.   What makes Ms. Gardner a little different to most of the 'usual' victims is that she wasn't an Israeli lady,  in fact she wasn't Jewish either.  Ms Gardner, was a Scottish lady, a Bible translator, who came to Israel at the beginning of this year to study Hebrew and took courses at Hebrew University. 

 She had come to Israel to hone her Hebrew skills before embarking on a translation of her bible into 'Life', one of the languages spoken in Togo, West Africa.  Ms Gardner, who is thought to have been born in Africa herself, and whose parents are from the Grampian area of Scotland,  had been staying and studying at the Homes for Bible Translators near Mevaseret Zion, close to Jerusalem, where she had been living with other students in a log cabin. Mrs Ronning from her accomodation,  said students were taken from and to the Hebrew University by bus every day for their own security, but that Ms Gardner had a day off and had gone into town to meet an Irish friend who had just arrived in the city with a tour group. Ms Gardner was heading to a restaurant to meet her friend and happened to be passing the bus stop on foot when the bomb exploded.

"She was very excited to be seeing her friend from Ireland,"
said Mrs Ronning,   "That friend is now broken hearted. She blames herself, saying if she had not come to Israel, she would still be alive. The shock of the evil behind the killing of civilians for the sake of killing is hard to take."   

Yes, it is hard to take.  Yet, It is only when non Jewish or Israeli citizens are involved that it hits home & the world seems to care.  The Fogel Family massacred two weeks ago were ignored by the media.  This foreign lady is not!

Ms Gardner's death comes nine years after another Scot, Glasgow-born teenager Yoni Jesner was killed in a Tel Aviv suicide bomb, carried out by Hamas.


Likud MK Miri Regev said that, "Israel must prepare for a second Operation Cast Lead and not allow the terror to continue out of control. Homes of the terrorists and those who sent them should be destroyed because terrorists' conditions in ...prison are too good."

Meretz faction chairman MK Ilan Gilon said that, "The terror attack in Jerusalem is a despicable act that awakens difficult memories. Israel cannot accept the renewal of terror in its cities and the murder of civilians. The terrorists must understand that the Israeli refusal to live with terror and the recognition that there is no choice but to strike back against it ..."

After davening and fasting for three days as in the Purim story, the Jews had to don armament and weapons and go out to defeat the Jew-haters of Shushan and the 127 provinces of King Achashverosh.  We had to crush and annihilate these evil people who wanted to kill Jews, from babies to the very old, just because they were Jews. With foes like those who planted this latest bus bomb, THERE IS NO DIPLOMATIC SOLUTION!!

We face today enemies just as vile and ruthless as the ancient enemy facec by Queen Esther. We saw the Nazis come and defile, maim, and murder. They went on a mission to destory, to slay, and to exterminate all Jews, young and old, children, women, and babies. Today it is Muslem terrorists and Muslem armies.   We have tried diplomacy for 60 years, with no rest from their perpetrations against us.  Just as Hitler could not be stopped diplomatically, our enemies today cannot be stopped diplomatically.  Our enemies see 'peace talks' when they war against us as weakness on the part of the West and Israel. It is part of their 'piece' plan ... not 'peace' plan!   Evil such as this must be crushed. They have tasted too much blood, too much Jew blood,  & they must be put down mercilessly.  There is no diplomatic solution & Torah tells us clearly what to do to survive this scenario!   We MUST do as Torah suggests & FIGHT to WIN. CRUSH & DESTROY our FOES.  That is our protection & Ha'Shem's instruction for victory and for Life!!!

"Never will the throne of G-d ~ the Lord of Truth, Justice, and Love ~ be fully established until the seed of Amalek ~ the principle of hatred and wrongdoing ~ be destroyed forever (Pesiḳ., l.c., and Targ. Yer. I. and II. to Ex. l.c.).   
Henceforth "Amalek" became the popular term for Jew-hater.  (JewishEncyclopedia.com)

 Other Bus Bombings in Eretz Yisrael since  2000 ......  Bus Bombs KILL & Maim!

March 23, 2011 – A bomb explodes near the Egged no. 74 bus at the Central Bus Station in Jerusalem, injuring around 33 people.

This had been the first in more than six years because of the erection of the Security Fence which protects Eretz Yisrael.  This was slammed by the International media two weeks ago as being "Apartheid" !!

Aug 31, 2004 - Sixteen people are killed and 100 wounded in two suicide bombings within minutes of each other on two Beersheba city buses, on route nos. 6 and 12. Hamas in Hebron claimed responsibility for the attack.

