A suicide bombing in a Jerusalem pizzeria on Thursday killed at least 19 Israelis and injured over 100, leaving ten in critical condition. A tire blowout in a nearby bus station was later interpreted as a second explosion by security forces.
AFP said that an Islamic Jihad unit called the Salaheddine Al Ayyoubi Brigades had initially claimed responsibility for the pizzeria bombing, in a statement faxed to its Amman office.
But the group later emailed a correction to Albawaba.com, saying the bombing was carried out by the military wing of Islamic Jihad, the Jerusalem Brigades, and that there was no such unit as the Salaheddine Al Ayyoubi Brigades.
In a later fax, Islamic Jihad identified the resistance fighter as Hussein Omar Abu Amsha, 23, from Jenin in the West Bank.
Radio Israel said the explosion was in a restaurant belonging to the Italian fast food restaurant chain Sbarro, in the center of west Jerusalem.
The deputy police commander in Jerusalem district, Ilan Franco, told the press that according to the initial findings on the ground it seems the attack was the work of a suicide bomber.
Since the September 2000 eruption of the latest Palestinian uprising against 34 years of Israeli military occupation, AFP estimates that Palestinians have killed 128 Israelis with weapons ranging from stones and knives to machineguns and car bombs.
The Thursday attack raises this figure to at least 134. Israeli military sources have reported well over 600 injuries to Israelis of Jewish descent.
In the same time period, according to AFP, Israeli soldiers and armed Jewish settlers have killed 13 Arab Israelis and 540 Palestinians with weapons ranging from machineguns and tanks to US-made Apache helicopter gunships and F-16s.
According to an Amnesty International report issued early this year, nearly 100 of the Palestinians killed were children. In addition, the Palestinian Red Crescent Society has reported over 14,000 Palestinians wounded.
Jewish author Noam Chomsky, who according to a New York Times Book Review article is “arguably the most important intellectual alive,” has been quoted as saying: “State terrorism is an extreme form of terrorism, generally much worse than individual terrorism because it has the resources of a state behind it.” – Albawaba.com
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