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May 23, 2002 | By Soraya Nelson and Michael Matza INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
A brightly lit promenade in this suburb south of Tel Aviv was rocked by a suicide bombing last night that killed three people, including the bomber, and injured 40. Esti Sheibin, 21, was inside the clothing store where she works about 90 yards from the blast. "I was helping a client look for a bathing suit and then there was this huge explosion. I fell on the floor," Sheibin said. "I thought this might happen again, but I never thought it would happen so close to me. " The bomber blew himself up under a green canopy at the edge of a small park where immigrants from the former Soviet Union gathered nightly to play cards.
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May 8, 2002 | By Michael Matza, Daniel Rubin and Alfonso Chardy INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
A suicide attack shattered a pool hall last night in this city 10 miles south of Tel Aviv, killing 16 people, including the bomber, and wounding at least 60, a dozen of them critically. The explosion came as President Bush and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon were meeting in Washington. The blast seemed aimed at disrupting this latest Middle East peace effort, and Sharon quickly headed home. The blast also suggested that Israel's recent military campaign in the West Bank has had a limited effect on the ability of the Palestinians to conduct attack operations.
NEWS
March 5, 2002 | Daily News wire service
A gunman opened fire at a Tel Aviv restaurant early today, killing three people and wounding 25 before he was shot and killed by police, officials said. "A man fired with an M-16," Tel Aviv police commander Uri Bar-Lev told Israel Radio. Tel Aviv police commander Yossi Sedbon said the assault on the all-night restaurant was carried out by a lone gunman. "He also apparently tried to throw a grenade, but it did not explode," Sedbon told Israel Radio. He said the attacker also stabbed people with a knife.
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March 5, 2002 | By Michael Matza and Daniel Rubin INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
After a week of taking stunning hits - checkpoint ambushes, sniper attacks, suicide bombers - the Israelis responded yesterday in force with air strikes on Palestinian positions, return sweeps into refugee camps, and a tank shelling that went horribly awry, killing the family of a Hamas activist. Israel's stepped-up military response to deadly attacks that killed 21 Israelis in 24 hours over the weekend included F-16 air strikes on a Palestinian Authority headquarters in Bethlehem, and rocketing by helicopter gunships that knocked out electricity in parts of Ramallah last night.
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February 17, 2002 | By Michael Matza INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Sensing a shift in public mood - and with it, an opening for activism - the torpid Israeli peace camp is stirring back to life. College students armed with stencils, brushes and paint are poised to blaze green lines along the highways, symbolizing the "Green Line" border within which Israel lived from 1948 until it occupied the West Bank and Gaza Strip after the 1967 Six-Day War. "Better [to] have pains of peace than agonies of war," proclaim hundreds of billboards sprinkled throughout Israel and the Palestinian territories.
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January 26, 2002 | By Michael Matza INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Leaning casually on a parked scooter until he suddenly exploded, a suicide bomber struck a pedestrian mall here yesterday, injuring more than 25 people in a fiery spray of shrapnel. Within hours, Israeli warplanes had launched a missile strike on Yasir Arafat's security complex in Gaza City, injuring at least two, according to Palestinian medical officials. An Israeli army spokesman confirmed the Gaza strikes but had no comment on Palestinian reports that security installations in Tulkarm on the West Bank also had been targeted.
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June 5, 2001 | By Barbara Demick INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Olga and Kate Gelonkin, mother and daughter, strolled together under a parasol on a beautiful Saturday watching the sun glint off the Mediterranean and dreaming of being anyplace else but here. "Canada, maybe," said Olga, 42, a computer programmer who now sells shoes. "Somewhere in America. But not New York. Somewhere quiet," said her 20-year-old daughter, a biology student. Olga Gelonkin, a divorcee, immigrated to Israel three years ago from Moscow, hoping to escape crime and anti-Semitism.
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June 3, 2001 | By Barbara Demick and Nomi Morris INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
A hot afternoon at the beach turned even hotter yesterday as hundreds of enraged Israelis, some in bathing suits, attacked the Hassan Beq mosque across the oceanfront boulevard from the disco where a suicide bomber killed himself and 18 others Friday night. "We should tear this place down. We hate the Arabs," said Dor Pincas, 18, who wore a motorcycle helmet as he threw rocks at the mosque. Arab youth inside the mosque compound threw stones back, as Israeli police wrestled to take control.
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June 3, 2001 | By Nomi Morris and Barbara Demick INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon yesterday postponed ordering the armed forces to retaliate for a suicide bombing that killed 19 people in Tel Aviv Friday night in order to give Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat a short time to stop the violence. Under intense pressure from the United States and Europe to rein in both Islamic extremists and members of his security forces, Arafat issued his first public call for a cease-fire since the latest Palestinian uprising began in late September.
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June 2, 2001 | By Nomi Morris and Barbara Demick INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
A suicide bomber blew himself up in the middle of a crowd waiting to enter a discotheque in Tel Aviv late yesterday, killing at least 16 other people and wounding at least 85, many of them seriously. "This is one of the worst I've ever seen in 15 years because of the time, the place and the number of casualties," Tel Aviv Police Chief Yossi Sedbon said. "We do not expect that someone would come and explode himself in front of a nightclub. " It was the deadliest terrorist attack in Israel since a string of bus bombings in 1996.
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