Hamas Bomb Expert Who Accidentally Blew Up Hamas Bomb Squad Liked to Jump Up and Down on Bombs

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Hamas bomb experts, like all terrorists, are a lot better at detonating bombs than they are at not detonating them.

Take Muqata’s revelation about the Hamas bomb expert who blew up an AP reporter and the rest of his Hamas bomb disposal unit, and his unique expertise in bomb disposal techniques.

In the failed rocket disarming attempt on a dud Israeli shell, we reported that Hazem Abu Murad, the head of the Hamas bomb disposal unit and 4 of its members, along with an Italian AP journalist Simone Camilli were killed by the blast and 6 others were seriously wounded.

The bomb squad’s professionalism is questionable, certainly their technique was unique.

“An anxious crowd watched on Thursday as Hazem Abu Murad and his team stood over a unexploded one-tonne Israeli bomb in a field of tomato and potato plants.

“It’s already been disabled! Don’t worry – it won’t explode!” he shouted, jumping up and down on the bomb.”

This wasn’t the shell that killed everyone, but you get the idea that Hazem did better with bombs that were disabled or that had no explosives or that were made out of chocolate.

But when you’re a terrorist, you don’t have to think about bomb disposal.


  • andy semyte

    Hey- that paid-for-by-US-goyim-taxpayers bomb was meant to kill women and children.

    • yoelk

      Yes, anti semite=andy semyte, we see that immediate.When you try to be cute, we know that you realize that you are loosing, Achmad , Go over to the dummies at the NYT, to play you games, or to 42nd Street to ply your trade., Better still, jump off of a bridge.

    • quousque

      Why don’t you join these crack bomb disposal squads in Gaza; your intellect will shine right through.

  • pete-unlinked

    huh, and my high school auto mechanics instructor used to tell us, when having fixed the vehicle, “Take it out and beat on it!”

  • DogmaelJones1

    I once saw a guy — a certified, card-carrying redneck with perhaps the IQ of an advanced chimp — try to start his pickup truck by taking a handy, 4-foot-long two by four from inside the cab, opening the hood, and beating on the carburetor with the wood until the engine turned over. He may still be alive, and could find gainful employment with Hamas as an engine-starter. Or bomb disposal specialist.

    • IslamDownpressesHumanity

      I wonder how that helped start the engine? Stuck solenoid maybe?
      Carbs are usually made of Al, so I wouldn’t want to be hammering on it w/anything.

      • DogmaelJones1

        I guessed his ignition didn’t quite work; he’d turn it but the engine wouldn’t turn over. It needed an extra kick. I didn’t want to ask. He might’ve taken the two by four to me.

  • bob smith

    He blowed up real good. Yep, real good.


  • Gee

    Dub bomb or Hamas rockets. “In the failed rocket disarming attempt on a dud Israeli shell”.

    I think that the so-called dud Israeli shell as another Hamas rocket

  • Americana

    Daniel, this is a shameful story you’ve written about this Palestinian bomb disposal expert’s death. He jumped up and down on a bomb he had ALREADY DISABLED, not on one that was live, to demonstrate to his audience the bomb had been disarmed. You KNEW THIS before you wrote this story if you read the same stories I did in order to craft this brief. To try to portray him as a crazy doofus Palestinian bomb disposal guy is unconscionable given his success rate and considerable experience. The fact he was self-taught and survived for so many years and disabled so many bombs says just how skilled he was as well as how gutsy he was. This man had successfully disabled thousands of bombs and devices in his career as an ordnance disposal expert.

    I’ll have to get you some information on other bomb disposal experts who died in the line of duty from different armed forces all over the world. NONE OF THE WORLD’S BOMB DISPOSAL guys would expect you to write such a story. They are a fraternity of courage.


    Jason Burke in Gaza City

    Wednesday 13 August 2014 09.49 EDT

    Rahed Taysir al-Hom was buried in the sandy soil of the cemetery of Jabaliya, the rough Gaza neighbourhood where he had grown up, at 1pm on the third day of the ceasefire.

    His funeral was quick, attended by a hundred or so mourners, and accompanied by a short sermon from a white-turbaned cleric, a sobbing father and some shots fired from a Kalashnikov by a skinny teenager.

    Two breeze blocks and a ripped piece of cardboard with his name scrawled on it now mark the grave of a personable man with an easy smile, hollow eyes and a quiet intensity that was entirely understandable given his job.

    The 43-year-old father of seven lies next to his brother, a Hamas fighter killed in an Israeli air strike two weeks ago. But the Hom who died on Wednesday was not a warrior. He was head of the sole bomb disposal unit of Gaza’s northern governorate and his job was to protect several hundred thousand people from the unexploded ordnance that now litters the streets, fields and rubble of many homes.

    Hom, who died when a 500kg bomb he was trying to defuse exploded at 10.30am on Wednesday, was an incidental casualty of a month-long war that no one seems able to stop.

    Three of his colleagues and two journalists were killed with him. He was well aware of the risks he was taking but believed in his work.

    One day last week, while the last tenuous ceasefire held in Gaza, Hom received 70 calls. In this conflict alone, he had dealt with 400 “objects”. Hom made safe ordnance for five of his 20 years in the Gaza police force. Photograph: Sean Smith

    “I try to do as much as I can,” he said at the weekend as he drove from site to site in the northern town of Beit Lahia, accompanied by the Guardian.

