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Security forces capture Hamas cell responsible for Hebrew University bombing
Israel Insider ^ | 8/21/2002 | Israel Insider

Posted on 08/21/2002 7:11:13 AM PDT by Israel Insider

Security officials announced this afternoon the capture of six Palestinians from east Jerusalem who were responsible for some of the most deadly terror attacks in recent months. The Hamas terrorists perpetrated the suicide bombing at Jerusalem's Moment Café, the suicide attack at a Rishon Letzion billiards hall, and the bombing at Hebrew University on July 31. The cell was responsible for the deaths of 35 people, officials said.

Most of the Palestinians are from the village of Silwan. The head of the cell is Waal Kassam, 31, a resident of Ras al-Amud. The arrests of the cell members took place on Saturday night when Jerusalem Police officers stopped a suspicious car on Bar Ilan Street, in a religious Jerusalem neighborhood.

The four Palestinians in the car were on their way to another terror attack and had in their possession an explosive device similar to the one used in the Hebrew University cafeteria on July 31. Kassam reportedly tried to escape with the bomb but police arrested him later that night.

Muhammed Uda, 29, who worked on the Hebrew University campus as a painter, reportedly chose the location for the bombing based on assumptions that there would be a minimal of Arab students there. According to reports, he climbed over the university's fence, and hid the bomb inside bushes.

The next day, Kassam and Uda reportedly wore perfumed gloves so that the scent of explosives wouldn't be picked up on their hands. Uda placed the bomb inside a storeroom where he kept his supplies. Later in the day, he placed the bomb inside the cafeteria, half hidden by a newspaper that he had purchased. After he quickly left the campus with Kassam, the two activated the bomb with a cellular phone. The next day, Uda reported to his daily job as if nothing had happened.

The members of the Hamas cell are suspected of perpetrating the following terror attacks:

Suicide bombing in Jerusalem Moment Cafe on March 9, 2002. 11 people were killed, 58 injured.

Suicide bombing in Rishon Letzion billiards club on May 7, 2002. 15 people were killed, 45 injured.

Bomb detonation underneath fuel truck at Pi Glilot depot on May 23, 2002. No injuries.

Bomb explosion on train tracks near Lod on June 30, 2002. 4 people injured.

Bomb explosion on train tracks near Kfar Gavriel on July 21, 2002. Train engineer injured.

Bomb explosion inside cafeteria in the Hebrew University's Mt. Scopus campus on July 31, 2002. 9 people were killed, 84 injured.

Bomb explosion underneath a fuel truck in Rishon Letzion on August 7, 2002. One person injured.


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1 posted on 08/21/2002 7:11:13 AM PDT by Israel Insider
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To: Israel Insider
Let's give them their speedy trial.
2 posted on 08/21/2002 7:16:56 AM PDT by 1Old Pro
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To: 1Old Pro
"Oh sh*t, you mean they are still alive"?

Some days things just don't seem to go right.Maybe if I go back to sleep, when I wake up the report will list them as dying in an attempt to escape.

3 posted on 08/21/2002 7:20:51 AM PDT by chiefqc
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To: Israel Insider
This is some good news!


4 posted on 08/21/2002 7:25:01 AM PDT by rightwingreligiousfanatic
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To: chiefqc
I felt the same way. Great job by the Israelis for getting these cowardly terrorists. Bummer that they're still alive. But maybe one of the guards will "accidentally" leave the cell door open. [wink]
5 posted on 08/21/2002 7:29:29 AM PDT by Coop
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To: Israel Insider
A very public trial, followed by a very public hanging is now in order.
6 posted on 08/21/2002 7:34:41 AM PDT by RISU
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To: Coop
Nahh...

Public trial - then a firing squad.

Then bury them with pigs.
7 posted on 08/21/2002 7:38:19 AM PDT by hchutch
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To: Israel Insider
But wait.....

Didn't the NEA say that we should not be teaching children that any group is responsible for terrorism?

8 posted on 08/21/2002 7:38:49 AM PDT by ppaul
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To: Israel Insider
Security officials announced this afternoon the capture of six Palestinians from east Jerusalem who were responsible for some of the most deadly terror attacks in recent months.

Israeli security forces, or PLO security forces? I'll bet a paycheck it was Israeli security forces. These terrorists need to be quickly executed.

