“Would You Like To Be Fried With That?”

The State has filed an indictment against the Tel Aviv bus bomb suspect.

Photo: Yaron Brener

A day after his 18th birthday, Muhammad Mafarji left a bag containing an explosive device on bus No. 142 which was traveling in Tel Aviv. About 10 minutes after the terrorist got off the bus, as it reached Shaul Hamelech Street, the device was activated.

Twenty-four people were injured in the bombing, which took place on the last day of Operation Pillar of Defense.

Mafarji was indicted Wednesday at the Tel Aviv District Court. The charges include multiple murder attempts, aiding the enemy during wartime, and conspiracy to commit a crime. The most serious charge of aiding the enemy could result in a life sentence.

According to the indictment, in the two months before the attack the culprit lived in his uncle’s house in Beit Lakiya while studying at Birzeit University near Ramallah. On the sixth day of the Israeli operation in Gaza, while shopping at a West Bank grocery shop, he expressed his desire to fight alongside Hamas activists in the Strip.

The store owner, Ahmed Mussa, asked him to come back later so he could guide him on how to fulfill his desire. He asked the young man to leave a bag on a bus as a trial.

On the eve of the attack, Mussa and Mafarji discussed the situation in Gaza and said they must stand by “the people dying there” and avenge the death of Hamas commander Ahmed Jabari. Mussa also asked Mafarji whether he knew any Israeli officials and promised to provide him with a gun to kill Israelis.

The Palestinian prepared the explosive device and handed it to the young man inside a bag with clothes. He drove him to the Kharbata checkpoint, where the culprit met with his manager at the McDonald’s restaurant in Modiin.

On the way there, Mafarji staged a phone call from his sick mother, pretended to cry and said he must get off at the Shilat Junction and go see her. After he got off the car, he took bus No. 111 to Tel Aviv.

He got off the bus in south Tel Aviv, moved to a different bus station, took a bus to north Tel Aviv and eventually got on bus No. 142 which was headed to Bat Yam. Before the bus reached its stop at the Diamond Exchange District in Ramat Gan, the terrorist pressed the button activating the explosive device and left the bag under the third seat on the right side of the bus.

Immediately after getting off the bus, he informed his operator.

When the bus reached the corner of Shaul Hamelech and Henrietta Szold streets opposite the Kirya base, Mussa activated the device through his cell phone, causing it to explode inside the bus, which was packed with dozens of passengers.

After the explosion, the culprit took a train from Tel Aviv to the city of Modiin and arrived at his workplace at 2 pm.

According to Prosecutor Hadas Forer-Gafni, “This is a very serious indictment. One of the serious charges is aiding the enemy at a time of war which could result in a life sentence, in addition to the other serious charges like attempted murder.”

A few “takeaways” from this story (yeah, pun intended):

  • The terrorist who helped Mafarji was a grocery store owner (add that to the bakerssoccer players, and UNRWA teachers). Had he been killed in an Israeli operation, people would cry out “civilian.”
  • McDonalds Modiin should seriously review its recruitment policy.
  • Arabs have jobs in Israel! Apartheid, much?
  • I call for the death sentence or, failing that, forcing him to live only off McDonalds for 5 years.

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comments

  • Jim from Iowa

    re: the fallback sentence of eating only at McDonald’s for 5 years. Allahu Akbar and Supersize Me!

  • Inessa

    I find it strange that “Aiding the enemy” is the most serious charge. I would think attempted murder multiplied by the number of passengers should result in several back to back life sentences. I think that if a charge like “aiding the enemy” is quoted in the media as the most serious charge, this aids the Palestenian propaganda to claim that Israel detains Palestenians on political charges such as being a member of a political group. It seems to detract from the murderous act.
    On the other hand, did this Mussa also get charged with “aiding the enemy”? Obviously, he should. Also, now that they are recognized by UN as a state, can’t that attract higher responsibility legally for crimes, where a citizen of a “state” commits a crime in another state?

  • Shirl in Oz

    OMG. I eat at Maccas in Modi’in a few months ago. Worst I have eaten anywhere in the world and that covers quite a large area.

    In Oz they make the best “Angus burgers” all with the Heart Foundation tick of approval

    For anyone that is a Coeliac. Maccas burgers world wide are gluten free. I believe in Europe they even make GF buns

  • http://www.yahoo.com Honorary

    I will tie him together with the grocery store ‘civilian’ glued these two muslimes in the bus with the bomb and drop the bus from the helicopter down into Hamas area with the note RTS -return to sender.

  • Travis

    I thought that in Israel treason during a time of war is a capital offense. Don’t worry, he will be in jail for a couple of years and then former and future Prime Minister Ehud Olmert (yemach shmo vazichro) will release him as a “good will gesture towards ‘Abu Mazne’ “.