A Jewish man dressed in IDF uniform opened fire on a bus in the northern town of Shfaram Thursday evening, killing at least 4 people and wounding nearly a dozen more. The shooter, Natan Eden Zadah, 19, was also killed when he was assaulted by a mob of furious bystanders and witnesses. He apparently went AWOL 77 days ago to protest the disengagement. Thousands gathered around the site of the attack and surrounded the bus, where the attacker’s body still lay until police removed it nearly five hours after the incident.
Sharon had the following to say:
The government is determined to protect the lives of Israel’s citizens, from all ethnic communities and sectors; I have instructed the security services to accord the highest priority to investigating this terrorist attack.
Ikutiel Ben Yaacov, the founder of the far-right Jewish Legion group based in the West Bank settlement of Tapuah, had a rather different take:
We hope that [Natan] Eden [Zadah]’s death will not have been in vain…his murder will derail this sadistic disengagement plan.
Two of the victims were adolescent girls. Police and IDF were called into Shafaram in case of riots. A general strike has been called by Israeli Arabs to protest. This is clearly not a good thing when IDF forces and the police are already spread thin for disengagement.