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Monday, December 31, 2007

'Palestinian pilgrims' trash their quarters

The 'Palestinian pilgrims' who were bussed to El Arish yesterday to await resolution of the manner in which they will return to Gaza burned down their temporary encampment today in the Egyptian city of El Arish to protest their predicament.
The Palestinians arrived by bus at 11 temporary camps outside the Mediterranean coastal city of El-Arish on Sunday but refused to occupy them, protesting Egypt's attempts to have them return to Gaza through the Israeli-controlled Kerem Shalom border crossing.

As they rampaged the camps Monday, the pilgrims shouted angry slogans against Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and his government for not allowing them to cross into Gaza through Rafah, where Israel has no control.

A large number of riot police responded by surrounding the pilgrims and securing the area, as firefighters attempted to put out the blaze. Several Palestinian women fainted from the fire's heavy black smoke and were taken to El-Arish hospital.

The pilgrims include at least 10 well-known figures from the radical Islamic group Hamas - including Khalil al-Haya, a leader of the group - who fear Israel will arrest them if they cross through Kerem Shalom.

Israel, in turn, fears that if the pilgrims are allowed to return to Gaza through Rafah Hamas terrorists might get through and sympathizers could smuggle cash to Hamas in Gaza.
This is becoming downright entertaining. DEBKA adds:
Another 1,000 Palestinians, Hamas and other terrorist chiefs, are still aboard the Red Sea ferry that brought them from Aqaba for the third day. A Hamas spokesman warned that continued prevention of their entry through Rafah will trigger “an explosion.”
But give them a state reichlet and they'll stop all this nonsense.


At 7:32 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

They're guests in an Arab country and they behave like American gangsta punks. And we're supposed to believe they'll become responsible and decent people when they get their own reichlet. Yeah, right.

At 1:00 AM, Blogger Lucy 'DJ Kafir' ' said...

They know if they go through Israel the IDF will bust the criminals amoung them. Of course, throwing a temper tantrum can't really help.

At 1:48 AM, Blogger Ma Sands said...

Oh, good grief. I tell ya.....if one, just one of them would step outside of the mob mentality.......he'd be as if ten feet tall, and like cool water on a blazing hot day........if only they could be cajoled into learning to love to read........oh, what worlds they would discover...........sigh..... ):


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