Skip to comments.Israeli: Didn't Know I Drove Bomber
Posted on 06/01/2002 2:39:12 AM PDT by kattracks
JERUSALEMAn Israeli Jewish woman who was with her Palestinian husband as they drove a suicide bomber to his destination says she was not aware a bombing was planned.
Medina Pinsky, 26, has been under arrest since the day after the May 22 bombing, with her husband, Ibrahim Sarachne, 33.
The case has shocked many Israelis because of Pinsky's role. Two Israelis were killed and 51 wounded in the attack in the city of Rishon Letzion. Also killed was Issa Bdeir, the 16-year-old bomber who was driven to the scene by Sarachne, accompanied by Pinsky.
Although the couple lives in the Palestinian refugee camp of Dheisheh, near Bethlehem in the West Bank, the car easily cleared security because it belonged to her and had Israeli license plates.
Israel's search for terrorists continued yesterday as troops rolled into a refugee camp on the edge of Nablus, rounding up hundreds of Palestinian men, imposing a curfew and blowing up the home of a suicide bomber.
A few miles from Nablus, a Palestinian gunman was shot dead after infiltrating a Jewish settlement.
The confrontations came as diplomats converged on the region looking for ways to end, or at least reduce, 20 months of Mideast violence. But no peace initiatives have emerged.
In his meeting with U.S. Assistant Secretary of State William Burn, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon cited the possibility of progress on the diplomatic front, although he quickly added conditions.
Sharon's office quoted the prime minister as telling Burns of "Israel's position that cessation of terror, violence and incitement and a thorough reform of the Palestinian Authority were conditions for progress in the diplomatic process."
By Amit Ben-Aroya, Ha'aretz Correspondent, Ha'aretz Service and Itim
Security sources said on Saturday that contradictory to previous reports, the woman who aided the suicide bomber who carried out the suicide bombing in Rishon Letzion on May 22 is not Marina Pinsky - a Jewish Israeli - but rather Irena Polichuk, a non-Jew who arrived in Israel several years ago and worked as a prostitute.
Polichuk married Ibrahim Sarahna, a 33- year-old Palestinian, in the Ukraine. In Israel, Polichuk used the national identity card belonging to Pinsky, who had been married to Sarahna's cousin.
On Thursday it was released for publication that a Jewish immigrant from the former Soviet Union and her Palestinian husband were suspected of aiding the Rishon Letzion suicide bomber. Two people were killed and 51 were injured in the Rishon Letzion attack.
On May 23, the day after the attack, the Shin Bet security service arrested Polichuk, who they believed to be Pinsky, along with her husband, Sarahna, of the Deheishe refugee camp near Bethlehem.
Under interrogation, the two confessed to helping the terrorist, Issa Abed-Raba Badir, and revealed new details about the attack. They said that Ahmed Mugrabi, a senior Tanzim leader who had long been on Israel's wanted list, recruited Sarahna to bring terrorists into Israel, taking advantage of the freedom of movement he enjoys as the husband of an Israeli. Sarahna agreed in the full knowledge that his passengers planned to carry out attacks, but Polichuk said she discovered their purpose only after the fact.
Sarahna told interrogators that there were supposed to be two bombers in the Rishon attack, and he ferried them both from Bethlehem in a stolen car. He said he was the one who suggested Rishon as a good place for the attack, and drew the perpetrators a map of the area to help them.
On the day of the attack, Sarahna and Polichuk dropped 17-year-old Badir off at the site, but the second bomber, Arin Ahmed, 20, got cold feet, so they took her back to Bethlehem instead. Under the original plan, Badir was to blow himself up first, and Ahmed was supposed to wait until the rescue crews arrived to set off her bomb. Polichuk said it was only when Ahmed refused to go through with the attack that she learned what had been planned.
And I thought the Israelis were so biased toward their own people....
HEY your IQ is about the same as mine! ;-)
Just goes to show what can happen when you try to be nice to an evil person...
Humm. And after MONTHS of interrogation, WE can't get squat from our prisoners.
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