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FACT: Suicide bombers have blown themselves up in Israeli cafes, schools, night clubs, and bus stations, killing innocent Israeli civilians.
The requirement for the Palestinians to end incitement has constituted one of the core foundations of the peace process since its inception. The need to end incitement stems from the recognition that true peace cannot be achieved as long as the propagation of hate continues. As Prime Minister Netanyahu noted (10 January): "Peace is made by educating towards reconciliation, by encouraging good neighborly relations and by developing mutual respect." (Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
Sbarro Pizza Bombing: 15 civilians were killed, including 7 children, and about 130 were injured in a suicide bombing at the Sbarro pizzeria at the corner of King George Street and Jaffa Road in downtown Jerusalem. Concealing the explosives in a guitar case which he had carried with him into Jerusalem, the terrorist entered the restaurant just before 2 PM and detonated the bomb. The 5 kg.-10 kg. bomb, which was packed with nails, screws, and bolts to ensure maximum damage, completely gutted the restaurant, which was full of lunchtime diners.
Cafe Hillel Bombing: Seven civilians were killed and over 50 wounded when a suicide bomber exploded at 11:20 p.m. at Cafe Hillel on Emek Refaim St., the main thoroughfare of the German Colony neighborhood in Jerusalem.
Dizengoff Street Bombing: The Dizengoff Street bus bombing was a Hamas suicide attack on a passenger bus driving down Dizengoff Street in Tel Aviv in 1994. At that time, it was the deadliest suicide bombing in Israeli history, and the first successful attack in Tel Aviv. Twenty-two civilians were killed and 50 were injured. The attack was planned by Hamas chief Yahya Ayyash.
Dolphinarium Bombing: Twenty Israelis were killed and over 90 others were wounded when a suicide bomber blew himself up in a crowd of mostly teenagers waiting in line outside a disco near Tel Aviv's Dolphinarium along the seafront promenade.
Ben Yehuda Street Bombing: On December 1, 2001 two suicide bombers detonated themselves on Ben Yehuda Street, followed by a car bomb set to go off as paramedics arrived. Eleven civilians were killed, including many children, and 188 were injured. Hamas claimed responsibility.
...and on and on. Click here for a complete list of attacks.
(From left to right: Sbarro bombing, 9 Aug. 2001; one of many buses blown up by suicide bombers; Zaka member cleans up after a bombing)
FACT: Hamas and other radical groups within Israel deliberately target civilians, having killed 1000 innocent Israeli civilians.
Israel's measures in the territories, such as the building of a security barrier, checkpoints and curfews on the Palestinians are driven not by a racist ideology. Rather, they are due to legitimate security concerns on Israel's part and are the consequence of a campaign of terror by Palestinian groups such as Hamas and the Al Aksa Martyrs Brigade, which, in deliberately targeting civilians, have claimed over 1,000 innocent Israeli lives. (“The Anti-Israel Divestment Campaign.” Anti-Defamation League. 9 October 2006.)
“For the first time, Hamas claimed responsibility for a series of attacks between 2005 and 2010 that killed 15 Israeli soldiers and injured 47. They include a 2008 attack on a Jewish yeshiva (Talmudic college) in Jerusalem in which eight students died and some 30 were injured. Hamas said it has carried out 1,115 major operations against Israel, according to its military wing spokesman Abu Obeida.” (“Hamas: We Carried Out 1,100 Major Attacks on Israel.” The Israel Project.)
FACT: Over 12,000 rockets have been fired from Hamas-controlled Gaza at Israeli towns.
On December 27, 2008, after enduring an 8-year-long barrage of 12,000 rockets and having exhausted all other options, Israel launched a military operation against Hamas in Gaza. 'Operation Cast Lead' was limited to two objectives: 1. To stop the bombardment of Israeli civilians by destroying Hamas' mortar and rocket launching apparatus and infrastructure. 2. To reduce the ability of Hamas and other terrorist organizations in Gaza to perpetrate future attacks against the civilian population in Israel. (Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
For the past 8 years, over 10,000 rockets have been launched towards Sderot and the western Negev. (Sderot Media Center)
After Israel's disengagement from Gaza, the number of confirmed rocket strikes against Israel increased by more than 500 percent. (Dr. Dore Gold. "Israel's War to Halt Palestinian Rocket Attacks." Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. 3 March 2008.)
(Rocket from Sderot)
FACT: Palestinian leaders glorify terrorists by naming sporting events, school, and parks after them.
Among the incidents that indicate an upsurge in incitement in the past month, are the official sponsorship of the naming of a Ramallah square after a terrorist who slaughtered 37 Israelis and the glorification of the murderers of the late Rabbi Meir Avshalom Chai, killed on 24 December 2009 in a drive-by shooting. (Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
“The Palestinian Authority presents terrorists as heroes and role models for children by naming summer camps after them. In addition, summer camps are named for Israeli cities, which are presented as Palestinian cities, as part of the PA’s ongoing message to children not to recognize Israel. This section includes some examples among many.” … (Dalal Mughrabi in 1978 led the worst terror attack in Israeli history, in which 37 people were killed and more than 70 injured, in a bus hijacking.) “A summer camp in the name of the Shahida [Martyr] Dalal Mughrabi was opened... by the Fatah movement … out of honor and admiration for the Shahida [Martyr].” (Palestinian Media Watch.)
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