Monday, February 23, 2004

Bus bombing

Suicide bomber kills 8 in Jerusalem:

A Palestinian suicide bomber blew apart a Jerusalem bus yesterday morning, killing himself and eight passengers on the eve of a United Nations hearing on the West Bank barrier constructed by Israel to foil such attacks.

The attack, which injured about 60 others, added new urgency to the claim of Israeli leaders that a matrix of fences, walls, barbed wire and trenches is needed to prevent terrorists from entering from the West Bank.

The strike diverted attention for the moment from Palestinian arguments that the Israeli barrier is an illegal land grab and is causing a humanitarian disaster.

"The terrible and painful bombing in Jerusalem is the answer to the world, which is convening in The Hague to pass judgment on the state of Israel," Israeli Justice Minister Yosef Lapid said.

"It's proved once again that the fence is situated to protect our lives."

Meanwhile, "pro-Israel demonstrators will carry eight blank posters through the streets of The Hague today, representing the victims of a Palestinian suicide bombing in Jerusalem."

Pro-Israel demonstrators will carry eight blank posters through the streets of The Hague today, representing the victims of a Palestinian suicide bombing in Jerusalem yesterday.

The posters will be carried alongside others with the faces of 927 victims of the 3-year-old Palestinian uprising, or intifada.

The march, which coincides with today's opening of a hearing on Israel's security barrier at the International Court of Justice, is the latest salvo in a high-powered propaganda war between supporters of Israel and its vehement critics.

Israel insists the barrier is a "good fence," whose aim is to prevent Palestinian attacks through suicide bombings and therefore provide a calmer atmosphere for discussions about a settlement.


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