9 posted on 08/21/2002 7:41:29 AM PDT by gcraig
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To: Israel Insider
were the suspects rights respected during interviews, which included legal representation for each suspect? are the suspects available for interview by the free press?
gotta do the American way for the PC minded, IMHB.
10 posted on 08/21/2002 7:46:00 AM PDT by 1234
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To: Israel Insider
Toss them feet first into a commercial chipper/shredder used to digest large tree limbs. Alternate with pigs. Return the "remains" to the Palestinians using an agricultural spraying aircraft. It will provide some high nitrogen fertilizer for their crops.
11 posted on 08/21/2002 8:27:37 AM PDT by Myrddin
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To: Israel Insider
I believe the death penalty is rarely used in Israel. Perhaps after they have been tried, they should be extradited to the US to face capital charges for murdering the Americans.
12 posted on 08/21/2002 9:26:57 AM PDT by thucydides
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To: chiefqc
"Some days things just don't seem to go right.Maybe if I go back to sleep, when I wake up the report will list them as dying in an attempt to escape."

Oh no, no, no...................... Let them squeese some information out of these lemons first.

13 posted on 08/21/2002 9:57:25 AM PDT by fella
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To: rightwingreligiousfanatic
Ha'aretz Daily Slant on This

Last update - 19:55 21/08/2002
Security forces snatch Hamas cell that carried out 8 terror attacks
By Baruch Kra, Ha'aretz Correspondent and Ha'aretz Service

The police and Shin Bet captured an East Jerusalem-based Hamas cell on Saturday night which is suspected of having carried out eight terror attacks in Israel in recent months, in which 35 people were killed and dozens injured.

Among the attacks was the suicide bombing at Moment Cafe in Jerusalem in which 11 people were killed and the bomb attack at the Hebrew University cafeteria on Mt. Scopus in which nine people died.

The members of the cell have Israeli identity cards, affording them freedom of movement around the country.

The main members of the 15-man cell was uncovered Saturday in Jerusalem by an elite unit as two of its members were on their way to Tel Aviv to carry out another attack, it was released for publication Wednesday.

One suspect was caught at a surprise checkpoint, while another fled and was picked up by a third cell member. The fugitives were caught after a chase through Jerusalem.

During their interrogation, the cell members disclosed that the bomb they planned to use in the attack was hidden on the Jerusalem-Tel Aviv Highway.

Mohammed Uda, one of the cell members from Silwan, carried out the attack at Hebrew University where he worked for an Israeli contractor as a painter, Israel Radio reported.

Familiar with the university, Oudeh chose the Frank Sinatra Cafeteria as the site for the bombing knowing that few Arabs frequented the cafeteria and that foreign students ate there.

Uda received the explosives from accomplices in the West Bank town of Ramallah, where the cell command was located, security officials said. On the night before the attack, he jumped over the university's fence and hid the explosives under a bush.

The next morning, he walked through the main gate using his employee's permit, picked up the bomb and planted it in the cafeteria. He then left and detonated the explosives with a cell phone from a distance, the officials said.

The day after the attack, he received a telephone call to come and help paint the scorched interior of the cafeteria.

After his arrest, Uda told investigators he was sorry for what he had done since so many people died in the university attack, the officials said. The other members of the cell who were arrested did not express remorse and some said they were proud of the attacks, the officials said.

Oudeh's brother Samr Oudeh denied Wednesday that his brother had been involved in any militant activity.

"My brother just goes from home to work ... and has nothing to do with any other thing," Samr Oudeh told The Associated Press outside his east Jerusalem home as Mohammed's six-year-old son Hamza stood crying nearby at the mention of his father. "I deny the charges that the Israelis are trying to put on him."

Wa'al Kassam, the leader of the cell, and Uda carried out the attack at Moment Cafe. Uda collected information on the target, while Kassam picked up the suicide bomber and dropped him off at the coffee shop.

One of the cell members also carried out the attack in which he attached an explosive device to a fuel tanker near Holon, followed the truck all the way to the Pi Glilot fuel depot on the outskirts of Tel Aviv and then detonated the bomb. There were no injuries in the bombing, which raised fears in Israel that Palestinians were trying to carry out a mega-terror attack.

"This is something I feared," said Jerusalem Mayor Ehud Olmert in response to the capture of the cell. "I assumed that things below the surface were not as (calm as) they seemed," the mayor added, referring to the fact that few East Jerusalem residents have been involved in attacks since the start of the almost two-year-old intifada.

