- The Washington Times - Monday, August 13, 2001

JERUSALEM — A suicide bomber blew himself up on the patio of a restaurant near the northern Israeli coastal town of Haifa, killing himself and wounding up to 20 persons, Israeli authorities said.
The bombing resembled a Palestinian suicide attack on Thursday at a Jerusalem pizzeria that killed 15 and wounded about 100. However, in that attack the assailant went inside and his bomb sprayed shrapnel and nails throughout the densely packed restaurant.
In yesterday's attack, the bomber set off his explosives on the patio outside the restaurant, shredding an awning, overturning tables and chairs and leaving the patio of the Wall Street Cafe covered with blood.
The force of the blast was less powerful than if it had taken place inside, and almost all the injuries were light, said police and rescue workers in Kiryat Motzkin, a suburb north of Haifa, about 50 miles north of Tel Aviv.
[Israeli soldiers fatally shot 8-year-old Sabreen Ijrewi in the head and wounded another 12 persons during an exchange of fire with Palestinian gunmen in the city of Hebron, local witnesses and hospital sources told Reuters news agency.
The Israeli army said it was checking the report. It said two Israeli border police had been wounded when the Palestinians opened fire on Israeli forces and a Jewish neighborhood in the divided city.]
A spokesman in Beirut for Islamic Jihad, the radical group that carried out numerous previous bombings, claimed responsibility for the attack in Kiryat Motzkin.
But as with previous bomb attacks, Israeli officials said Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat bore ultimate responsibility for his refusal to arrest Palestinian militant groups such as Islamic Jihad and Hamas.
"Arafat believes he can continue to support this wave of terrorism against Israeli civilians without any international pressure or condemnation," said Dore Gold, an adviser to Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. "Israel cannot tolerate this trail of terror."
Mr. Sharon's government responded to Thursday's attack by taking over Palestinian political offices and security buildings in and around disputed East Jerusalem.
Israel's security forces maintained a tough stance in the area yesterday, with the army shutting a Palestinian communications center and police pushing back demonstrators for a third straight day outside a Palestinian political headquarters now under Israeli control.
Palestinians called for a "day of rage" today to protest the Israeli crackdown in East Jerusalem and its suburb of Abu Dis.
"Israel opened the battle for Jerusalem and we will resist this new aggression," Ahmed Qureia, speaker of the Palestinian parliament, said at a news conference. "We will not forget until they withdraw from each centimeter of Jerusalem."
Israel has claimed all of Jerusalem since capturing the eastern sector in the 1967 Middle East war, while the Palestinians want it as the capital of a future state.
About 40 protesters, most of them Palestinians, pushed and shoved with Israeli police in the street outside Orient House, a building that has served as the unofficial Palestinian headquarters in East Jerusalem.
Also, Israeli troops with automatic rifles entered the Palestine Telecommunications building and told workers to leave within minutes, employees said.
The office, which handles Palestinian telephones in the Jerusalem area, is part of a Palestinian compound in Abu Dis, on the edge of East Jerusalem.

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