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      Terrorists Send Drugged Child To Attack Jews

      Two very young Palestinian terrorists - 10 and 13 years old - infiltrated the Jewish town of Netzarim in Gaza last night, armed with knives. At least one of them was "totally drugged, unable to answer our most basic questions," said Brig.-Gen. Yisrael Ziv, IDF Commander of the Gaza Division. They attacked a Jewish boy, entered a house, and were shot at - though not before one of them was hosted
      First Publish: 1/12/2003, 8:03 PM

      Two very young Palestinian terrorists - 10 and 13 years old - infiltrated the Jewish town of Netzarim in Gaza last night, armed with knives. At least one of them was "totally drugged, unable to answer our most basic questions," said Brig.-Gen. Yisrael Ziv, IDF Commander of the Gaza Division. They attacked a Jewish boy, entered a house, and were shot at - though not before one of them was hosted graciously by a resident who thought his guest was a Thai worker. They were finally captured by security forces and taken to an Israeli hospital for treatment.

      Gen. Ziv said that it is still not known who sent the two boys, "but this is not the first time the terrorists have used children in such a cynical manner. Just a week ago, they did the same thing in the area of Elei Sinai... It's clear that the terrorists did not think that by sending these children, they would succeed in killing anyone; instead, their criminal thoughts were that the very deaths [of the children terrorists in the course of the attack] would give Israel a bad name... Sometimes they do the same with mentally unbalanced people; it just impossible to tolerate this type of behavior..." (See next item below.)

      Tami Silberschein, an American immigrant from New Jersey, granted Arutz-7 an exclusive, first-hand account of last night's attack. "We were walking back home, and we heard shots that were very close... We hear shooting all the time, [but ] this was very close... The two terrorists entered a house near our home, and they tried to attack a child there [whose] father came and shot - that was the shooting we heard. [He] succeeded in hitting one of the terrorists, and the other one continued running down towards [us]. At that point, my husband ran outside and saw the terrorist and said, 'Who are you?' The terrorist said, 'I'm from here,' but with an Arabic accent... As my husband got his gun ready, the terrorist started running towards the rabbi's house." At that point, Tami's husband took the necessary precautions, including putting on a helmet and bulletproof vest, placing the children in a closed room, locking all windows and doors, and chasing after the Arab would-be murderer. The latter entered the house of the rabbi, who shot and lightly wounded him, at which point he ran out and was met by the man who thought he was a Thai worker and gave him a drink of water.

      What was Tami doing all this time? "I didn't lose control [and] tried to concentrate on what I should be doing... I was with my M-16 [rifle] ready. I got all four children behind the bed, turned off the lights, the younger children were crying and I quickly got them pacifiers to keep them calm. I said to them clearly, 'there's a terrorist in the yishuv [town], you must be quiet, completely quiet, you can't move."

      Silberschein, a resident of Netzarim for almost seven years, narrowly averted death in a terrorist attack on the road near her town over two years ago, shortly before the start of the Oslo War. She and her family have no intention of leaving their home, despite repeated terrorist attacks on her town: "We feel we are protected on a deeper level by G-d, because we feel we are on a very important mission here… It's important to settle all parts of Israel out of a duty we have to settle the land." She said that she has "no regrets living here and bringing up my children here."

      Netzarim is a town on Israel's southern Mediterranean coast, detached from the Gush Katif bloc of Jewish communities and surrounded by territory ceded to the PLO in the early days of the Oslo Agreements. Silberschein said that Netzarim is a "strong community, a community of people who have strong beliefs." Regarding the phenomenon of using children to carry out terrorist attacks against innocent civilians (see below), she said that Israel is faced with a conflict against a "wicked and immoral people who send their children to kill."
      You may hear here the entire interview with Tami Silberschein.