Terror group unconcerned at American deaths

Palestinian militant group Hamas did not appear concerned today that its terror bomb attack on a Jerusalem university had killed more Americans than Israelis.

Palestinian militant group Hamas did not appear concerned today that its terror bomb attack on a Jerusalem university had killed more Americans than Israelis.

A leading official, Abdel Aziz Rantisi, said it didn’t matter that mostly Americans were killed since it was an attack against Israeli occupation.

"We are fighting on our occupied land, and we didn’t go to America or France," he said.

"It is better for America and France to advise their citizen not to go to a war and resistance territories."

The remote controlled blast in cafeteria at the Hebrew University killed seven people - five of them Americans.

In the Gaza Strip, an estimated 10,000 people rallied to celebrate the attack and endorsed calls for more "martyrdom operations."

Hamas said the bombing was in revenge for an Israeli attack last week that killed the leader of its military wing and nine children.

Not all Palestinians joined in the celebrations as the Mount Scopus campus of Hebrew University is a popular gathering spot for Jewish, Arab and foreign students.

Two Palestinian universities, Al Quds on the edge of Jerusalem and Bethlehem University, sent their condolences to the families of the victims.

In an advert published in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, the Palestinian universities said they "share in your sorrow over the murder of your dear ones and the repugnant attack."

US Ambassador Daniel Kurtzer, a former student at the university, today denounced Palestinian terror attacks and laid a wreath at the blast site.

"The terrorist murderers - those who sent them and those whose action and inaction contributed to this despicable act - have descended to a new depth of depravity," he said.

"They have violated the sanctuary of a university, in which Israelis, Arabs, Jews, Muslims and Christians study together."

Police arrested a number of Arab employees of the university on suspicion of having aided the bomber.

The university student newspaper had printed two articles in April warning of lax security at the university, including one that imagined a suicide bomber blowing himself up inside the Sinatra cafeteria, killing seven people, said editor-in-chief Yaniv Tohorylef.

He said the cafeteria was in a particularly vulnerable position near a fence.

In new violence today, a 27-year-old Israeli man, his hands and feet bound, was found dead with a gunshot wound to the head in his factory office near the Palestinian West Bank town of Tulkarem.

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