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Sunday, January 06, 2008

Photoessay: 'Palestinian police' control Shchem (Nablus)?

How's your memory this morning? Can you remember back six weeks ago? If not (and even if yes), I want you to go back and read a post I wrote on November 26, 2007, just about six weeks ago. In it, I told you that the 'Palestinian police' claimed to have control over terrorism in Shchem (Nablus).
One of the premises of the Oslo conference mugging lynching is that 'moderate' 'Palestinian' President Mahmoud Abbas Abu Mazen's good terrorists from Fatah are fighting the bad terrorists from Hamas. In fact, we are told, Fatah has gained control over the city of Shchem (Nablus) by assigning three hundred new troops there. So what do they do with the terrorists they capture? As always with Fatah, it's the revolving door method:
This weekend, after a four-day IDF operation against terror infrastructure in Shchem, we can gain some appreciation for just how little control the 'Palestinian police' ever had over the city:
“Shechem contains some of the most advanced and dangerous terrorist infrastructures,” an IDF official told reporters. “The highest amount of terrorist attacks from Judea and Samaria originate from the Shechem region.”

The weapons cache contained materials for rocket manufacturing, explosive substances and military equipment.
Following are four pictures from a 'bedroom' in a 'Palestinian' home in Shchem (and the room underneath it):

Intelligence information alerts the soldiers to the fact that this bedroom is not what it seems.
Beneath the beds is a hidden entrance to a cellar.
The soldiers enter the hidden room carefully, unsure of what awaits.
A cache of weapons is found hidden.
The bomb laboratory that was discovered contained materials and chemicals used in manufacturing explosives, gunpowder, metal pellets for use as shrapnel to maximize casualties, electric cables and other materials for preparing working bombs.

In another private residence, a ready-to-use bomb-belt was discovered, along with ammunition for grenade launchers and assault rifles.
Want to see what suicide bomb vests look like? Here's a picture from another 'bedroom' in another 'home' in Shchem:

Just like your kids' toys, right?

Arutz Sheva has an entire photo-essay from which these pictures were shamelessly listed. Go look at the whole thing (the pictures came from the IDF).

If this is what goes on with the IDF still raiding Shchem from time to time, imagine if the 'Palestinian police' were in charge all the time, and the IDF was not going in there. I don't have to imagine it: I lived here from September 2000 to March 2002. I don't want to go through that again.

I wonder what George and Condi would say if they saw these pictures.... Don't expect the Olmert-Barak-Livni government to show them to them.

Update 12:13 PM

Welcome Memeorandum readers!

JPost's Khaled Abu Toameh adds:
It has also proven that dozens of Fatah gunmen and activists in the West Bank have not surrendered their weapons and are continuing to plan attacks against Israel.

During the operation, which began on Thursday, the IDF arrested 19 gunmen belonging to Fatah's armed wing, the Aksa Martyrs Brigades.

The IDF has also arrested two security officers working for the PA's Military Intelligence Force: Shadi al-Sakhel and Ahmed Hisham. The two officers are suspected of helping the Aksa Martyrs Brigades in the city.


In one of the largest operations of its kind, the PA, with the help of Israel and the US, deployed some 300 policemen in Nablus several weeks ago.

Many Palestinians in Nablus said over the weekend that while the PA security forces did clamp down on local criminals, they did not do enough to stop the Fatah gunmen from continuing to operate in the city.

They added that while many of the Aksa Martyrs Brigades members had been recruited as officers by various branches of the PA security forces in the past few months, they were continuing to operate within the framework of the armed group.

Col. Abdullah Kmeil, commander of the PA's General Intelligence Force in Nablus, confirmed over the weekend that most of those who were arrested by the IDF belonged to the Aksa Martyrs Brigades.

He said that all the Fatah gunmen had been incorporated into the PA security forces. He also confirmed that two PA security officers were among those arrested by the IDF.

Kmeil accused Israel of seeking to "thwart" the PA's efforts to impose law and order in Nablus by conducting the massive military operation. He and other PA officials said the IDF operation would also undermine the peace process.
Here's the bottom line: The 'Palestinian Authority' and its various 'militias' are never ever going to fight terrorism. To do that would cause a 'war' among the 'Palestinian people' and the leadership is never going to take that risk. Israel is going to have to continue to take the lead in fighting terror. That means that if we give the 'Palestinians' their state reichlet no one will be fighting terror - until we fight a war against 'Palestine.' The world won't like that either, will they Mr. Bush?


At 12:37 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Carl - The Palestinian security forces are packed from top to bottom with terrorists. Not only is this true, the PA has done NOTHING to dismantle the terrorist infrastructure. The PA's rule rests on violence, graft and fear. Olmert-Livini-Barak and the Israeli Left don't care about Arab lives either. Incidentally, the Arabs not yet under PA rule have an appreciation for Israel. They don't love Israel and no one expects them to but after seeing that photoessay, if one was an Arab, one would be less than thrilled to live under the terrorists' rule.

Before the days of the so called peace process, Arab-Jewish relations were the best. But the Israeli Left stepped in, imported a gang of Arab terrorists from Tunis and as they say, the rest is history. No decent person in Israel would want to relieve the murderous early years of the past decade. Without Israeli security control around Jenin, Schem and Ramallah, more Jews are going to die. That is a fact.

A Palestinian reichlet is not the answer to peace and any case the Arabs don't want one. They want to replace Israel. If the two state solution was every more than a wishful pipe dream of the Israeli peace camp, it would have come true by now. It hasn't and peace is stil very far off.


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