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Flier Against `Nazi-Arab' Enemy Distributed at Tel Aviv University

By IsraelNationalNews.com

Shortly before Holocaust Memorial Day, fliers were distributed in Tel Aviv University calling for Israel to "strike the Arab-Nazi enemy." The fliers accused local Arabs of participating in a campaign to destroy Israel. It also contained examples of anti-Semitic cartoons that appeared in the Arab press.

The man who distributed the fliers, Oded Coral, said he stands by his statements. "The Arab anti-Semites plan to slaughter us," he said. Coral said that the distribution of the fliers was not intentionally timed to coincide with Holocaust Memorial Day, and that he has been distributing them for months.


PMW: PA Textbooks Spew Holocaust Denial and Hate

By IsraelNationalNews.com

Palestinian Media Watch, in a report released Monday, said the Palestinian Authority is systematically teaching its children to deny the Holocaust ever happened.

The new 12th grade textbooks were written by the Center for Developing Palestinian Curricula, an organization which is supported by foreign funding. The textbooks, which bear a special "thanks" to Belgium, were introduced by the PA Ministry of Higher Education at the end of 2006.

Not surprisingly, the new materials which will be used to guide young PA Arab minds were found to educate the children toward Jewish genocide, both virtually and physically.

The textbooks are diametrically opposed to the concept of peaceful co-existence with Jews in the State of Israel, according to the PMW report. In fact, the teachings deny Israel's right to exist altogether, referring to the founding of the Jewish State as a "catastrophe unprecedented in history, when the Zionist gangs stole Palestine and expelled its people from their cities, their villages, their lands and their houses."

The new PA history books also make no mention of the Holocaust, though the textbook "History of the Arabs and the World in the 20th Century" includes extensive information on the events of World War II – except those relating to Jews.

Former PA Foreign Minister Mahmoud A-Zahar, who is now a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council, was quoted recently in a Hamas newspaper as saying, "Germany is imprisoned by a complex of the so-called `Holocaust' and they suffer from it."

It is also important to note that, PA Chairman and Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas, touted by the United States and other Western nations as a "moderate" force among terrorists, denied central elements of the genocide of the Jews in his doctoral dissertation.


U.S. to Fund Hamas Terror Cells?

By Aaron Klein (WorldNetDaily.com)

The Hamas terror group and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah party have approved a plan to incorporate Hamas militias and terror cells into a unified security force under the authority of Abbas.

The agreement comes just days after Congress approved $59 million in aid to Fatah's militias after an earlier pledge of $86.5 million was blocked for fear the money might reach terrorist groups.

WND first reported a unity deal signed in February by leaders of the rival Fatah and Hamas factions included a clause calling for the integration of Hamas militias into security forces controlled by Abbas. The U.S. has armed, trained and funded Abbas' militias.

Sunday, the PA cabinet approved a comprehensive security plan that incorporates Fatah and Hamas militias into one central organization. According to the plan, Hamas' so-called military wing, responsible for scores of anti-Israel terror attacks, will be allowed to continue operating under the aegis of the PA's Interior Ministry.

The plan calls for all armed organizations, including the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades terror group, to maintain a single operations center under the authority of Abbas. The Brigades, Fatah's declared military wing, took responsibility together with the Islamic Jihad terror organization, for every suicide bombing in Israel the past two years and for scores of shootings and rocket attacks.

Mustafa Barghouti, PA information minister and Cabinet spokesman, told reporters the plan would be implemented in stages, with the first stage going into effect Tuesday. He said the first part of the plan would see Hamas and Fatah police and security forces cooperate; the second part would attempt to end local clan disputes; and the third stage includes the establishment of an operation center for all "armed groups."

Last week's approval of U.S. funds for Fatah includes $14.5 million for "basic and advanced training," $23 million for equipment, $2.9 million to upgrade the guard's facilities and $3 million to provide "capacity building and technical assistance" to the office of Mahmoud Dahlan, Fatah's strongman in Gaza. The U.S. said the bulk of the new proposed aid package – $43.4 million – will be used to strengthen Abbas' Force 17 presidential guard units.

