Response To Terror
Targeted killings are debated following deadly terror attack.
Jewish Telegraphic Agency
rime Minister Ariel Sharon
is vowing to step up target-
ed killings of suspected
He made the comment following a
terror attack Friday night, Dec. 27, at
a West Bank yeshivah, in which four
students were killed and 10 others
Reflecting the odd vagaries of
Middle East politics, his vow also
came as Israeli and Palestinian offi-
cials began reviewing the latest draft
of a U.S. "road map" for achieving
peace in the region.
Speaking at the Dec. 29 cabinet
meeting, Sharon said that he and
Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz had
agreed to strike at terrorists, those
who help them and those who send
Also speaking at the meeting,
Attorney General Elyakim Rubinstein
criticized the targeted assassinations
policy, saying it must only be used as
a last resort when all other attempts
to arrest wanted Palestinians have
Israel's practice of targeted killings
is not new, but Sharon's statements
again threw a spotlight on the contro-
In last Friday's attack, two
Palestinian gunmen dressed in Israeli
army uniforms and armed with rifles
and hand grenades infiltrated the set-
tlement of Otniel, south of Hebron.
They entered the yeshivah through
the kitchen, firing on students and
guests who had gathered for Shabbat
One of the students on kitchen
duty managed to lock the door lead-
ing from the kitchen to the dining
room, preventing the terrorists from
entering the dining room.
All four of the students who were
in the kitchen were killed.
One gunman was killed in a half-
hour shootout with Israeli troops. The
second terrorist fled but was found
later and killed by Israeli soldiers.
On Dec. 29, the four Israelis killed
in the attack were buried. They were
identified as Pvt. Yehuda Bamberger,
20, of Karnei Shomron; Zvi Zieman,
18, of Re'ut; Gavriel Hoter, 17, of
Alonei Habashan; and Staff Sgt.
Noam Apter, 23, of Shilo.
Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility
for the attack, saying it came in retal-
iation for the slaying a day earlier of
one of its leaders in the Jenin area.
In another development, an Israeli
undercover unit arrested three mem-
bers of Islamic Jihad near Hebron on
Dec. 29, Army Radio reported.
Mofaz said Sunday that soldiers
have arrested more than 1,200
Palestinians in the past two months
in what he described as an
unprecedented campaign against
On Dec. 27, the leader of Hamas
called for additional attacks against
During a rally of 30,000 sup-
porters in Gaza City, Hamas
founder Sheik Ahmed Yassin said
discussions between Hamas and
Palestinian Authority President
Yasser Arafat's Fatah movement
about temporarily suspending
attacks on Israeli civilians will not
"The march of martyrs will move
TERROR on page 18
The mother, brother and two sisters
of 20-year-old Israeli soldier Yehuda
Bamburger attend his funeral at the
Karnei Shamron Jewish settlement in
the northern West Bank Dec. 29. He
was killed when Palestinian gunmen
attacked during a Shabbat dinner in
the Otniel settlement.
Drawn To Science
Darchei Torah girls have fun with science fair.
Copy Editor/Education Writer
IVIr ho can draw better,
boys or girls?
For her science fair
project at Yeshivas
Darchei Torah, Shifra Glicksberg, 13,
of Oak Park decided to find out.
Shifra went to a kindergarten classroom
and, with the cooperation of the teacher,
asked the students to draw a house and a
tree. Her finished project won a prize for
the most original entry at the science fair,
which took place Dec. 18.
The fair involved all 103 girls in
first through eighth grade, said Rabbi
Tzvi Sendler, director of science at the
Southfield day school. The school's
girls' division continues through 12th
grade, with a total of 160 students.
Darchei Torah's boys' school, which
has 160 boys in grades 1-8, held its
science fair Dec. 30.
For the Dec. 18 event, girls in
grades 1-4 worked on group projects,
and older girls did individual work.
Second-graders made their own paper,
for instance, and third-graders tested
the insulation qualities of fur versus
feathers. Other projects explained how
to make batteries out of citrus fruit,
tested how much air human lungs can
hold and graphed the cleaning proper-
ties of different laundry detergents.
"I'm encouraging the girls to enter
the science fair at Cobo Hall," Rabbi
Sendler said. "Last year, one of our
boys won a second prize."
In addition to Shifra, prize winners
at the girls' science fair included Chaya
Baruch, 13, for "Cakes with Mistakes,'
Yehudis Cohen, 13, for "Learning
Curves" and Sara Dina Sarne, 12, for
"Picky Eaters." All live in Oak Park.
And, just in case you wondered, Shifra's
research showed that kindergarten girls
draw better than kindergarten boys —
but only a smidgen better. ❑
to friends Shifra
Chana Handler. All
live in Oak Park.