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Wednesday, May 24, 2006

The following press release was issued to the U.S. media concerning the apprehension of Ibrahim Hamad, who is believed responsible for the terrorist attack on the Mount Scopus campus of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem on July 31, 2002:

AMERICAN FRIENDS OF THE HEBREW UNIVERSITY REACTS TO APPREHENSION OF TERROR SUSPECT ACCUSED OF MASTERMINDING THE MURDER OF NINE PEOPLE, INCLUDING FIVE AMERICANS, ON HEBREW UNIVERSITY CAMPUS IN 2002


May 24, 2006, New York, NY - In response to the capture yesterday of Ibrahim Hamed, head of one of Hamas' armed branches, Peter Willner, National Executive Director of the American Friends of The Hebrew University (AFHU), said the following:

On July 31, 2002, nine innocent people, including Janis Ruth Coulter, the assistant director of the Office of Academic Affairs of the Hebrew University and a beloved AFHU colleague, were brutally murdered by a suicide bomber at a student cafeteria on the Mount Scopus campus of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. With the capture of Ibrahim Hamed, the terrorist mastermind behind the attack, justice can finally be served.

The Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency), the Israeli Defense Force, and the Border Police have our deepest gratitude for their bravery and dedication, which continue to prevent terror attacks and save the lives of countless people in Israel every day.

At this time, we remember those who were killed on that tragic day in July 2002. We honor their memories with a promise that long-delayed justice will finally be served. But perhaps even more importantly, we honor their memories with renewed hope that Israel, the United States and our allies will soon defeat terrorism, wherever it may occur.

The diversity among those who were murdered and wounded in the attack attests to the fact that when Hamas terrorists struck Hebrew University's International Student Center, they not only murdered the innocent, but they also symbolically attacked the aspirations of understanding, tolerance and the quest for peace."

The nine victims of the attack were:

Marla Bennett, from San Diego, CA, a student at the Rothberg International School of The Hebrew University and at the Pardes Institute for Jewish Studies.

Benjamin Blutstein, from Harrisburg, PA, also a joint student at Rothberg and Pardes.

Dina Carter, who emigrated to Israel from North Carolina in 1990, an employee of the Jewish National and University Library at The Hebrew University.

Janis Ruth Coulter, from Boston, MA, assistant director of the Office of Academic Affairs of The Hebrew University in New York.

David Gritz, from Paris (a French and U.S. citizen), who was about to begin his summer ulpan at the Rothberg School.

David Diego Ladowski, from Argentina, a graduate of The Hebrew University who was about to begin a diplomatic assignment for Israel in Peru.

Levina Shapira, head of the Student Services Department of The Hebrew University.

Dafna Spruch, an employee of the Student Services Department

Revital Barashi, who worked at the Faculty of Law of The Hebrew University.

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