WND last week quoted Israeli and Palestinian security officials stating intelligence and security organizations associated with Fatah, including Force 17, are infiltrated by Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other terrorist organizations.

Israeli security officials say Hamas has infiltrated Fatah security forces, including Force 17, Abbas' presidential guard units, which also serve as de facto police forces; the General Security Services; Fatah's general intelligence branch; and the Preventative Security Services.

A top Palestinian intelligence official admitted to WND: "We are leading a large number of investigations and some of the results prove that such an infiltration by Hamas (of Fatah's security and intelligence forces) exists."

The official oversees intelligence for Fatah's police forces in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. "I can say that in some cases we diagnosed a deep infiltration to high posts in some Fatah security services," the high-ranking Palestinian intelligence officer told WND. "In some cases we believe there are officers that are exposed to very sensitive information."

He said that since the U.S. announced it is providing Abbas' forces with additional funds, Fatah intelligence officials at the direction of American security coordinators here have been attempting to expel Hamas infiltrators. He said the past month "dozens" of members of Hamas, the Popular Resistance Committees and Islamic Jihad were found operating in the Fatah forces.

The U.S. has been attempting to isolate Hamas, which it labels a terrorist group. The Popular Resistance Committees regularly carries out rocket and shooting attacks and took credit for a 2003 bombing in Gaza that killed three American contractors.

Terror leaders and spokesmen for terror groups told WND their militants are "well-placed" within Fatah's militias. Muhammad Abdel El, spokesman for the Committees, told WND last week Fatah's attempts to discover militants from his group "have not even scratched the surface of our infiltration. We are very well-placed within Fatah's units and their little investigations made no difference."

Abu Abdullah, a leader of Hamas' military wing in the Gaza Strip, told WND, "It doesn't seem Fatah's campaign to oust Hamas from inside their organizations has made a difference for us as far as our penetration of Fatah."

Last month, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice admitted in a hearing she cannot guarantee U.S. funding for Fatah forces would not reach "the wrong hands." She said she would reduce a funding request for Fatah forces following concerns last month expressed by key lawmakers that some of the money would be used for terror-related purposes.

The Bush administration in January pledged $86.4 million to strengthen the Fatah forces, including Force 17, Abbas' security detail, which also serves as de facto police units in the Gaza Strip and West Bank. At the time, Abu Yousuf, a Fatah militant from Abba's Force 17 security forces, told WND U.S. funds and weapons being transferred to his group would be utilized to "hit the Zionists."

Last month, Congress placed a hold on the $86 million transfer pending a clarification from Rice as to where exactly the money would end up. During a hearing before the House of Representatives Appropriations subcommittee, Rice said she would make a new request for less money. She conceded, "I will request less money, precisely because some of the money that I would have requested I did not think I could fully account for."

Many Fatah security members are openly also members of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades terror group, which has carried out scores of recent suicide bombings.

WND reported Israel earlier this month arrested 18 Fatah fighters in the West Bank wanted for shootings against Israeli civilians. Seventeen of those arrested also were members of the Brigades, Israeli and Palestinian security officials said. Israel last night conducted a raid of a Fatah complex in Ramallah and arrested a Fatah fighter wanted for anti-Israeli shootings.

Abbas last June appointed senior Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades leader Mahmoud Damra as commander of Force 17. Damra, who was arrested by Israel in November, was on the Jewish state's most-wanted list of terrorists.

While Congress has been blocking aid to Farah forces, it wasn't immediately clear if the U.S. would continue to supply Fatah with weapons.

The last American arms shipment to Fatah publicly confirmed by Israel took place in May. At first, the shipment of 3,000 rifles was denied by the U.S. and Israel, but Olmert in June admitted the transfer took place, telling reporters, "I needed to approve the shipment to help bolster Abbas."

