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Bomb kills at least one, injures 30 in Jerusalem

by Brad A. Greenberg

March 23, 2011 | 2:08 pm

It seems like it’s been a relatively long while since a bombing rocked Jerusalem. No longer:

One woman was killed and at least three dozen people were injured when a bomb exploded in central Jerusalem.

Two of the injuries in the attack, which took place shortly before 3 p.m. Wednesday, were considered serious, according to news reports citing Magen David Adom, Israel’s version of the Red Cross. One of the injured went straight to surgery at Hadassah Hospital; five others are reported in moderate condition, injured by shrapnel packed into the 2- to 4-pound bomb. ...

President Obama in condemning the Jerusalem bombing stressed that “Israel, like all other nations, has a right to self-defense” and “in the strongest possible terms.” In the same statement, Obama offered condolences for the deaths Tuesday of Palestinian civilians in Gaza that were caused by Israeli tank fire.

“There is never any possible justification for terrorism,” Obama said. “We stress the importance of calm and urge all parties to do everything in their power to prevent further violence and civilian casualties.”

Similarly, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in a statement issued from Russia, where he is on an official visit, condemned the attack as well as the Israeli military’s attacks in Gaza that killed eight Palestinians, including the three civilians.

No one has taken credit, but a spokesman for Islamic Jihad praised the bombing.

Let’s hope this isn’t the start of something new. It’s bad enough that for years rockets have been fired from Gaza into southern Israel. A surge of these attacks this week led to Israel responding with airstrikes.

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