New York Daily News, Tuesday, March 26,
Becomes Suspect In B'klyn Bombing
By MICHELE McPHEE
Daily News Police Bureau
Detectives believe the Brooklyn electronics whiz
whose lower leg was blown off by a bomb Sunday may
have built the explosive himself, law enforcement
sources said yesterday.
Israel Halberstam, 46, remained in
critical condition at Bellevue Hospital yesterday
as detectives obtained a search warrant to rifle
through his Borough Park home.
"All fingers are being pointed that he might
have had the bomb, and he wanted to take it
somewhere," said one law enforcement official,
noting investigators found possible bomb-making
materials in Halberstam's toolbox.
"He is now being viewed as a suspect," the
official added. "The question is, what was he doing
with the bomb?"
Cops also were taking a closer look at the
unsolved torching last month of a car rented by
Halberstam and were checking into a dispute he
apparently had with an employee at the electronics
store he owns, sources said.Car
David Irving comments: While our
sympathy goes out to Mr Halberstam -- who
is innocent until such time as proven
guilty, except in the US Press apparently
-- we must wonder where somebody would
have been carrying a bomb on passover, and
why? And who put him up to it? perhaps
Deborah Lipstadt would like to
investigate this phenomenon, next time
Halberstam, a towering man nicknamed
Sruly, had just left his 42nd St. house
Sunday morning and was about to get into a rented
minivan when the bomb detonated.
The explosion severed Halberstam's right lower
leg below the knee, and left him with second- and
third-degree burns over his entire body, officials
at Bellevue Hospital said.
It also rocked the Hasidic community, as people
shopping for Passover ran for cover.
A hospital spokeswoman said Halberstam remained
in critical condition yesterday with burns to his
face and hands. His family was in a "secluded and
private" area of the hospital, and did not want to
speak to the media, the spokeswoman
With Ralph R. Ortega
Man Hurt in Brooklyn Bombing
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