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December 09, 1983 - Image 3

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1983-12-09

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Friday, December 9, 1983 3

Israel Public's Lack of Vigilance Shattered by Bombing of Bus

(Continued from Page 1)


Premier Yitzhak
Shamir lashed out at the
PLO on Wednesday and
vowed that the deaths and
injuries would be avenged.
Winding up a political de-
bate in the Knesset, Shamir
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reach the murderers and we
shall strike them until this
wickedness disappears from
the face of the earth." He
said it was regretable "that
some still call Arafat a mod-
erate," adding that Israel
was under no illusions and
knows well that its enemies
are filled with hatred and
lust for murder.
The bus bombing shocked
the country because of the
large number of victims and
the sight of mangled bodies
and also because Jerusalem
has been relatively free of
terrorist acts in recent
years. Tuesday's incident
was the worst since 1979 in
terms of deaths and in-

is not as alert as it once was
to suspicious-looking ob-
jects on buses and in the
streets. The feeling has
been that the PLO has not
recovered from the blows it
sustained in the Lebanon
war and is too preoccupied
with internal strife to eng-
age in terrorist activities
inside Israel.
The newspaper Davar ob-
served that the bus bombing
signaled that the terrorist
organizations have recup-
erated somewhat since the
destruction of their military
infrastructure in Lebanon
last year. Maariv said it was
proof that the "moderate"
wing of the PLO is as blood-
thirsty as ever.

Mayor Teddy Kollek
warned Wednesday that
this latest incident must
not lead to a deteriora-
tion in relations between
Jews and Arabs in the
city. He recalled, on a
voice of Israel Radio
interview, that there
have been many outrages
of this kind over the years
and there was no way to
prevent them. But he
ruled out any restrictions
on the freedom of move-
ment of Arabs.
"The moment you limit

The bus, a No. 18 which
follows a circuitous route
around the city, was
blasted into the air by the
explosion while waiting
at a stop light on Herzl
Boulevard at 12:50 p.m.
local time. Another bus,
immediately behind it,
was also damaged by the
explosion and a number
of its passengers sus-
tained injuries.

the movement of Arabs on
buses it will become more
dangerous," Kollek said.
"Would you ask everybody
who boards a bus whether
he is an Arab or not? Can
you check it? It's an impos-
sibility," the mayor said. He
also warned against acts of
reprisal against local
Arabs, especially because
many such terrorists at-
tacks in the past were the
work of outsiders.
The Israeli media noted
that there was complacency
among the populace which

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The bus was enroute to
the Kiryat Yovel section on
the southern outskirts of
Jerusalem and was packed
with passengers, including
school children and a large
number of shoppers who
had boarded the bus at the
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have been loaded with nails
to cause maximum injury,
exploded in the center of the
bus. The roof was blown off
by the force of the explosion,
all the windows were shat-
tered and parts of the ve-
hicle were strewn as far as
100 meters from the site of
the explosion.
"I never saw such a horri-
ble sight," an eyewitness
told reporters. "I saw body
parts tens of meters away
from the bus, a baby pacifier
stained with blood, torn
school books, make-up kits
and a blood-stained choco-
late bar."

Extrication of the dead
and injured from the
ruined vehicle was ham-
pered by hundreds of
curious bystanders who
converged on the scene.
Many refused to heed re-
peated appeals by the
police to allow security
forces to work unim-

occasions the lethal objects
were defused by police sap-
pers. But no previous bus
bombs appear to have been
of the size and power of the
one which caused Tuesday's

The Jerusalem Post
suggested that Arafat
may have reverted to a
harder line to pay the
political debt he owes to
such extremist leaders as
George Habash and Naif
Hawatme who have
backed him in his present
struggle though they still
criticize his stress on dip-




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Meanwhile, a new curfew
was clamped on downtown
Nablus after a grenade was
thrown at an Israeli border

Transportation Minister
Haim Corfu went on radio
and television on Tuesday
to urge bus passengers to be
constantly on the alert for
any suspicious-looking ob-
jects. "Public sensitivity to
suspicious objects has faded
and should be
strengthened," he said.
Buses in Jerusalem and
other Israeli cities have
been frequent targets of ter-
rorist bomb plants over the
years. In most cases, the bus
driver or alert passenger
spotted the objects and the
vehicles were evacuated
before the bomb detonated.
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