Dummy Bomb A Suspected GSS Provocation

Anti-expulsion activists claim the fake bomb left in the Jerusalem Central Bus Station with a note decrying the Disengagement Plan is a provocation created by the Shabak (General Security Service).

Ezra HaLevi, | updated: 10:16

According to the activists, every single person entering the Central Bus Station undergoes a very thorough manual and electronic inspection. They say that one would have to have the kind of clearance afforded to security services in order to bring a bomb the size of the one found into the station. The Jerusalem bus station boasts one of the most thorough security setups in Israel. Passengers must pass through metal detectors and put their bags through x-ray machines before entering the station, which is closely watched by closed-circuit video cameras placed throughout the building.

The timing of the "discovery," they say, was also suspicious - allowing maximal live coverage of the event due to its proximity to prime-time nightly news programs.

"I would not discount the possibility that we are dealing with a coordinated provocation," MK Uri Ariel told Arutz-7.

The dummy bomb was discovered in one of the station's rest rooms and had a note attached to it reading, "the disengagement will blow up in your faces" - a reference to statements by former Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. (Ret.) Moshe Ya'alon regarding the Disengagement Plan. The device consisted of a 25-pound gas balloon attached to a clock, with wires protruding from it. The station was evacuated, causing an hour's delay for travelers.

The last time suspicious objects with messages regarding the Disengagement were left around the capital was May 17th - the day of the highly successful civil disobedience "dry-run." At that time, the stunt tied up traffic, but failed to draw attention away from the successful non-violent blocking of 40 intersections throughout the country and the 500 activists who willingly submitted to arrest in protest of the plan to uproot 25 Jewish communities in Gaza and northern Samaria. The morning of the next massive roadblockings, however, media attention was completely focused on the mysterious dumping of oil and nails on the Jerusalem-Tel Aviv highway, which largely distracted from the non-violent civil disobedience performed later in the day.

In the period following the signing of the Oslo Accords, the Shabak had at least one phony activist on its payroll whose job it was to create outrageous incitement and attack Arabs in order to create public outrage toward the right-wing. The agent, Avishai Raviv, was found in court to have worked with state-controlled television producers to stage swearing-in ceremonies for supposed underground groups that were prominently featured on the nightly news.

Interior Minister Ophir Pines-Paz (Labor) harshly blamed opponents of the Disengagement Plan for what he said was an act of terrorism. "This is neither a protest nor a demonstration. This is an act of terror - Jewish terror. Jewish terrorism aimed against Jews," Pines-Paz told Army Radio. "It is true the bomb didn't explode, but it caused exactly the same hysteria, the same panic, the same tying up of police and security forces and the same suffering to the population as any other terror attack."

MK Sha'ul Yahalom also condemned the dummy bomb, blaming it on right-wing Jews. "The extremists are making our position hated in the Israeli public, causing a desecration of G-d's name and deepening the fractures between different segments of the nation," he said.



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