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0202 – Points of View from Jerusalem


“On January 28, 2002, the sounds of an Israeli bus exploding echoed throughout the city of Jerusalem announcing a new martyrdom attack that injured and killed 90 Israelis.

It was announced only a few hours later that Wafaa Idris, the first female martyr of the Al-Aqsa Intifada, [1] had detonated an explosive device that she was wearing while on the bus; this began a series of martyrdom attacks by [Palestinian] female commandos.

The martyr Wafaa Idris was a 27-year old refugee from the city of Al-Ramleh. She and her family lived in Al-Amari refugee camp in the city of Ramallah where she was a first aid volunteer in the Red Crescent.”

– Qalandia Media Center

0202 Editor’s Note:
[1] The Al-Aqsa Intifada, also called the Second Intifada, was a mass Palestinian uprising that began in 2000 after then-opposition leader Ariel Sharon visited Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound during his campaign for prime minister. This act was seen as a highly provocative move to Palestinians, who perceived his presence on the mosque’s grounds as part and parcel of Israeli intentions for increased sovereignty over the holy site. While there are a number of other reasons attributed to the breakout of violence which took over 4,000 lives and spanned more than 4 years, Sharon's visit was the first notable reason for the large-scale outbreak of violence.

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