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Sunday, April 04, 2004

SHABBOS TERROR IN SAMARIA

Arab terrorist murdered father of six in his home Friday night
Teenage daughter wounded by gunshots


Yaacov Zaga, 40-year-old father of six,
murdered by terrorists in his own home, on Shabbos.

May those who grieve be comforted among the all the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem . . .

JPost: Ya'acov (Kobi) Zaga, 40, of Avnei Hefetz in Samaria, was buried today in Sgula cemetery near Petah Tikva.

Zaga was murdered and his daughter Hanni, 14, suffered light-to-moderate gunshot wounds when a terrorist infiltrated the community shortly before 1 a.m. on Saturday morning. Hani Zaga underwent surgery at Meir Hospital in Kfar Saba, and her condition was described as stable on Saturday.

The father was armed; the terrorist shot him at point blank range
Soldiers from the Nachshon Battalion shot and killed the terrorist, who was identified as Ramzi Arda, 18, of the Tulkarm refugee camp. Sources in the Shin Bet confirmed that was released last week from a military prison, where he had been incarcerated for "less than a few months" for throwing firebombs and stones at soldiers and civilians.

Shortly before 1 a.m., residents alerted soldiers at the base located next to the community that a girl had been wounded.

. . . at least two terrorists drove to a nearby village. "They parked their car and approaching the western side of Avnei Hefetz on foot. Then one of them left and the other entered in an area where there is no security fence," he said. "The terrorist reached a row of houses. The first two were dark, but he saw a light in the third house.

"He went around the back, kicked in the door of the utility room, and began shooting. Here we believe he wounded the daughter. The father went out the front of the house. He was armed with a gun and circled to the back of the house where he confronted the terrorist, who shot at him twice at point blank range, killing him."

HAMAS claimed responsibility for the attack.

More than 180 families live in Avnei Hefetz, Vinograd said. The Zaga family moved there 12 years ago. Ya'acov worked as a comptroller for United Mizrahi Bank and his wife Esther is a psychologist for the Samaria Regional Council.

"They are a wonderful family, and have six children. Their eldest daughter Hani was wounded in the attack, and their youngest, a daughter, is four years old," she said. "Esther immigrated from Argentina as a student and has no family here."
Arutz Sheva reports: Police transported the body victim of terror victim Yaakov Zagha and the terrorist who murdered him in the same ambulance.


According to the Israeli military, via AP, 25 settlements have been attacked during the Sabbath and holidays, with 41 Israelis killed and more than 60 injured -- since September 2000.


((((MEDIA BIAS))))


A Reuters story in the New York Times, -headlined "Palestinian Kills Israeli in West Bank Settlement"- has all of this to say about the attack:
Hamas said an attack on a Jewish settlement in the West Bank was a reprisal for Yassin's death. A gunman killed a settler and wounded his 12-year-old daughter before soldiers shot him dead.
Scroll down, these two sentences do not appear until the ninth paragraph.

WRITE TO DANIEL OKRENT, PUBLIC EDITOR AT THE NEW YORK TIMES: public@nytimes.com