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Tuesday, January 23, 2007

More proof that Fatah is no better to Israel than Hamas

Ever since Yasser Arafat died a bit over two years ago, we have been hearing that the 'moderate' 'Palestinian President' Mahmoud Abbas Abu Mazen is our kind of guy, that we can deal with him, that he is against terror and so on and so on. Tonight - once again - there is proof that Abu Mazen is not a 'moderate,' that he is not opposed to terror and that his failure to do anything to prevent terror attacks over the past two years has nothing to do with his inability to prevent terror attacks and everything to do with his acting in concert with the terrorists.

The Jerusalem Post is reporting this evening (and I'm in Chicago - where it's now 11:15 PM - until Wednesday night) that 'Palestinian security forces' that are 'loyal to Abu Mazen' (i.e. Abu Mazen's forces) have arrested a 'Palestinian' man as a 'collaborator' with Israel. The man's alleged 'crime' is tipping off Israeli forces as to who is responsible for the terror attacks being carried out daily against Israelis living in the Negev by the shooting of Kassam rockets from the Gaza Strip. The story is over the byline of Khaled Abu Toameh, who is himself a 'Palestinian,' and whose reports of what is going on in the 'Palestinian' territories are most reliable.
The 33-year-old suspect, who was not identified by name, is a resident of the Nuseirat refugee camp in the Gaza Strip.

He was arrested last month by members of the Preventive Security Service, which is responsible, among other things, for combating espionage.

The man, who has been accused of "collaboration" with the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency), has confessed and will be brought to trial soon on charges of "high treason," a Palestinian security source said. If convicted, he will face the death penalty.


During his interrogation, the sources claimed, the man confessed that he had been recruited by the Shin Bet in June 2006 in return for money and a cellular phone. His main mission was to report on the movement and whereabouts of Palestinian gunmen who were firing Kassam rockets at Israel, they added.
"The suspect provided his Shin Bet handler with sensitive and important information about Palestinian resistance fighters in the Gaza Strip," said a senior Preventive Security Service officer. "He continued to do so until he was arrested on December 21."

He revealed that two other Palestinians suspected of "collaboration" with Israel were arrested by the same force in the Gaza Strip in the past few weeks.

"Our goal is to clean the Palestinian street of all traitors," the officer explained. "We will continue our campaign against anyone who works with the Israelis and we urge residents to inform us about suspects."

The announcement comes only weeks after Abbas pledged to deploy some 12,000 PA policemen in the northern Gaza Strip in a bid to prevent rocket attacks on Israel.

Abbas has repeatedly condemned the launching of rocket attacks on Israel as "harmful" to Palestinian interests, calling on Palestinian armed groups not to provide Israel with an excuse to invade the Gaza Strip.
Sounds to me like Abu Mazen is talking out of both sides of his mouth. Unfortunately, our incompetent government does not know and is not interested in knowing how to use that information to gain political brownie points.

If any of you have forgotten what happens to 'collaborators' in the Gaza Strip, here's an example. I doubt this guy will live out the month, let alone the year.


At 12:07 PM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

We also don't know if he really did what he is charged with. It might just be that some Fatah official fancies his wife, car or house.

At 2:33 PM, Blogger Michael said...

Whether the accusations are true or not, this guy is getting the standard PA treatment for anyone who dares to help Israel and oppose terrorists.

I think the more important, and more general point, is that while the PA (including that moderate, Abbas) has taken on, publicly, an obligation to stop terrorism and terrorist violence, they are not doing so, and no one is holding them to it.

At 5:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've always wondered how it might be possible to plant some innocent information on the 'right' people to implicate them as normal rational lovers of peace, and then let their rivals know?


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