Saturday, August 06, 2005

Normal Backgound

Background: Fueled by reality.

It was just what the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) feared.

Another "quiet," young Israeli from a city in the country's secular heartland who
found religion before becoming tormented by the path his government had decided to take.

Like Yitzhak Rabin's assassin Yigal Amir, Eden Tzuberi (Zada), 19, was not one of the prominent far-right activists for the Greater Land of Israel
spouting hatred.

Though he appeared on some Shin Bet lists, he was rather anonymous, unconsciously camouflaged by the thousands of the settlement movement's entirely peaceful activists. His newfound fanaticism fueled his hatred, and compelled him to do what the vast majority of settlers think unconscionable.

Tzuberi caps a line of Jewish terrorists that began in the 1980s with the Jewish underground which maimed several Palestinian mayors in the West Bank and plotted to blow up the mosques on the Temple Mount. In 1985, 27 men belonging to the group were sentenced to various prison terms.

In 1994, Baruch Goldstein, a Kiryat Arba physician, burst into Hebron s Cave of the Patriarchs and gunned down 29 Palestinian worshipers. As with Tzuberi, when Goldstein stopped shooting, the crowd pummeled him to death.

But Tzuberi most seems a hybrid of Amir and Ami Popper, a 21-year-old soldier who shot dead seven and wounded 10 Palestinian workers from Gaza
waiting for transport near Tzuberi's hometown of Rishon Lezion. The IDF pronounced Popper deranged, but psychiatrists declared him fit for trial. He is currently serving seven life sentences.

Like Amir, Tzuberi struck far from what was considered "the front," in this case the area around Gush Katif. He struck in Israel's heartland, gunning down Israeli Arabs, who polls show feel alienated from the now deadly
disengagement debate.

But according to reports, people like Tapuah s Yekutiel Ben-Ya'acov and Kahane Chai spokesman Itamar Ben-Gvir pronounced him a "normal young man."

Amir was said to have had the same "soulful" qualities.
We warned IDF.

Emotions ran high Thursday night in the Rishon Letzion home of the Natan-Zada family, whose son Eden, 19, killed four bus passengers in Shfaram.

"Every day he sees terror attacks. Every day he hears they're evacuating us, evicting us from our home. What is he supposed to do," asked Eden's 21-year old brother Itai.


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