Posted by Curt on 7 May, 2006 at 10:31 am. Be the first to comment!


A few days ago a leaflet was produced and handed out in Gaza purported to be from Al-Qaeda which threatened to kill some of the Palestinian PM’s people:

Palestinian Authority officials here expressed deep concern over the weekend about reports that al-Qaida was planning to assassinate top PA leaders.

The threats have prompted PA security forces to take strict measures to guarantee the safety of the leaders, including PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, whose villa in Ramallah has been completely cordoned off.

The latest measures were taken after a hitherto unknown group calling itself al-Tawhid and Jihad [Unification and Holy War] distributed leaflets in the Gaza Strip threatening to kill a number of senior officials belonging to Abbas’s Fatah party.

This is the first time that the group, which is believed to be headed by Jordanian arch-terrorist Abu Musab Zarqawi, has issued a leaflet in Gaza, indicating that al-Qaida elements had begun operating in the area.

Interesting that the leaflet calls for assassinating the Fatah elements while issuing no calls for assassinating the Hamas leadership….I wonder why?

Then yesterday came news that a Hamas plot to kill Abbas had been prevented. A plot by Al-Qaeda you ask?

Nope, by Hamas:

A HAMAS plot to assassinate Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, has been thwarted after he was tipped off by Israeli intelligence.

Hamas?s military wing, the Izza Din Al-Qassem, had planned to kill Abbas at his office in Gaza, intelligence sources said.

Abbas, who became president of the Palestinian Authority last year after the death of Yasser Arafat, was formally warned of the danger by the Israelis and cancelled a planned visit to the territory.

The murder plan is the clearest sign yet of the tensions inside the Palestinian Authority between Hamas, which swept to power after elections in January, and Abbas?s Fatah movement.

Hamas leaders, who refuse to recognise the state of Israel, suspect Abbas of obstructing their attempts to govern, which have been hampered by a financial boycott from donor nations. ?Hamas considers Abbas to be a barrier to its complete control over Palestine and decided to kill him,? said a Palestinian source who was an adviser to Arafat and is a close acquaintance of Abbas.

It is understood that the attack would also have targeted Mohammed Dahlan, Abbas?s strongman in Gaza.

But I thought the Israeli’s were a bloodthirsty lot whose sole agenda is the destruction of Palestinians?….Sigh.

This news comes as there are signs that some in the region are getting tired of the Hamas led governement:

Hundreds of Palestinians, meanwhile, staged strikes and demonstrations Saturday in the West Bank and Gaza Strip to demand payment of overdue salaries to government workers ? the first public signs of discontent with the Hamas-led Cabinet’s handling of the financial crisis.

So what do we make of all this? We learn nothing new about Hamas, that’s for sure. We all knew they were a terrorist organization and this assassination attempt should not surprise anyone. What we do learn is that they are getting desperate. All of these signs point to the start of a civil war in my opinion and while I feel sorry for the innocent Palestinian people who may get hurt, they are the ones who put these terrorists into office.

You reap what you sow.

But wait! Help is on the way with another Fatwa:

Islamic scholars are to meet in Doha next week to draw up a fatwa, or religious edict, obliging the Muslim faithful to help the internationally isolated Palestinian government headed by Hamas.

Influential cleric Yussef al-Qardawi said the May 10-11 meeting would help both the Palestinian people and their government, hit hard by US and EU funding cuts because of the Islamist faction’s refusal to recognize Israel.

Ulemas (scholars) as well as other Muslim and Palestinian leaders will “draw up a fatwa on the duty of the ummah (Muslims) and of governments” toward the Palestinians and the Hamas cabinet, Qardawi told a press conference Saturday.

Yeah, thats the ticket.

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