Tragedy in Shfaram

Friday, August 05, 2005 | 
Shortly before 6 p.m. yesterday, a 19-year-old Jewish soldier, Eden Natan Zada, who went AWOL from the IDF a month ago, opened fired in an Egged bus in the northern Israeli Arab town of Shfaram, killing the driver and three others and wounding 12. Angry residents stormed the bus and lynched him. It took police five hours to retrieve his body. Later that evening, his parents told reporters that their son tried to convince the IDF that he was unfit to serve, openly expressing his opposition to the government’s plan to uproot Jews from their homes. He went AWOL after being assigned to disengagement-related work. The IDF has launched an investigation into the incident, while police and security forces are on alert for potential Arab riots such as those that occurred in October 2000. The Council of Jewish Communities in Judea and Samaria (Yesha Council) has refuted media efforts to link the attack to the anti-disengagement movement.

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