A reader reminded me that today, June 1st, makes 10 years since a Hamas suicide bomber ruined the lives of hundreds of families in Israel with a single blast.
On June 1, 2001, a Hamas suicide bomber blew himself up outside a discotheque on a beachfront in Tel Aviv, Israel, killing 21 teenagers and injuring 132.
It’s now ten years later and much has changed for Hamas.
Today, thanks to a decade of weak Israeli leadership and intense pressure from the international community, Hamas has its very own terror state called Gaza, a stockpile of 10,000 rockets, millions of adoring European and American Leftist fans, and staunch new allies in Iran and ‘democratic’ Egypt.
Better still, today’s Hamas has a bona fide friend in the White House by the name of Barack Hussein Obama, a brilliant leader who thinks of the terrorist group as “a partner in peace,” not just with Mahmoud Abbas’s terrorist group Fatah, but with Israel, whether Israel likes it or not.
A couple of things remain the same, however. Above all is Hamas’s hatred for Jews and its lust for their blood. Especially young blood, like those they killed at the Dolphinarium discotheque. Their most recent victim, 16-year old Daniel Viflic, who in April of this year was in a school bus that was deliberately targeted by a Russian-made Hamas anti-tank rocket near Gaza.
Another thing that hasn’t changed is the West’s response to attacks by Hamas on Israel. The US and other governments applied heavy diplomatic pressure on Israel to refrain from action after the Dolphinarium suicide bombing, as everyone was obsessed with the Oslo Accords, and surely peace with the terrorists was imminent. Ten years and thousands of attacks later, these same countries continue to demand Israeli restraint.
From Wikipedia – The Dolphinarium discotheque suicide bombing was a terrorist attack by the Palestinian group Hamas on June 1, 2001 in which a suicide bomber blew himself up outside a discotheque on a beachfront in Tel Aviv, Israel, killing 21 teenagers and injuring 132.
Suicide bomber Saeed Hotari was standing in line on a Friday night in front of the Dolphinarium, when the area was packed with youngsters waiting for admission. Survivors of the attack later described how the young Palestinian bomber appeared to taunt his victims before the explosion, wandering among them dressed in clothes that led some to mistake him for an orthodox Jew from Asia, and banging a drum packed with explosives and ball bearings, while repeating the words in Hebrew: “Something’s going to happen”.
At 20:30 hours, he detonated. It was the second attack in five months on the same target.
Witnesses claimed that body parts lay all over the area, and that bodies were piled above one above another on the sidewalk before being collected. Many civilians in the vicinity of the bombing rushed to assist Emergency services.
Israeli officials called the attack a “massacre”, and many Israelis called for a massive retaliation. The government did not, however, take any immediate retaliatory action. US and other governments applied heavy diplomatic pressure on Israel to refrain from action. Yasser Arafat, then head of the Palestinian authority, condemned the attack and called for a cease-fire; however, the Second Intifada continued unabated for another four years. The attack was one of the reasons cited by the Israeli government for building the Israeli West Bank barrier.
In Ramallah dozens of Palestinians celebrated in the streets and fired in the air as a sign of happiness.  The bomber, Saeed Hotari was praised as a martyr by his father. President George W. Bush demanded that Arafat condemn the terrorist act.
According to the Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center, an Israeli-based organization with close ties to the IDF, among the materials seized by the IDF in the course of Operation Defensive Shield were two documents issued by the Martyrs’ Families and Injured Care Establishment, which falls under the authority of the Palestinian Authority’s Ministry of Social Affairs. The documents address the transfer of a grant in the sum of $2,000 to the father of the suicide bomber, who was living in Jordan at that time (June 18, 2001). According to the Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center, the transfer was made in spite of the suicide bomber’s Hamas affiliation, in spite of the father’s public support of the suicide bombing attack, and in spite of Yasser Arafat’s public condemnation of the suicide bombing attack.