Interior Minister Eli Yishai said he had sufficient information from the Shin Bet to annul the residency of the members of the cell.

A spokesman for Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, Ra'anan Gissin, said that the fact that suspects had Israeli identification cards demanded finding "the proper measures in order to curb" militant activity in east Jerusalem.

Attacks carried out by the cell:
* Suicide attack at Moment Cafe in Jerusalem in March 2002, in which 11 people were killed and 58 injured.
* Suicide attack at a Rishon Letzion billiard hall in May 2002, in which 15 people were killed and 45 injured.
* The planting of a bomb on a fuel tanker which blew up while the truck was being filled at the main Pi Glilot depot on the outskirts of Tel Aviv. No injuries.
* The planting of a bomb on the train tracks close to Lod station in June 2002. Four people were injured in the explosion.
* The planting of another bomb on the train tracks near Rehovot in July 2002 in which the driver of the locomotive was injured.
* The bomb attack at the main cafeteria of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem in July 2002, in which nine people were killed and 84 injured.
* The planting of a bomb on another fuel tanker, which exploded near Rishon Letzion, in August 2002. One person was injured.

The main members of the cell are:
* Wa'al Kassam, 31, a resident of Ras El Amud, was the leader of the cell and was involved in all the attacks.
* Wisam Abassi, 25, a resident of Silwan, gathered information on possible targets and helped carry out the attacks.
* Aladin Abassi, 30, resident of Silwan, gathered information for the cell and was involved in carrying out attacks.
* Mohammed Uda, 29 resident of Silwan, gathered information for the cell and was involved in the attacks.
* A 27-year-old resident of the West Bank village of Harbata was also arrested for supplying the cell with explosive devices.


14 posted on 08/21/2002 10:09:39 AM PDT by NormsRevenge
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To: Israel Insider
Jerusalem Police officers stopped a suspicious car on Bar Ilan Street, in a religious Jerusalem neighborhood

Golly, gosh, I sure hope that they didn't use racial profiling - that just wouldn't be right.(/sarcasm)

15 posted on 08/21/2002 10:26:51 AM PDT by Optimist
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To: NormsRevenge
Were any of these attacks the ones we heard about with the hepatitus infected shrapnel? If so, they should just infect these bastards and let nature take it's course.

At the very least, I hope Israel has flattened their homes and their parent's homes by now.

16 posted on 08/21/2002 10:31:15 AM PDT by Bill Rice
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To: hchutch
Nahh... Public trial - then a firing squad.

Too quick, and killing six of them still doesn't even the score. Let's get medieval with these animals.

Public Impalement on the site of the atrocity, with their families to make up the difference in numbers between them and their victims.

Then bury them with pigs.

17 posted on 08/21/2002 10:35:39 AM PDT by Kenton
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To: 1Old Pro
Let's give them their speedy trial. And sentence them to a long term in a Turkish prison!
18 posted on 08/21/2002 11:55:27 AM PDT by RobbyS
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To: monkeyshine; ipaq2000; Lent; veronica; Sabramerican; beowolf; Nachum; BenF; angelo; ...
Trial, execution, then demolish houses.
19 posted on 08/21/2002 12:01:46 PM PDT by dennisw
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To: monkeyshine; ipaq2000; Lent; veronica; Sabramerican; beowolf; Nachum; BenF; angelo; ...
Trial, execution, then demolish houses.
20 posted on 08/21/2002 12:01:51 PM PDT by dennisw
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To: NormsRevenge
All told, these jackals are responsible for 35 killed, and 193 injured... and those are just the attacks we know about.
21 posted on 08/21/2002 12:20:20 PM PDT by Teacher317
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To: NormsRevenge
Attacks on fuel tankers, cafeterias, railroad tracks, and a billiards hall... not a single military target. I wonder how many women and children were hurt or killed so that they could practice Islam's murder-cult.
22 posted on 08/21/2002 12:23:57 PM PDT by Teacher317
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To: Kenton
What ever happened to molten lead down the throat?
23 posted on 08/21/2002 12:58:56 PM PDT by Nachum
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To: Israel Insider
Familiar with the university, Oudeh chose the Frank Sinatra Cafeteria as the site for the bombing knowing that few Arabs frequented the cafeteria and that foreign students ate there.

Here a clear confession that Americans were deliberately targeted, not Jews.

