23 January, 2021

Retaliatory Pretext

Not Hamas but Arafat's symbol of prestige become Israel's targets

Retaliatory Pretext
When twins Avi and Eiran Mizrahi left home to celebrate their 15th birthday in a cosy pizzeria located in downtown Jerusalem, they had expected to spend a rollicking evening in the company of raucous schoolmates. Restaurants and bars hummed with life, exuberance filled the air. Then, at 10 pm, two suicide bombers from nearby Abu Dis village sauntered in. A blinding flash and thunderous blast later, scared survivors started to run. Minutes later, a second and more deadly explosion sprayed nails at high velocity through the fleeing crowd of diners. The nightmare didn't end there: a third bomb detonated at the arrival of the rescue team. The toll: 10 dead, scores wounded.

Avi and Eiran are in hospital, disfigured beyond recognition. This is the way an evening in Jerusalem suddenly ends; and this was yet another bloody episode in the series of macabre incidents that have rocked Israel in the last 10 days. In a suicide bomb attack on a bus in Haifa, the victims could be identified only through dna tests.

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