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Wednesday, April 30, 2003

Terror attack in Tel Aviv - 4 dead, 50 wounded

The suicide bombing destroyed a seaside restaurant near the US Embassy at 1 a.m. Wednesday. The security guard at the door prevented the attacker from entering, and was seriously injured in the blast.

Among the wounded was Jack Baxter, 50, of Manhattan - a documentarian who once wrote news stories for the New York Post. A French citizen was also hurt (New York Post).

The Tanzim branch of Arafa'ts Fatah organization and Hamas both took responsibility for the attack in a joint operation (Ha'aretz).

David Baker, an official in the Israeli Prime Minister's office, said that the attack was evidence that "Palestinian terrorism has not been reined in." U.S. State Department spokeswoman Nancy Beck said, "There can be no excuse for the violence and terrorist attacks the Israeli people have been forced to endure" (Jerusalem Post).

--from the Daily Alert, prepared for the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, in association with Access/Middle East by the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs.