News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (June 27-July 3, 2012)

[1]As of July 3, 2012.

[2]In April 2002, during the Palestinian anti-Israel terrorist campaign known as "the second intifada," 50 armed Palestinian terrorist operatives wanted by the IDF barricaded themselves in the Church of the Nativity and held an estimated 200 Palestinians hostage. Because of the sanctity and sensitivity of the site IDF forces did not break into the building but did prevent food from being delivered. The siege lasted 39 days during which some of the hostages attempted to escape. After negotiations an agreement was reached according to which the wanted terrorists would be evacuated to Cyprus or the Gaza Strip in return for the release of the hostages.

[3]Ihlam al-Tamimiis a Jordanian who resides in Ramallah and found asylum in Jordan after her release. She aided and abetted the suicide bomber who carried out the suicide bombing attack at the Sbarro restaurant in Jerusalem, which killed 15 Israelis and wounded an estimated 100. She also collected intelligence before the attack. Interviewed by the Israeli media while still in prison she did not show remorse for the deaths of the innocent civilians for which she was responsible. In a video-taped interview with a Hamas website after her release on October 26, 2011, she was asked if she would carry out such an attack again if she could. She answered that she would, adding that she "would do it again, because the action was carried out with due consideration, with conviction [in its justice] and faith in Allah, may he be praised and exalted, because the jihad fighter always looks forward to death as a martyr for the sake of Allah, or to imprisonment or success...I was imprisoned, it was hard but I was released. What is there for me to feel remorse about?" (YouTube )

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