April 29, 2001: Attempted bombing of school bus in West Bank

On April 29, 2001 a Palestinian suicide bomber tried to blow up a school bus carrying the children of Jewish settlers in Nablus but only killed himself.

NABLUS, WEST BANK – Are there NO limits when it comes to terrorist attacks? How about targeting kids?

If you follow news in Israel and Palestine you know there is seldom much good to report. Both sides seem intent on wasting no opportunity to waste an opportunity, as the saying goes. While there are voices on each end that really want to see decades (centuries?) of hatred go away there always seem to be more that want it to continue.

We tend to hear more about attacks by the Palestinian factions, but they are not the only guilty ones. Jewish extremists, many of whom are described as ‘settlers‘, i.e. those insisting on taking over land which is part of what is supposed to eventually be a full-blown Palestinian state, are also a pain in the ass. Two recent news stories about Jewish extremist actions against Christians and Muslims do not get the coverage they should.

Wait, what are we arguing over again? (Photo: Alisdare Hickson on Flickr, CC BY-NC 2.0)

No matter what you think of religious zealots who are convinced that ‘God’ has promised certain land to them, you have to agree that any reaction by those opposed cannot include the truly innocent – i.e. children.

Tell that to the terrorists.

On this day in 2001

A Palestinian suicide bomber tried to blow up a school bus carrying the children of Jewish settlers in Nablus. Luckily he succeeded only in killing himself.

An especially grave and serious attack.

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak after a similar attack in 2008

This was not the first time kids on their way to school had been targeted. A rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) launched by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) at a bus near Mosha Avivim killed several in May 1970. Who the hell thinks aiming bombs and explosives at children is ok?

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By Phil Gurski

Phil Gurski is the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting Ltd. Phil is a 32-year veteran of CSE and CSIS and the author of six books on terrorism.

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