Terrorists strike tourists in Egypt...again.
At least 30 people have been killed
, 114 injured today when a truck bomb blew up the Hilton hotel in Taba, Egypt, a resort town in the Sinai. A concurrent explosion
occurred nearby in Nuweiba, Egypt, and early casualty reports there are 4 dead, 40 wounded. The apparent target? The many Israeli families who were vacationing in the area, celebrating Simchas Torah. The less-apparent target? The $4 billion/year 7 million people/year Egyptian tourism industry
, a crucial
part of that country's economy. While this is not the first time
that tourists from Israel have been singled out worldwide, it's also part of a decade-long pattern of mass-casualty terrorist attacks
against tourists from multiple countries within Egypt. Keeping in mind that one of the most devastating economic after-effects of 9/11 was the blow it dealt to air travel
and tourism worldwide
, not to mention close calls
and tragic events
at famed tourist destinations
, is tourism-terrorism
going to become the wave of the future?
posted by Asparagirl
on Oct 7, 2004 -
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said yesterday that Israel is on the verge of a civil war
. The Israeli Knesset held an emergency session on Tuesday to discuss the growing threat of violence and anti-government assassinations
--but this time, the anti-Sharon and anti-Likud threats are from the Israeli Right
, not Left.
Angry settlers (who are about to become ex
-settlers), egged on by a few extremist rabbis
, oppose Israel's disengagement and pullout plan from Gaza (which is already underway) and the West Bank: "The General Security Service (GSS) believes that the next assassin of an Israeli Prime Minister is already here and is looking for an opportunity to strike. "This is not an academic possibility anymore. The danger is clear and present. A small core of settlers believes that Sharon is disengagement, and disengagement is Sharon, and they want to stop him," a GSS official told Channel 1 TV. "There are people who have already taken the decision that, come the day they are going to 'save Eretz Israel, that they are going to kill the PM or a minister, a defense official or a policeman."
Ironically, the only people who oppose the pullout/disengagement plan even more than the settlers are Palestinians, who oppose it 65% to 34%
in a new poll, down from a previous support of 73% in February. [more inside]
posted by Asparagirl
on Jul 6, 2004 -