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Thursday, November 11, 2004

Arafat's Successors

Ruth Matar: DEATH OF A SERIAL MURDERER (Hat tip: David Ben Ariel)

All of Arafat's presumed heirs - from Mahmud Abbas to Ahmed Qurei to Muhammed Dahlan to Jibril Rajoub - are terrorists.

MAHMUD ABBAS owes his prominence to the fact that he co-founded the Fatah terror groups with Arafat. He wrote his PhD dissertation and later a bestselling book explaining why the Holocaust is a hoax. He has planned and overseen terrorist attacks for the past several decades, including the latest four year old Palestinian [sic] terror war.

AHMED QUREI also co-founded the Fatah terror group with Arafat. He has been the chief PLO money man for the past three decades. He has blackmailed the international community into contributing billions of dollars in aid to the PLO. He continues to overtly support and applaud terrorist attacks against Israeli civilians, and as recently as September he has made open calls for terrorists to murder civilians.

MUHAMMED DAHLAN is a favorite of Israel and American policy makers alike. He is one of the architects of the current terror war. In 1994, Arafat placed him in charge of coordinating activities with Hamas. Dahlan's militia in Gaza has taken an active role in carrying out attacks against Israeli civilians, including the infamous bombing of an Israeli school bus in November 2000, in which three people were murdered and a half dozen school children lost their legs and arms. He is active in weapon smuggling to Gaza and in frequent terror attacks.

JIBRIL RAJOUB is Dahlan's counterpart and rival in the West Bank from 1994 to 2000. Rajoub's men take an active role in carrying out terror attacks in Israel while they still retained their salaries from Arafat.

Today there is not one Palestinian [sic] political party that is not a terrorist organization. Of the twelve militias that Arafat formed in the West Bank and Gaza, since arriving at the scene in 1994, there is not a single one that is not deeply involved in terror activities. Documents seized by the Israeli army during major combat operations in the West Bank and Gaza, have shown Arafat's generals ordering the carrying out of suicide bombings and authorizing the payment of terrorist cell members.

Are these the moderate Palestinian [sic] leaders that President Bush is talking about?
But apparently these terrorist killers aren't even extreme enough for the young Sand Nazis of the Arafat Youth terrorist brigades: Al Aksa now Arafat Martyrs Brigades.

The armed wing of Fatah on Thursday announced its decision to change its name from the Aksa Martyrs Brigades to the Brigades of Martyr Yasser Arafat.

The decision came as many young guard Fatah activists in the West Bank expressed dissatisfaction with the new division of powers in the Palestinian Authority and the PLO, saying they were once again being shunned by the old guard. ...

"The Palestinian leadership is committing the same mistake it made in 1994, when it ignored the young generation," complained Jawad Swaiti, a 28-year-old Fatah operative who spent five years in Israeli prison. "Unfortunately, the new leadership does not include new faces from the grassroots leaders. They are all Tunisians who came back with President Arafat in 1994."

Scores of Fatah activists marched in the center of Ramallah on Thursday, chanting slogans against the two and former security minister Muhammed Dahlan. It was the second protest of its kind in the city in less than 24 hours.

"The people don't accept these men as their leaders," said Amjad Shuman, 29. "We won't accept them because they are supported by Israel and the US." ...

Many Fatah activists are also strongly opposed to giving Dahlan a key role in the new leadership, accusing him of conspiring against Arafat with the help of Israel and the US.

Dahlan has been accused of instigating the "mini intifada" that erupted in the Gaza Strip last July against Arafat and the Palestinian leadership.

"This man has no right to succeed President Arafat because he's a CIA agent," said a leaflet distributed by the Aksa Martyrs Brigades in Ramallah. Veteran Fatah officials also voiced opposition to giving Dahlan any political role, arguing that he had allied himself the "enemies of the Palestinian people."

A masked spokesman for the Aksa Martyrs Brigades in Ramallah told The Jerusalem Post that his group would not obey orders from Arafat's temporary successors.

"We are not going to deal with any of these people," he said, referring to Abbas and Qurei.

Asked whether the group would agree to lay down its weapons and stop terror attacks on Israel, the spokesman said any attempt to disarm would lead to an armed confrontation with the Palestinian security forces.

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