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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Hamas celebrates 10th anniversary of Netanya Passover massacre

Hamas' Palestine Times website has a glowing tribute to the Hamas terrorist who detonated the suitcase bomb at the Park Hotel in Netanya ten years ago.

Wikipedia describes the attack:
During the Jewish holiday of Passover in 2002, Park Hotel in the Israeli coastal city of Netanya held its traditional annual Passover seder (festive religious meal) for its 250 guests, in the hotel dining room located at the ground floor of the hotel. During this holiday the hotel consisted many elderly Jews who didn't have family and relatives in Israel.

In the evening of 27 March 2002, a Palestinian suicide bomber disguised as a woman approached the hotel carrying a suitcase which contained powerful explosives. The suicide bomber managed to pass the security guard at the entrance to a hotel, then he walked through the lobby passing the reception desk and entered the hotel's crowded dining room. At 19:30 pm (GMT+2) the suicide bomber detonated the explosive device he was carrying. The force of the explosion instantly killed 28 civilians and injured about 140 people, of whom 20 were injured severely. Two of the injured later died from their wounds. Some of the victims were Holocaust survivors. Most of the victims were senior citizens (70 and over). The oldest victim was 90 and the youngest was 20 years old. A number of married couples were killed, as well as a father together with his daughter. One of the victims was a Jewish tourist from Sweden who was visiting Israel for Passover.
Hamas for some reason doesn't note that 20 of the 30 victims were over 70 years old.

Shula Abramovitch, 63, of Holon
David Anichovitch, 70, of Netanya

Alter Britvich, 88, of Netanya
Frieda Britvich, 86, of Netanya

Andre Fried, 47, of Netanya
Idit Fried, 47, of Netanya

Dvora Karim, 73, of Netanya
Michael Karim, 78, of Netanya

Eliezer Korman, 74, of Ramat Hasharon
Yehudit Korman, 70, of Ramat Hasharon

St.-Sgt. Sivan Vider, 20, of Bekaot
Ze'ev Vider, 50, of Moshav Bekaot

Ernest Weiss, 80, of Petah Tikva
Eva Weiss, 75, of Petah Tikva

Anna Yakobovitch, 78, of Holon
George Yakobovitch, 76, of Holon

Sgt.-Maj. Avraham Beckerman, 25, of Ashdod
Shimon Ben-Aroya, 42, of Netanya
Miriam Gutenzgan, 82, Ramat Gan
Amiram Hamami, 44, of Netanya
Perla Hermele, 79, of Stockholm, Sweden
Marianne Myriam Lehmann Zaoui, 77, of Netanya
Lola Levkovitch, 70, of Jerusalem
Sarah Levy-Hoffman, 89, of Tel-Aviv
Furuk Na'imi, 62, of Netanya
Eliahu Nakash, 85, of Tel-Aviv
Chanah Rogan, 90, of Netanya
Irit Rashel, 45, of Moshav Herev La'et
Clara Rosenberger, 77, of Jerusalem
Yulia Talmi, 87, of Tel-Aviv

Maybe I missed it, but I don't recall seeing any Arabs protesting against this attack, or writing anguished op-eds about how a fellow Muslim could have done such a thing. No Arab groups popped up on college campuses calling for solidarity with Jews against terror. There were no UN resolutions condemning the massacre.

But there was a PA-sponsored soccer tournament in Tulkarem named after the suicide bomber.