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Thursday, July 31, 2003

Today is the first anniversary of the bombing at Hebrew University

Nine people, four Israelis and five foreign nationals -including Americans- were killed

- David (Diego) Ladowski, 29, of Jerusalem
- Levina Shapira, 53, of Jerusalem
- Marla Bennett, 24, of California (US)
- Benjamin Blutstein, 25, of Pennsylvania (US)
- Dina Carter, 37, of Jerusalem (US)
- Janis Ruth Coulter, 36, of New York (US)
- David Gritz, 24, of Massachusetts (US-France)
- Daphna Spruch, 61, of Jerusalem died of her wounds on Aug 10.
- Revital Barashi, 30, of Jerusalem died of her wounds on Aug 13.

. . . and 85 were injured a year ago today, when a bomb exploded in a crowded cafeteria on the Hebrew University Mount Scopus campus. Most of the injured were young, between 18 and 30.

The Mount Scopus campus was inaugurated in 1925, and was located on Jewish land long before the establishment of the State of Israel.

Hamas claimed responsibility, and a Hamas rally in Gaza celebrated the attack. An estimated 10,000 Palestinian men, women and children celebrated in the streets with clapping, singing and distributing sweets, while carrying pictures of Hamas leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, and calling for more suicide bombings.

Mention of the rally was omitted by The New York Times, The Washington Post and the BBC. The AP noted the rally but didn't mention any celebrations. See HonestReporting's Communique of 2 August 2002.

For some reason, I can't post this photo of the rally from the archives of Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA).