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November 28, 2002

The Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades are committed to the decisions of the Fatah leadership

Does this come as a surprise to anyone? Question: what should be done about it?
Note: this just in from DEBKA: Four Israelis killed, more than 30 injured - 3 critically, 10 seriously - in Palestinian shooting-grenade rampage at Beit Shean central bus station, post office and crowded Likud voting booth, Thursday afternoon. Soldiers shoot two dead. