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Dolphinarium Discotheque Massacre

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The Dolphinarium discotheque massacre was a Palestinian terrorist suicide bombing apparently by the Palestinian group Hamas on June 1, 2001. A suicide bomber blew himself up outside a discotheque on the boardwalk beachfront in Tel Aviv, Israel, killing 21 teenagers and injuring 132 as part of the so-called Al-Aqsa Intifada, This area was  a part of Israel since before 1948. The victims were not "settlers."

Palestinian suicide bomber Saeed Hotari stood in line on Friday night in front of the Dolphinarium discotheque, when the area was packed with youngsters waiting for admission. The young Palestinian bomber reportedly taunted his victims before the explosion, banging a drum packed with explosives and ball bearings, while repeating the words in Hebrew: "Something's going to happen". At 20:30 hours, he detonated himself.

Documents seized during Operation Defensive Shield showed that Hotari's father, living in Jordan,  was paid $2000 by a branch of the "moderate" Palestinian Authority. 

Victims and their ages:  Maria Tagiltseva, 14; Yevgeniya Dorfman, 15; Raisa Nemirovskaya, 15; Yulia Sklyanik, 15; Ana Kazachkova, 15; Katherine Kastinyada, 15; Irina Nepomnyashaya, 16; Mariana Medvedenko, 16; Yulia Nalimova, 16; Liana Saakyan, 16; Marina Berkovskaya, 17; Simona Rudina, 17; Alexei Lupalo, 17; Yelena Nalimova, 18; Irina Osadchaya, 18; Ilya Gutman, 19; Sergei Panchenko, 20; Roman Dzhanashvili, 21; Diaz Nurmanov, 21; Jan Bloom, 25; Uri Shachar, 32.

Despite enormous public pressure, Israel did not react to the massacre, because European and American diplomats insisted on restraint. Palestinian Authority chairman Yasser Arafat condemned the bombing in public statements in English.

In March of 2011,  Riad al Malki, the Foreign Minister of the Palestinian Authority ty  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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