Posted on 3/3/2017 12:38:05 PM
15 Years Ago Today: Horrific Sniper Attack in Israel

"Palestinian" Arab terrorist Tha'ir Kayid Hamad praised for the murder of 10 Israelis in 2002


On March 3, 2002, a "Palestinian" sniper murdered seven Israeli soldiers, two of them officers, and three Israeli civilians. Another six Israelis were wounded, four of them seriously


This horrific event occurred at a checkpoint near the community of Ofra, the scene of recent destruction of Jewish homes and the eviction of their inhabitants by the Israeli government.


The al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, the armed wing of the Fatah movement, claimed responsibility for the attack. Fatah leader and terrorist Marwan Barghouti praised the attack, saying "Blessed be the fighting hands of the heroes, who dealt these blows to the army of occupation." (Barghouti was arrested by the IDF in 2002, tried and convicted on charges of murder, and sentenced to five life sentences which he is currently serving.)


The sniper escaped, but on October 3, 2004, the Arab Tha'ir Kayid Hamad was arrested and subsequently sentenced to 11 life sentences.


The Israelis killed were:


IDF soldiers

Capt. Ariel Hovav, 25, of Eli

Lt.(res.) David Damelin, 29, of Kibbutz Metzar

1st Sgt.(res.) Rafael Levy, 42, of Rishon LeZion

Sgt.-Maj.(res.) Avraham Ezra, 38, of Kiryat Bialik

Sgt.-Maj.(res.) Eran Gad, 24, of Rishon LeZion

Sgt.-Maj.(res.) Yochai Porat, 26, of Kfar Saba

Sgt.-Maj.(res.) Kfir Weiss, 24, of Beit Shemesh



Sergei Birmov, 33, of Ariel

Vadim Balagula, 32, of Ariel

Didi Yitzhak, 66, of Eli


The New York Times reported on the story:

MIDEAST TURMOIL: THE BATTLES; Latest Attacks Stun Israelis And Dampen Hopes for Peace


Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) reported on the continued glorification of the terrorist in November, 2015:

Fatah TV proud of killer of 11 who carried out "heroic operation"


We mourn for the murdered Israelis. The glorification of murderers within Arab society continues to this day, and only confirms the ridiculousness of what is referred to as the "two state solution."


An Effective and Inspiring Answer to Israel Apartheid Week



The folks who coordinate the yearly activity known as Israel Apartheid Week define this time period as, An international series of events that seeks to raise awareness of Israel's settler-colonial project and apartheid system over the Palestinian people and to build support for the growing Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.


This, according to their website,

They continue, The coming year (2017) will mark 100 years of Palestinian resistance against settler colonialism, since the inception of the Balfour Declaration. IAW will be an opportunity to reflect on this resistance and further advance BDS campaigns for the continued growth and impact of the movement. Despite all the legislative attacks on BDS internationally, IAW and the BDS movement continue to build linkages and solidarity with other struggles to achieve freedom, justice, and equality.


The 13th Annual Israeli Apartheid Week is scheduled to take place all around the world between March - April 2017.


We have all witnessed the vile and at times violent anti-Israel and anti-Semitic activity on college campuses across the United States, making these campuses war zones for Jewish and pro-Israel students.


Millions of dollars have been spent, and thousands of hours have been devoted to developing solutions to counter this anti-Israel, anti-Jewish activity, with only limited success.


However, a new approach has been tried at Columbia University that could serve as a model for pro-Israel activism on campuses nationwide. At Columbia, the pro-Israel organization Students Supporting Israel (SSI) has initiated a new program, called Hebrew Liberation Week, which is "a positive celebration of the connection between the Jews and Israel," according to Rudy Rochman, president of the school's chapter of SSI.


Pro-Israel students display a series of large canvases and panels, depicting various aspects of Israeli culture and history on a campus square, near the anti-Israel protesters. According to Rochman, reactions to the endeavor have been overwhelmingly positive. "Jewish students on both the Right and Left are absolutely shocked and amazed that something like this is possible at our school," he said. "Causing many to come to our display instead of the 'apartheid wall' one." 


Please read about SSI and their approach to countering anti-Israel activity on campuses in the Algemeiner, here:


You can view a short video of their activity at Columbia U. here:


Please share this with Jewish and pro-Israel students, pro-Israel activists, and professionals in the Jewish community. Rudy Rochman and SSI have developed the means to provide chizuk and pride to our Jewish students on campus, and to finally, go on the offensive against the offensive nature of anti-Israel and anti-Semitic haters on our college campuses.