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September 12, 2002

These are the people to whom a second Palestinian-Arab state is offered

While I am researching the documentation for the “catalogue” of 23 reasons to oppose the creation of a second Palestinian-Arab state (see entries dated September 8,9, and 11, 2002), this question keeps puzzling me: judging by the conduct of the Palestinian-Arabs, as reported daily in the press, how can anyone in the West, except for a self-hater, support such a group?

Following are two examples from today’s press.

The first example comes from a Jerusalem Post article written by Khaled Abu Toameh, who could hardly be accused of being anti-Arab. In the article entitled Many Palestinians still consider bin Laden a hero, he reports:

Ahmed Abu Laban is one of the Palestinians who rejoiced last year upon hearing about the September 11 terrorist attacks in New York and Washington. The 53-year-old father of seven, who lives in the Dehaishe refugee camp near Bethlehem, even took to the narrow alleyways to participate in the celebration.

On Wednesday, in his new three-story house on a hilltop overlooking the camp, home to some 12,000 refugees, Abu Laban said he and many Palestinians still consider Osama bin Laden a hero.

"He's a big man, a leader of the Muslims and Arabs, and we fully support him," he said...

"We love bin Laden, we love Saddam Hussein, and anyone who is willing to destroy the US," Abu Laban said. "And I'm not the only one here who thinks like this. The whole refugee camp shares my views and everyone supports bin Laden." Neighbors and friends who are listening to him nod their heads in agreement.

Palestinian Authority policemen were on high alert yesterday in Bethlehem and elsewhere in the West Bank and Gaza Strip to thwart any attempt to organize celebrations marking September 11. By late afternoon, there were no reports of such celebrations taking place.

Some Palestinian journalists and cameramen told The Jerusalem Post they had been warned by the PA not to cover any form of celebration in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

In east Jerusalem, some residents interviewed on the street said they regarded bin Laden as a hero. "We hope he will carry out more attacks against the US and the Western countries," said Jamil Shehadeh, a 46-year-old taxi driver...

Aisheh Abdel Rahman, a 30-year-old chemistry teacher, said she was happy when she first heard about the attacks. "I was very relieved to hear the news because it's time that the US, which is a superpower, stops supporting Israel in its aggression against our people. Bin Laden is a hero of all Muslims and Arabs."

The second story comes from IMRA, and is entitled, Killer of three Americans sheltered in Arafat's compound. The article reads in part,

A Palestinian Arab terrorist who is responsible for murdering three American citizens and wounding five others is being sheltered in Yasir Arafat's compound in Ramallah, and the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) is urging the Bush administration to demand that Arafat surrender him for extradition to the United States.

Ha'aretz reports (Sept.11, 2002) that at least 25 fugitive terrorists are being sheltered in Arafat's compound, including "the Force 17 commander in Ramallah and his deputy."

The commander of Force 17 in Ramallah is Mahmoud Damra. In early 2001, a group of Force 17 terrorists captured by Israel confessed to a series of attacks, including the October 30, 2000 murder of U.S. citizen Esh-Kodesh Gilmore (whose parents are from Ohio and New Jersey) and the December 31, 2000 attack in which U.S. citizens Binyamin and Talia Kahane (from New York) were murdered, and five of their children were wounded. The terrorists said they operated under the direct command of Mahmoud Damra. (Jerusalem Post,Jan. 28, 2001, March 16, 2001 & April 24, 2001)...

* A total of 36 American citizens have been murdered by Palestinian Arab terrorists since the signing of the Oslo accords in 1993, 24 of them since the Palestinian Authority launched the current wave of violence against Israel in September 2000.

* In addition, 69 Americans have been wounded since 1993, 44 of them since September 2000.

* At least 103 Americans have been murdered by Palestinian Arab terrorists, and 120 wounded, since 1968.

Does Bush realize to whom he wishes to grant a sovereign state?

Contributed by Joseph Alexander Noralnd