July 11, 2004 – A bomb explodes at a bus stop in downtown Tel Aviv, killing one and wounding 33. 

Feb 22, 2004 - Eight people killed and over 60 wounded, 11 of them school pupils, in a suicide bombing on Jerusalem bus no. 14A near the Liberty Bell Park. The Fatah Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades claimed responsibility for the attack.

Jan 29, 2004 – Suicide bombing of an Egged bus no. 19 kills 11 people and injures over 50 wounded, 13 of them seriously in Jerusalem. The Fatah-related Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades claimed responsibility for the attack, naming the bomber as Ali Yusuf Jaara, a 24-year-old Palestinian policeman from Bethlehem.

Aug 19, 2003 - Twenty-three people killed and over 130 wounded when a Palestinian suicide bomber detonated himself on a no. 2 Egged bus in Jerusalem's Shmuel Hanavi neighborhood. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.

Aug 12, 2003 – A teenage Palestinian suicide bomber detonates himself at a bus stop outside Ariel. Two people were killed and three wounded. 

June 11, 2003 - Seventeen people are killed and over 100 wounded in a suicide bombing on Egged bus no. 14A in the center of Jerusalem. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.

May 22, 2003 - Nine Israelis were injured when a roadside bomb was detonated next to a bus near Netzarim in the Gaza Strip.

May 18, 2003 - Seven people were killed and 20 wounded in a suicide bombing on Egged bus no. 6 near French Hill in Jerusalem. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack. A second suicide bomber detonated his bomb when intercepted by police in northern Jerusalem. The terrorist was killed; no one else was injured.

Mar 5, 2003 - 17 people were killed and 53 wounded in a suicide bombing of an Egged bus no. 37 in the Carmel section of Haifa, en route to Haifa University. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.

Nov 21, 2002 – A no. 20 Egged bus in Kiryat Menahem, Jerusalem, explodes and kills 11, with some 50 wounded.

Oct 21, 2002 - 14 people were killed and some 50 wounded when a car bomb containing about 100 kilograms of explosives was detonated next to an Egged no. 841 bus from Kiryat Shmona to Tel-Aviv, on Route no. 65 toward Hadera. The bus had pulled over at a bus stop when the suicide bomber, from Jenin, driving a jeep, approached from behind and exploded. The Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attack.

Oct 10, 2002 – A suicide bomber blows himself up while trying to board Dan bus no. 87 across from Bar-Ilan University in Tel Aviv, killing one and injuring about 30 people. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.

Sept 19, 2002 - Six people are killed and about 70 wounded when a terrorist detonates a bomb in Dan bus no. 4 on Allenby Street, opposite the Great Synagogue in Tel-Aviv. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.

Sept 18, 2002 – A police sergeant is killed and three people wounded in a suicide bombing at a bus stop at the Umm al Fahm junction. The Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attack.

Aug 4, 2002 – A suicide bomb on Egged bus no. 361 travelling from Haifa to Safed kills nine and injures around 50 people. 

July 16, 2002 - Nine people were killed and 20 injured in a terrorist attack on Dan bus no. 189 traveling from Bnei Brak to Emmanuel in Samaria. 

June 19, 2002 - Seven people were killed and 50 injured - three of them in critical condition - when a suicide bomber blew himself up at a crowded bus stop and hitchhiking post at the French Hill intersection in northern Jerusalem. The Fatah Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades claimed responsibility for the attack.

June 18, 2002 - 19 people were killed and 74 injured - six seriously - in a suicide bombing at the Patt junction in Egged bus no. 32A in Jerusalem. The bus, which was completely destroyed, was carrying many students on their way to school. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.

June 5, 2002 - 17 people were killed and 38 injured when a car packed with a large quantity of explosives struck Egged bus No. 830 traveling from Tel-Aviv to Tiberias at the Megiddo junction near Afula. 

Apr 12, 2002 - Six people were killed and 104 wounded when a woman suicide bomber detonated a powerful charge at a bus stop on Jaffa road at the entrance to Jerusalem's Mahane Yehuda open-air market. The Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades claimed responsibility for the attack.

Apr 10, 2002 - Eight people were killed and 22 injured in a suicide bombing on Egged bus no. 960, en route from Haifa to Jerusalem, which exploded near Kibbutz Yagur, east of Haifa. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.

Mar 20, 2002 - Seven people, four of them soldiers, were killed and about 30 wounded, several seriously, in a suicide bombing of an Egged bus No. 823 traveling from Tel Aviv to Nazareth.

Mar 17, 2002 - A suicide bomber explodes himself near an Egged bus no. 22 at the French Hill junction in northern Jerusalem. 25 people were injured.

