Why the PA is a terrorist organization

Caroline Glick of the Jerusalem Post calls our attention to the unpleasant fact “that recently resigned Palestinian cabinet minister Abdel Fattah Hamayel has told the BBC that the Palestinian Authority shells out $50,000 a month to members of Fatah’s Aksa Brigades terror cells. Hamayel said that Yasser Arafat is aware of these payments.” Moreover, “the BBC reporter then sat down with Ata Abu Rumaileh and Zakariah Zubaidi, the respective heads of Fatah’s political and terrorist wings in Jenin. Together the men explained to the BBC reporter that ‘there is no difference between Fatah and the Aksa Martyrs’ Brigades.’ The men also explained that Arafat commands both.”
What, then, of the new Palestinian cabinet that President Bush expects Israel to work with? Well, it was the Fatah Central Council, acting on Arafat’s orders, that approved that cabinet. According, to Glick, “almost every single member of that cabinet is a member of Fatah’s political wing, which is inseparable from Fatah’s terrorist wing. And we know that they are one and the same because Fatah leaders say so.”
This means that “when the US and the rest of the international community tell Israel to ease up on its counter-terror operations in order to shore up Ahmed Qurei’s new cabinet, Israel is being told to strengthen a terrorist organization.” Let’s hope that Sharon finds the strength and courage to reject this counsel.


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