TULKARM, West Bank – On March 26, Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) announced that it arrested Omar Jabar, the alleged mastermind behind the 2002 Passover suicide bombing in Netanya. Jabar, thought to be the head of Hamas’ military wing in Tulkarm, was arrested with seven wanted men when Israeli troops raided the house where Jabar’s aide was thought to be living. Jabar tried to flee but was caught in the raid conducted by the IDF and Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency).
It is suspected that Jabar recruited the guide who led the attacker to the Park Hotel on March 27, 2002. It is also suspected that Jabar had a role in planning the attack. The attack, also known as the Passover Massacre, was the single deadliest suicide bombing during the five year Palestinian uprising. 29 people were killed in the bombing, while nearly 150 others were injured.
Lt.-Col. Nir Bar-On led the raid that led to Jabar’s arrest. He stated, “Capturing him today, six years after the attack and a day before [its] anniversary, is symbolic and shows how the IDF and the Shin Bet do not rest or stop even for a moment to protect the state of Israel.”
For more information, please see:
AFP – Israel Nabs Hamas Commander Wanted Over 2002 Attack – 26 March 2008
BBC – Israel Passover Bomb Suspect Held – 26 March 2008
CNN – Alleged Passover Massacre Plotter Arrested – 26 March 2008
Ha’aretz – IDF Captures Hamas Man Behind 2002 Passover Bombing at Netanya Hotel – 26 March 2008
Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Terrorist Involved in Passover 2002 Netanya Park Hotel Arrested – 26 March 2008
Jerusalem Post – IDF Nabs Pessah Bombing Mastermind – 26 March 2008