After his arrest, Uda told investigators he was sorry for what he had done since so many people died in the university attack, the officials said...Oudeh's brother Samr Oudeh denied Wednesday that his brother had been involved in any militant activity.

"My brother just goes from home to work ... and has nothing to do with any other thing," Samr Oudeh told The Associated Press ..."I deny the charges that the Israelis are trying to put on him."

Sorry Samr, but your brother just confessed with apologies. You are just another liar with a western media microphone in his face.

On another note, we just had an unofficial freeper coffee at the Aroma cafe tonight. So there were only two of us, ya wanna drink coffee, ya gotta come! Mseltser and I ate at the Foccia Bar and drank coffee at the aroma chatting some real right wing plans to save the world stuff. Was fun, He joked that we should put something on Freeper so here it is. Blessing to ya all and goodnight, sure is good to hear they captured these guys, and alive too. Now they know that there are 15 of them, and have their names. Some of them must have been, shall we say, down right chatty. -grin-

24 posted on 08/21/2002 1:05:14 PM PDT by American in Israel
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To: Kenton
Public Impalement on the site of the atrocity, with their families to make up the difference in numbers between them and their victims. Then bury them with pigs.

As a Jewish friend would say, you Americans make things too simple, and subtle too!

25 posted on 08/21/2002 1:07:14 PM PDT by American in Israel
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To: Myrddin; Israel Insider
1. Why waste good pigs on the Evil Bastards?

2. I will, FOC, mix them with pig excrement in my spray loading equipment and fly them home [Clear of God's Mountains, that is!] to Jordan, Egypt and/or Lebanon/Syria in my airplane!
26 posted on 08/21/2002 1:31:42 PM PDT by Brian Allen
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To: Israel Insider; dennisw
This is great news! Israel is leading the war on terror!
27 posted on 08/21/2002 1:51:50 PM PDT by knighthawk
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To: dennisw
Trial, execution, then demolish houses.

Trial? You going soft on us there, dennis?

28 posted on 08/21/2002 3:10:19 PM PDT by lowbridge
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To: American in Israel
Some of them must have been, shall we say, down right chatty.

Must have been the good food and atmosphere that put them in such a talkative mood.

29 posted on 08/21/2002 4:18:50 PM PDT by DainBramage
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To: NormsRevenge
Mohammed Uda, one of the cell members from Silwan, carried out the attack at Hebrew University where he worked for an Israeli contractor

That's what always made my guts revolve: after all the years of bloodshed, knowing only very well that no Jew can ever, ever, ever trust any Arab at all, there're Jewish idiots in Israel who continue to hire the scumbags!

Greed? Shit for brains? I say, both.

Leave the lowlife starve to death. No jobs for any Arabs. Oh yeah, there're also good Arabs. Well, tough luck. Good Arabs can give jobs to other good Arabs, if it isn't a job of gathering info for terrorists or assembling bombs.

And if you so desperately need cheap labour, Eastern Europe is full of skilled wannabe guest workers.

30 posted on 08/21/2002 5:49:15 PM PDT by Neophyte
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To: Neophyte
And just look at this:
The day after the attack, he received a telephone call to come and help paint the scorched interior of the cafeteria.

Boy, what a kick in the ass should I give that PC impaired caller!!!

31 posted on 08/21/2002 5:53:44 PM PDT by Neophyte
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To: Kenton
I think a public PURIFICATION of the soul (like that which was done to Mad Mel in Braveheart) would do for starters. Maybe record their anguished pleas for mercy would help warm the reccesses of my heart.
32 posted on 08/21/2002 8:44:44 PM PDT by ping jockey
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To: ping jockey
I think a public PURIFICATION of the soul (like that which was done to Mad Mel in Braveheart) would do for starters. Maybe record their anguished pleas for mercy would help warm the reccesses of my heart.

Great idea! If nothing else it would make for a cool video with a real message that we could send to Al Jazeera, especially if we backed it up with some cool Black Sabbath tunes. Just imagine... the first of the condemned terrorists being led up the steps of the scaffold, and at the top stands a man in a black hood as the the music begins.... "WHAT IS THIS THAT STANDS BEFORE ME...."

33 posted on 08/22/2002 5:16:54 AM PDT by Kenton
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To: Israel Insider
Gret investigative work.
Now, I hope justice is swifter and surer in Israel than in some other places I could mention...
34 posted on 08/22/2002 5:45:01 AM PDT by Publius6961
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