Sharon to Pardon PA Official Who Planned School Bus Bombing (INN-ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) 01/27/05)
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Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is poised to pardon two PA officials
with proven ties to terrorism, including one of the planners of the
fatal November 2000 bombing of an Israeli school bus.
Rashid Abu Shabak, second-in-command of the PA Preventive Security
Services in Gaza, is one of two senior PA officials wanted for their
involvement in terror attacks whom PM Sharon has reportedly agreed
to remove from Israel’s list of wanted terrorists. The other
terrorist leader to be pardoned will be Tawfiq Tirawi. This will be
a “good-will gesture” toward Abu Mazen and the PA.
The gestures will apparently take place independently of the mired
diplomatic process. PA chief Abu Mazen called on Israel this
afternoon to agree to a mutual ceasefire involving all the terror
organizations. A newspaper in Qatar reported today that Abu Mazen
agrees to Sharon´s plan of establishing a temporary PA state on 42%
of Judea, Samaria and Gaza, and of pushing off final-status talks
for a later date.
The two terrorists to be pardoned have far-ranging terrorist
experience. Israel possesses a tape of Abu Shabak discussing plans
for the bombing of the school bus with the mastermind of the attack,
Preventative Security Service chief Mohammad Dahlan. Abu Shabak also
oversaw and coordinated the preparation of the bomb used in the
The attack on the school bus killed two Israeli teachers and
seriously wounded three young children from the Cohen family of
nearby Kfar Darom; all three children lost part of their legs.
As early as April 1997, Abu Shabak sent suicide bombers to target
two school buses outside the Netzarim and Kfar Darom communities.
Former IDF Chief of Staff Amnon Lipkin-Shahak identified the actual
bombers as police officers under the direct command of Dahlan and
One month before the Kfar Darom school bus attack, a busload of 40
Israeli women and children was also attacked by terrorists near the
Gush Katif junction in Gaza, just as it passed by a PA police
station. Israeli intelligence concluded that Dahlan and Abu Shabak
were behind that attack as well.
In addition to bus bombings, Abu Shabak has also been spotted
distributing mortar shells to Gaza terrorists to be fired at Israeli
towns. Israel also accuses him of being behind efforts to build a
factory in Gaza to produce large amounts of nitric acid for use in
The other official to be taken off the most-wanted list is Tawfik
Tirawi, who was "directly involved in organizing attacks, providing
financial aid to operatives involved in terrorist attacks and
preparing them to carry out the attacks," according to government
sources. Tirawi’s ties to terrorist activities have also been
documented extensively and even appear on the Israeli Foreign
Ministry’s web site. (More articles and original documents available
The pardoning of the two wanted terror chieftains comes as part of a
series of unilateral Israeli good-will gestures, including a
commitment to end targeted killing of terrorists and the deployment
of armed PA police across Gaza. It was reported today that the PA´s
deployment in southern Gaza, near Gush Katif, was being held up for
technical reasons; the required number of para-military policemen
has apparently not yet been rounded up.
Read commentary on Abu Shabak’s pardon and other issues on Arutz-7’s
new weblog, Fundamentally Freund. (IsraelNationalNews © 01/27/05)
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