Mar 5, 2002 – As a bus enters Afula central bus station, a suicide bomber associated with The Islamic Jihad explodes in an Egged no. 823 bus, killing one and injuring a large number of people. 

Dec 9, 2001 - A suicide bomber explodes a powerful bomb near a bus stop at the Checkpost Junction in Haifa. About 30 people were injured, most lightly and suffering from shock. 

Dec 2, 2001 - 15 people were killed and 40 injured, several critically, in a suicide bombing on an Egged bus No. 16 in Haifa, Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.

Nov 29, 2001 - Three people were killed and nine others were wounded in a suicide bombing on an Egged 823 bus en route from Nazereth to Tel Aviv near the city of Hadera. The Islamic Jihad and Fatah claimed responsibility for the attack.

July 16, 2001 – At a bus stop in Binyamina, two soldiers were killed and 11 wounded ~ 3 seriously ~ as bomb explodes in suicide terrorist attack. The Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attack.

May 25, 2001 - 65 people were injured in a car bombing in the Hadera central bus station. The Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility.

Apr 29, 2001 - A car bomb blows up close to a school bus travelling near the West Bank city of Nablus. There were no injuries in the attack. 

Apr 22, 2001 - A terrorist detonates a powerful bomb he was carrying near a group of people waiting at a bus stop in Kfar Sava. One person was killed and about 60 injured in the blast, two severely. The terrorist was also killed in the explosion, for which Hamas claimed responsibility.

Mar 27, 2001 - 28 people were injured, two seriously, in a suicide bombing directed against a northbound No. 6 bus at the French Hill junction in Jerusalem. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.

Feb 14, 2001 - Eight people were killed and 25 injured when a bus being driven by a Palestinian terrorist plowed into a group of soldiers and civilians waiting at a bus stop near Holon, south of Tel-Aviv.

Jan 1, 2001 - A car bomb explodes near a bus stop in the shopping district in the center of Netanya. About 60 people were injured, most lightly. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.

Nov 22, 2000 – Two were killed when a powerful car bomb detonates next to a passing bus on Hadera’s main street, 60 others were wounded. 

Nov 20, 2000 – Roadside bomb explodes alongside a bus carrying children from Kfar Darom to school in Gush Katif. Two people were killed and nine others, including 5 children, were injured, 5 of them seriously.


  1. Capital punishment is still a viable option (when you can capture the perpetrators) and it doesn't come with the political baggage of an Operation Cast-Lead II.

    Good enough for Eichmann is good enough for any savage murderer.

  2. I don't disagree with you, Greg, at all. But I think the situation is now moving towards the third terror war .... the FB page with 2.5 million supporters calling for a "new intifada" is just one indication of this.

    Caroline Glick's (deputy editior of JP) latest blog posting is all about this & I think she is so correct .... she is one of the most politically astute brains of our time!

    "What are we to make of the fact that no one has taken credit for Wednesday's bombing in Jerusalem?

    Wednesday's bombing was not a stand-alone event. It was part and parcel of the new Palestinian terror war that is just coming into view. As Israel considers how to contend with the emerging onslaught, it is important to notice how it differs from its predecessors.

    On a military level, the tactics the Palestinians have so far adopted are an interesting blend of state-of-the-art missile attacks with old fashioned knife and bomb-in-the- briefcase attacks. The diverse tactics demonstrate that this war is a combination of Iranian-proxy war and local terror pick-up cells. The attacks are also notable for their geographic dispersion and for the absence thus far of suicide attacks.

    For the public, the new tactics are not interesting and the message they send is nothing new. With our without suicide bombers, Israelis understand that we are entering a new period of unremitting fear, where we understand that we are in danger no matter where we are. Whether we're in bed asleep, or our way to work or school, or sitting down on a park bench or at a restaurant; whether we're in Rishon Lezion, Sderot, Jerusalem, Itamar or Beersheba, we are in the Palestinians' crosshairs. All of us are "settlers." All of us are in danger.

    The military innovations are important for IDF commanders who need to figure out how to answer the public's demand for security. They will have to draw operational conclusions about the challenges this mix of tactics and strategic architecture poses."

  3. And, isn't the Purim tale all about pre-empting our enemies???

  4. Not just Purim Pana but when we first entered the Land and conquered it. Political correctness and world view of what is moral is what is killing us!

  5. I can see your point about how there can be no diplomatic solution with people like that. On the other hand - as someone from southern Ireland, Whats your opinion of the Provos?. As an englishman should I take the same atitude towards ALL Irish people because of their actions?. Or are you just another hypocrite with a cause?