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Flier Against `Nazi-Arab' Enemy Distributed at Tel Aviv University
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
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
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'
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
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
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org)
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