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Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Church of the Nativity 'siege' orchestrated by Arafat

According to Aaron Klein's new book, Schmoozing with Terrorists, the 2002 siege of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem was orchestrated by Yasser Arafat's 'government'.
"The conspiracy was to make a siege and put all the fighters inside the church so Israel would make the siege. People from the Palestinian Authority collaborated with this conspiracy," said Eiman Abu Eita, Fatah's representative in the Bethlehem satellite town of Beit Sahour who at the time of the siege was Beit Sahour's Al Aqsa Brigades chief.

Eita is quoted in "Schmoozing" stating unlike most of the other "fighters" in and near Bethlehem, he didn't run into the church because he "understood the conspiracy."

"During the siege I communicated with those inside and told them not to give the Israelis a list of the fighters inside because then Israel would start looking for the fighters who were outside and I was one of them," Eita said in comments that were recorded by Klein.


During the ordeal PA officials and some Western analysts, commentators and news media widely blamed Israel for setting siege to one of Christianity's holiest structures.

But Eita admitted in "Schmoozing" that prior to Israel's raid, the PA instructed Bethlehem-area militants to use the church as sanctuary.

He claimed the PA was "collaborating" with Israel in a conspiracy to draw wanted militants into one place so the IDF can attack them.
In the picture at top left, Aaron Klein is seen with a number of al-Aqsa Brigades members. Klein is the second from the left (Hat Tip: Ashley in Tel Aviv). The second picture is Klein with Eita.


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