At the time, Abu Yousuf, a Fatah militant from Abba's Force 17 security forces, told WND while some of the weapons may be used in confrontations against Hamas, the bulk of the American arms would be utilized to "hit the Zionists."

Abu Yousuf said if there is a major conflict with Israel, U.S. weapons provided to Fatah might be shared with other "Palestinian resistance organizations…The first place of these U.S. weapons will be to defend the Palestinian national project, which is reflected by the foundation of the Palestinian Authority. If Hamas or any other group under the influence of Iran and Syria wants to make a coup d'état against our institution, these weapons are there to defend the PA."

"We don't want to go to civil war with Hamas, because this is what both the U.S. and Israel want. This is our last option. We hope our brothers in Hamas won't oblige us to find ourselves in confrontation," Abu Yousuf said.

But the Fatah militant said the American weapons might also be used to target Israelis. He admitted previous American arms supplied to Fatah were used in "resistance operations" against the Jewish state.

"If Israel will deliver what it promised to Abu Mazen (Abbas), [meaning a] withdrawal from Palestinian lands, including east Jerusalem and the Temple Mount, remove all the checkpoints in the West Bank, release our prisoners, and find a clear solution for our refugees, we'll control our forces and the distribution of weapons," said Abu Yousuf.

"But if Israel doesn't deliver, and we find ourselves manipulated by Israel, we cannot guarantee members of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades and Force 17 will not use these weapons against Israel. Our goal is to change the occupation," he continued. "It's unnatural to think these American weapons won't be used against the Israelis," he said.

Like some other Force 17 members, Abu Yousuf also is openly a member of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades. He said that during large confrontations with Israel, such as the Jewish state's 2002 anti-terror raid in Jenin, Fatah distributed weapons to Hamas and Islamic Jihad. "We don't look where this piece or that piece of weapon came from when fighting the Israelis," he said.


Jordanian Correspondent Proposes Merger of Israel, Palestine

By Saeed Hamdan (Malaysia Sun, Commentary)

It is a sad situation that both Israelis and Palestinians have been fighting and killing each other for more than 60 years now and unfortunately, no light can be seen at the end of this dark tunnel.

The geography and demography of the area that extends between the River Jordan and the Mediterranean indicates the complexity of the current situation. Each party is trying hard to grab by mere force what is in the hands of the other. Many wars have been staged and thousands of innocent lives have been shed for this purpose.

Nowadays, almost everybody is talking about setting up two countries for both Israelis and Palestinians. This simply means that the land of historical Palestine will be divided between the two parties, Israelis and Palestinians.

I doubt very much that either party will be satisfied with his share of the cake. There are chronic problems like Jerusalem, refugees, settlements, borders, water resources that nobody on earth can sort out to the satisfaction of both parties.

The short vision of setting up two separate states could sow the seeds for more bloody conflicts in the future. Nobody can guarantee or secure permanent and lasting peace under this proposition.

A far better viable solution that should satisfy both parties and put an end to all complicated issues is available. It is the establishment of one country for all, on the whole territory of historical Palestine that includes the West Bank and Gaza besides Israel. Jerusalem will remain united for both parties, settlements could remain where they are now provided an appropriate compensation is made to the original land owners, natural geographical borders are already in place for the whole country and the issue of refugees could be settled by allowing refugees who were born in historical Palestine to return home. All citizens of the new state, Palisra (Palestine +Israel), would enjoy equal rights and bear the same responsibilities.

The newly established state, Palisra will emerge as a prosperous and safe country within a very short period of time, and citizens of this state will learn how to respect and even cherish each other. Palisra will become a key player and an integral part of the Middle East as yesterday's enemies will become today's friends and allies for ever.

(Saeed Hamdan is a correspondent based in Amman, Jordan, and can be contracted at mass@go.com.jo)


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