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Thursday, March 06, 2008 

Terrorist attack at Mercaz Harav leaves 8 murdered

More prices paid for "peace":
JERUSALEM (AP) - A gunman infiltrated a Jewish seminary in Jerusalem and opened fire in a library Thursday night, killing at least seven people, officials said.
On TV, they said it was eight dead. Absolutely tragic and abominable.
Rescue workers said at least 10 people were wounded. Government spokesman Daniel Seaman and police said there was only one gunman though initial reports said there were two.


The attack came a day after Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice persuaded moderate Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to return to peace talks with Israel and on the same day Egyptian officials were trying to mediate a truce between Gaza militants and Israel.

Abbas suspended the talks after Israel launched a military offensive against Gaza militants barraging southern Israel with rockets. Palestinian officials say more than 120 were killed in Gaza during the weeklong operation. Four Israelis were also killed.
Note that despite what they say here, it's not clear if Abbas actually agreed with Rice about resuming: according to McClatchy-Tribune (via The American Thinker), he rebuffed her pleas.
Yitzhak Dadon, a seminary student, said he was armed with a rifle and waited on the roof of a nearby building during the attack.

"He came out of the library spraying automatic fire. ... The terrorist came to the entrance and I shot him twice in the head," he said.

Medic Yaron Tzuker said he arrived as the gunfire was still going on.

"They were still shooting when we got here," he told Channel 10 TV. "We took cover and the ambulance was hit. It's horrible inside - dead bodies and wounded - it's horrific."

Another witness told Israel TV that he heard both single shots and automatic gunfire from inside the building, and it lasted for about 10 minutes.

Jerusalem police spokesman Shmuel Ben Ruby said one of the gunmen who attacked the seminary was wearing what at first appeared to be an explosives vest but turned out to be a belt holding extra ammunition.

"One or two terrorists infiltrated the Mercaz Harav seminary and opened fire in all directions," the police spokesman said. "One terrorist was killed in an exchange of fire, and apparently he had an explosives belt."

Hundreds of police surrounded the area and searched the campus as ambulances raced to the scene. Scores of seminary students spilled out onto the sidewalk and street outside after they were evacuated.

"There are at least seven killed and 10 people wounded," said Eli Dein, director of Israel's rescue service.

An hour after the attack, medics began removing the dead from the building, taking them away in ambulances.


"It's very sad tonight in Jerusalem. Many people were killed in the heart of Jerusalem," Jerusalem Mayor Uri Lupolianski.
Some of the blame, of course, will have to be put upon the shoulders of Ehud Olmert for allowing this to continue.

Update: according to Mere Rhetoric (via Hot Air which has more here), Fatah has claimed responsiblity. Why do any politicians continue to consider them "partners"?

Others on the subject include Cosmic X, Dov Bear, Elder of Zion, Stand for Israel, Michelle Malkin, Daled Amos, Yourish.Com, Shalom New York, JoeSettler, Israpundit, Infidels Are Cool, Kumah, Treppenwitz, Trying to Fix the World, eJewishPhilanthropy, Sultan Knish, Esser Agoroth, Life in Israel, Likelihood of Success.

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