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Thursday, November 30, 2006

Keeping your kids off the Internet, 'Palestinian' style

Do your kids spend too much time on the Internet? Do you? Well, here's one way to cut down on the time you spend on the Internet: Move to Gaza.
Unidentified gunmen attacked several Internet cafes in the Gaza Strip with hand grenades and bombs before dawn on Wednesday. The simultaneous attacks caused heavy physical damage, but no one was injured.

There were no claims of responsibility, but some cafe owners accused Muslim fundamentalists who have been campaigning against Internet cafes and surfers.

"Some fanatics are unhappy with the fact that many young people have access to the Internet," one owner told The Jerusalem Post. "They claim that the Internet is corrupting young people because it exposes them to Western values and culture and pornographic sites."

Another owner, Ala Shawwa, described the attacks as a "cowardly act." He estimated losses to his Internet cafe at $3,000, adding that the place had been entirely destroyed.

Nabil al-Atleh, owner of Coffee Net in the center of Gaza City [I thought good Muslims don't drink anything that has caffeine. CiJ], said the attacks occurred just after before dawn prayers in local mosques. He said all 30 computers were destroyed, estimating the damage at more than $5,000. [These people must be using awfully old computers. CiJ]

In Rafah, arsonists set fire to a shop selling cassettes and CDs. The owner, Farid Awad, said masked gunmen had warned him in the past not to sell modern music.

"Those behind these attacks are trying to turn Palestine into a Taliban-style country, where people were executed for watching TV," said a Fatah official. "What will the next move be? Are they going to confiscate satellite dishes and radios from our homes?"

Because most residents cannot afford personal computers, several Internet cafes have opened across the Gaza Strip in the past few months.
I know: Let's get UNRWA to buy them computers! That will stop them from being terrorists!



At 10:45 AM, Blogger Michael said...

Gotta love that open, peace-loving society they've created under the PA.

Maybe if they behaved like human behings, instead of common thugs, people would take them a little more seriously.


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