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 The Avivim school bus massacre was a Palestinian terrorist attack on an Israeli school bus on May 8, 1970 in which 12 Israeli civilians were killed, nine of them children, and 25 were wounded. The attack took place on the road to Moshav Avivim, near Israel's border with Lebanon. Two bazooka shells were fired at the bus. The attack was one of the first carried out by the PFLP-GC. The area in question was not part of the territories acquired in 1967. The victims were not "settlers." 

Early in the morning, the bus departed from Avivim heading with its passengers to two local schools. As the bus passed by, ten minutes after leaving Avivim, it was attacked in ambush by heavy gunfire from both sides of the road. The driver was among those hit in the initial barrage as were the two other adults on board. The bus crashed into an embankment as the attackers continued firing into the vehicle.

The children, who were in first to third grade, were buried in a special plot in Safed. A monument commemorating the victims of the attack stands in the middle of the moshav.

The victims (ages in parentheses): Ester Avikezer (23), Yehuda Ohayon (10),  Yafa Batito (8), Shimon Azran (35), Mimon Biton (7), Haviva Biton (7),  Chana Biton (8),  Shimon Biton (9),  Shulamit Biton (9), Machluf Biton (28), Aliza Peretz (14), Rami Yarkoni (29), 

 

In March of 2011,  Riad al Malki, the Foreign Minister of the Palestinian Authority   stated at the time of the Itamar Massacre:

The killing of an infant and the slaughtering of people ... was never carried out by any Palestinians for national motives or revenge.

Ami Isseroff

March 21, 2011


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Hebrew/Arabic pronunciation and transliteration conventions:

'H; ('het) a guttural sound made deep in the throat. To Western ears it may sound like the "ch" in loch. In Arabic there are several letters that have similar sounds. Examples: 'hanukah, 'hamas, 'haredi. Formerly, this sound was often represented by ch, especially in German transliterations of Hebrew. Thus, 'hanukah is often rendered as Chanuka for example.

ch; (chaf) a sound like "ch" in loch or the Russian Kh as in Khruschev or German Ach, made by putting the tongue against the roof of the mouth. In Hebrew, a chaf can never occur at the beginning of a word. At the beginning of a word, it has a dot in it and is pronounced "Kaf."

u; usually between oo as in spoon and u as in put.

a- sounded like a in arm

ah- used to represent an a sound made by the letter hey at the end of a word. It is the same sound as a. Haganah and Hagana are alternative acceptable transliterations.

'a-notation used for Hebrew and Arabic ayin, a guttural ah sound.

o; close to the French o as in homme.

th; (taf without a dot); Th was formerly used to transliterate the Hebrew taf sound for taf without a dot. However in modern Hebrew there is no detectable difference in standard pronunciation of taf with or without a dot, and therefore Histadruth and Histadrut, Rehovoth and Rehovot are all acceptable.

q- (quf); In transliteration of Hebrew and Arabic, it is best to consistently use the letter q for the quf, to avoid confusion with similar sounding words that might be spelled with a kaf, which should be transliterated as K. Thus, Hatiqva is preferable to Hatikva for example.


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