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Terrorist bombing shakes Hebrew University
campus and beyond.
Jewish Telegraphic Agency
New York City
hones at the New York
headquarters of the -
American Friends of
Hebrew University were
"ringing off the hook" as concerned
parents tried to confirm their chil-
dren's safety following a bombing in
the university's cafeteria.
As of Wednesday, at least seven peo-
ple were killed and more than 80
wounded in the July 31 bombing in
the cafeteria of the Frank Sinatra
International Student Center at the Mt.
Scopus campus in Jerusalem. Hamas
Identities of the victims are still
unconfirmed, but one of the dead is said
to be American. Army Radio describes
all seven fatalities as non-Israeli. Several
victims are rumored to be Arab.
Despite the numerous terrorist
attacks that have taken place all
around the university, it has almost
never been targeted since it was found-
ed in 1923 by a group of intellectuals
and dignitaries that included Albert
Einstein and Martin Buber.
"Hebrew University has been the
last island of sanity in Jerusalem with
respect to Arab and Jewish coexis-
tence," said Peter Willner, executive
vice president of the American Friends
of Hebrew University.
Longtime Hebrew University sup-
porter and board member Harold
Berry of Bloomfield Hills called the
bombing "civilization under attack."
"We will not roll over and play
dead; we will not be terrorized," he
said. "We will repair the damage and
go on with the good work with
The attack came during registration
for Summer Ulpan, a Hebrew lan-
guage immersion program attended by
A prestigious and staunchly secular
institution, Hebrew University has a
diverse student body of Israeli Jews
and Arabs, new immigrants from the
former Soviet Union, and American
and European exchange students.
"Until today, the university was
regarded as a very safe place," said
Amy Sugin, director of the Office of
Despite the perception that the uni-
versity was immune to the waves of
Palestinian terror, enrollment of
American students has decreased
steadily since the intifada (uprising)
began in September 2000.
On a good year, there should be
approximately 1,000 American stu-
dents in the university's Summer
Ulpan, freshman year and masters pro-
grams, and popular junior year and
semester abroad programs, Sugin said.
However, enrollment this year was
already down 40 percent from the pre-
vious year, which itself was far below
the goal of 1,000.
The Hebrew University staff in New
York instructied concerned parents to
call a hotline for more information on
In Jerusalem, two university psy-
chologists were dispatched to the
dorms, with more to be sent in corn-
ing days to help students cope with
The student center was named after
Frank Sinatra, who came to Israel in
1978 for the dedication of the center
bearing his name. It was funded by
members of the Friends of the Hebrew
University from the West Coast of the
United States, many of whom are con-
nected with the entertainment indus-
try, and who requested that it be
named for the singer, who died in
1998 at age 82. The complex houses
the student union and related facilities.
In the aftermath of the bombing, U.S.
civil rights leader Jesse Jackson canceled
a meeting with the spiritual leader of
Hamas. Jackson was slated to meet with
Sheik Ahmed Yassin after seeing
Palestinian Authority President Yasser
Arafat in Ramallah earlier on the day of
the bombing. But Jackson canceled after
Yassin said Hamas was behind the terror
attack at Hebrew University.
Just before the attack, Arafat said at
a joint news conference with Jackson
that the Palestinian Authority was
doing its best to halt violence. El
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