State-controlled Al Gomhuria calls Monday’s suicide bombing ’sacrificial,
martyrdom attack,’ warns more attacks to follow
YNET – Associated Press 18 Aprill 2006
An Egyptian state-controlled newspaper praised Monday’s suicide attack in
Tel Aviv, which killed nine people and wounded dozens, calling it an act of
sacrifice and martyrdom.
Egypt has always taken pains to condemn the violence by both sides in the
Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It is exceptional for one of the country’s
three biggest newspapers, whose editor is effectively appointed by President
Hosni Mubarak, to endorse a Palestinian attack on Israeli civilians.
“It is not required of the Palestinian people that they raise their hands in
surrender, accept the daily Israeli attacks and watch waves of settlers
occupy their land and build settlements,” Wrote Al Gomhuria in an editorial
of its Tuesday edition.
“It is not required of the Palestinian people that they clap Israel and its
allies while they mobilize the whole world to besiege the
heroic (Palestinian) people … Because they have chosen Hamas,” The
editorial said, referring to the United States and European Union’s cutting
off funds to the Palestinian Authority because its Hamas government refuses
to renounce violence. “For all that, the sacrificial and martyrdom attack
occurred in the heart of Tel Aviv, and there will be more later,” The daily
warned. In the Islamic faith, a martyr goes to heaven.
A spokesman for the Israeli Embassy in Cairo declined to comment on the
editorial because he had not yet read it. Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas
condemned the attack. U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan and numerous Western
governments denounced the attack, but the Hamas government defended it as a
legitimate response to Israeli “aggression.”
The Islamic Jihad terror group, a rival of Hamas, claimed responsibility for
the bombing. Its members celebrated the attack by handing out pastries in
the streets of Gaza.
Israel said it held Hamas responsible for the attack – even though Islamic
Jihad had claimed responsibility