Recently, a former Hamas terrorist from the Gaza Strip disclosed that the mission at Hebrew University during October 7 of 2002 was simply to kill anyone and everyone present at the scene. The tragic event ended with nine innocent individuals shot dead, including several children.
Speaking to the Israeli Authorities, the suspect in question, referred to as Alaa, confessed that the shooting was unplanned and totally random. Allegedly, Alaa said, “[I] decided not to return home empty handed,” meaning he had no intention of leaving the building without the deaths of multiple people.
At the time, Hamas had already terrorized Israelis for months, and although they had a plan of occupation, Alaa’s intention was to destabilize and intimidate. He of course, denies any notion of terrorism, claiming that he acted alone in spite of proposals made up by Hamas’ leadership.
Hamas’ goal, according to Alaa, was to bring back the “shock and terror” in the hearts of Israelis. Alaa, however, claims to be remorseful for the shooting, which resulted in the deaths of five young adults, three girls and a boy less than ten years old.
The Israeli Authorities will continue to investigate this case and, if necessary, find those responsible for endorsing this terror attack. Unfortunately, whatever the outcome, no amount of investigation can bring back those innocent lives lost that October day.