VIOLENCE IS NOT THE SOLUTION


Three innocent people are dead due to the actions of a suicide bomber in the southern Israeli city of Eilat. These actions solve nothing. All they do is perpetuate the present situation and continued polices of oppression of the Israelis against the Palestinians.
Israel is looking for any excuse not to grant statehood to Palestine. These irresponsible actions by terrorists only strengthen the argument for Hamas and Fatah to get their act together and prove to Israel and the rest of the world that they are able to and willing to govern the people of Palestine.
Violence against civilians by either side is not the answer and must be condemned by all of us that want to see a just solution to the crisis we are facing.
Below is a report from the Associated Press about the incident…

Israel bakery bomber kills 3

JERUSALEM (AP) — A Palestinian suicide bomber attacked a bakery in the southern Israeli resort town of Eilat on Monday, killing three other people, police said. It was the first suicide attack in Israel in nine months and the first ever to hit Eilat, Israel’s southernmost city.

Two Palestinian militant groups, Islamic Jihad and the Al Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, claimed joint responsibility for the attack. A spokesman for Islamic Jihad, which has carried out dozens of suicide attacks, told The Associated Press that the attacker came from the West Bank, but gave no other details.

The bomber struck a small bakery in a residential neighborhood. Shattered glass was visible on the sidewalk outside, alongside bread trays scattered by the blast.

Benny Mazgini, 45, said he was in an apartment across the street when the building shook from the force of the blast.

When he ran outside, Mazgini said, he saw body parts scattered on the sidewalk outside the bakery.

“It was awful — there was smoke, pieces of flesh all over the place,” Mazgini said.

Police cordoned off the area, and Bruno Stein, Eilat’s police commander, said the police believed there could be more bombers in the city.

“Our assumption is that it’s not one bomber, and there might be more bombers in Eilat right now,” Stein said. Israeli emergency services raised their alert level to the highest.

Police initially suspected the blast was either an accident or criminal incident.

The attack was the first suicide bombing to hit Eilat, which is distant from Israel’s major population centers and has been largely insulated from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It also was the first suicide bombing in Israel since last April, when a bomber struck a Tel Aviv restaurant, killing 12 people.

Suicide bombings in Israel are sharply down from their height four years ago, when hundreds of Israelis were killed in dozens of attacks. However, a renewal of such violence could derail current efforts by the U.S., Israel and moderate Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to renew long-stalled peace talks.

The Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, one of the groups claiming responsibility for Monday’s attack, is linked to Abbas’ Fatah Party. However, Fatah spokesman Ahmad Abdul Rahman condemned the violence, saying: “We are against any operation that targets civilians, Israelis or Palestinians.”

There was no immediate reaction from Hamas, the radical group that now controls the Palestinian parliament and Cabinet. Hamas came under intense criticism last April for failing to condemn the Tel Aviv attack.

Eilat is located on the Red Sea near the Jordanian and Egyptian border, and al Qaeda operatives have been active in both neighboring countries. However, there was no indication the group was involved in Monday’s attack.

The Israel-Egypt border, which runs near Eilat, is regularly crossed by smugglers entering Israel, according to police. Though the smugglers for the most part bring drugs and prostitutes into Israel, local officials in Eilat raised the possibility that the bomber had used the smuggling route to cross from Egypt.

In August 2005, a group thought to be linked to al Qaeda fired a rocket from Jordan at Eilat, causing no casualties. Al Qaeda also has carried out deadly attacks on hotels in Jordan and in Taba, just across the Egyptian border from Eilat.

Some Palestinian tourism agencies run tours to Eilat, providing another possible route for attackers to reach the city, a four-hour drive from the central cities of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.

6 Comments

  1. Sim-O said,

    January 29, 2007 at 13:21

    Zionism is the problem, not the Israelis, so I do not condone the targeting of civilians, but without violence from the palestinians they would be in an even worse situation than they are now, they would have been annihilated decades ago.
    But against civilians it only harms the cause.

  2. DesertPeace said,

    January 29, 2007 at 13:23

    Exactly my sentiments sim-o

  3. I love Munich said,

    January 29, 2007 at 14:53

    EXACTLY what I think!! I UTTERLY condem violence in ANY form! What I DO understand though is what triggers it .. it is despair, humiliation, hopelessness and being pushed over the edge – BUT TWO WRONGS DO NOT MAKE ONE RIGHT!!!!!!!!!
    ALL these horrors MUST STOP!!!
    Thanks Steve … for being YOU!

  4. DesertPeace said,

    January 29, 2007 at 14:57

    Thanks Karin…

  5. Sim-O said,

    January 29, 2007 at 21:44

    Only Israel can make it stop.

  6. DesertPeace said,

    January 29, 2007 at 22:27

    this is true sim-o


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