40 Years to the Palestinian ARAB MASSACRE of ISRAELI SCHOOL CHILDREN at AVIVIM (1970)

40 Years to the Palestinian ARAB MASSACRE of ISRAELI SCHOOL CHILDREN at AVIVIM (1970)

On May 22, 1970, members of The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine – General Command (PFLP-GC) led by Ahmed Jebril, ambushed an Israeli school bus that was driving along the road between Avivim to Dovev in Israel. Twelve civlians were killed, among them eight children. Israel retaliated against the Palestinian strongholds along the border. Thus began a long period of terror raids against Israel in the western and northeastern Galilee that lasted until Israel initiated Operation Peace for Galilee in June 1982
http://www.ict.org.il/Articles/tabid/66/Articlsid/291/currentpage/5/Default.aspx

Avivim School Bus Massacre Multimedia Information
Page updated on Jun 9, 2010

Early in the morning, the bus departed from Avivim heading with its passengers to two local schools. This route had been scouted by the militants, believed to have infiltrated from Lebanon, and an ambush was set up. As the bus passed by, ten minutes after leaving Avivim, it was attacked by heavy gunfire from both sides of the road. The driver was amongst those hit in the initial barrage, as were the two other adults on board. The three were killed as 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.

Israel retaliated for the massacre by shelling four Lebanese villages, killing 20 people, injuring 40, and spurring thousands of southern Lebanon’s residents to flee north. This in turn provided one of the motivations for the Dawson’s Field hijackings of September 6, 1970. The IDF also began patrolling regularly inside southern Lebanon after the massacre.
http://www.sandiegoaccountantsguide.com/library/Avivim-school-bus-massacre.php

Bus: Webster’s Quotations, Facts and Phrases – Page 336
Icon Group International, Inc. – 2008 – 575 pages
Avivim school bus massacre. An ambush attack known as the Avivim school bus massacre took place on May.. 1970 near Avivim, an agricultural community in Israel founded in 1963 by Moroccan immigrants.
http://books.google.com/books?id=HG2NVsFbQZ0C&pg=PA336

Not shooting and not crying: psychological inquiry into moral …
Ruth Linn – 1989 – 162 pages [Page 14]
On May.., 1970, nine pupils and three teachers from a village in the Galilee (Avivim) were killed and nineteen other children wounded, when their bus was attacked by bazookas from an ambush.
http://books.google.com/books?&id=Tb7eAAAAMAAJ&dq=Avivim

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