    “Every time I hear that someone has been injured by a bomb on the ground I feel very sorry. This is my responsibility. But we are very limited and don’t have proper equipment. My wife thinks I will come home one day in pieces in a box.”

    Hom had been defusing bombs, rockets and shells for five of his 20 years in the Gaza police. He had some training from international experts but gained most of his skills “on the job”.

    He had no protective clothing and used basic tools – screwdrivers, pliers and cutters – as he worked to make everything safe, be it Hamas rockets which had fallen short of their mark or bombs dropped by Israeli warplanes.

    Helmets, body armour and screening devices, supplied after the last conflict in 2012, had worn out or were broken.

    “We have been working all the time,” he said. “There is a danger to people when there is a bomb in their house. It is risky, of course, but we have to do it.

    “So far we have had no injuries in my team, praise be to God,” he added, though one of the team had been killed in an air strike at home a month ago.

    Over the weekend, before the latest ceasefire came into force, Hom dealt with a dozen or so urgent incidents. His work was slowed by frequent pauses as Israeli missiles hissed overhead, sometimes exploding only a few hundred metres away.

    In Beit Lahiya, he defused a 1,000kg bomb that had landed in a bike repair shop. Hossein Rabieh Salem, the 48-year-old owner, had been sleeping for several nights with his family of 18, above the storeroom and the live weapon. “Where can I go? I shut my eyes and trust in God,” Salem said. Hom was working amid a heap of explosives – with minimal to no protection. Photograph: Sean Smith

    Unable to immediately render the bomb safe, Hom assured the worried mechanic he would return with a truck to pick it up and transport it to the football field opposite his police station where all the ordnance – defused or live – was dumped. There, in untidy piles, lay shells and bombs and Hamas rockets, glinting in the strong Gaza sun.

    Among them was a bomb lifted, still live, from the home of the Filfils in a quiet residential neighbourhood in the north of Beit Lahiya.

    Jazia Filfil, 60, remembered how, as the dust began to clear from her living room after the air strike last month, she saw a huge metal object half buried in the rubble where a three-piece suite had once been. She had no idea what it was.

    “They dropped a truck on our home,” she shouted to her husband and sons. When the family worked out that the object was no truck, they called Hom.

    “He is very brave but he was very slow in coming. We had the bomb in our house for weeks,” Filfil said on Sunday. Hom, listening, laughed away the complaint, joking that his “customers” were never happy.

    Over a lunch of beef kebabs, snatched rapidly down a Beit Lahiya side street, Hom spoke about his worried wife, his two sons and five daughters, and his wider family.

    His 33-year-old brother died in an air strike two weeks ago, he said. Abdel Jawad al-Hom had joined the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam brigades, the military wing of Hamas, after another brother had died following imprisonment in an Israeli jail in the early 1990s when Hamas had set out to derail the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

    • Americana

      Here’s a story about the 11 American bomb disposal technicians killed in the line of duty in 2012:


      EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, FLA. — The elite school that trains bomb technicians from all branches of the military held a somber ceremony Saturday to mark the deaths of 11 graduates killed in the line of duty last year.

      Families of the fallen and military dignitaries watched as the men’s names were added to a memorial wall. The 11 deaths in 2012 bring the number of military bomb technicians killed in duty to 298 since World War II.

      Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jon Greenert told the more than 1,200 people gathered for the annual memorial that the men died putting the safety of others first.

      “All of these men believed in putting others’ safety before the own,” he said.

      The Naval Explosive Ordnance Disposal school is on a remote swath of the sprawling Eglin Air Force Base in the Florida Panhandle. Bomb disposal technicians from all branches of the military must graduate from the school’s intense program, which has a noncompletion rate of more than 30 percent.

      EOD technicians were depicted in the Academy Award-nominated 2008 movie “The Hurt Locker.”

      Greenert said EOD school graduates save lives not only by disarming improves explosive devices and other bombs but also by conducting forensics investigations after bomb explode.

      Graduates of the school were the first bomb experts contacted after the Boston Marathon bombing last month, he said.

      Each year, the school memorializes graduates killed in duty the previous year by listing their names on the wall outside school.

      Navy Capt. Joseph Polanin, commander of the school, said he has known graduates who names are now on the wall. “This is very personal for me,” he said. “I believe the wall inspires are students and honors the sacrifices of our community.”

      During Saturday’s ceremony, dignitaries from the Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Air Force read the names of EOD technicians from their various military branches killed in duty since World War II. They then read the names of the three soldiers, four Marines, three sailors and one airman killed in 2012. Each reading ended with the phrase “we remember.”

      • Peter Osborne

        I’ll bet not one of ours jumped up and down on any of the bombs.

        • Americana

          This guy lived this job for 5 years. Eleven of our American bomb disposal armed forces-trained experts blew themselves up last year. That’s pretty indicative of something whether he jumped up and down on a defused bomb or not.

          • Peter Osborne

            During my military training I took an introductory course in mine clearing and bomb defusing. The instructor , a Spec E-9 had 20 in . He had the following advice, treat a defused bomb with the same respect as a live munition.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      You do realize that you’re talking about a Hamas terrorist, whatever hat he may be wearing at any moment.

      And jumping up and down on a bomb you think is safe still makes you an idiot. Much like waving an unloaded gun around.

      • Americana

        He was not necessarily a Hamas terrorist. That’s your justification for writing the story as you did?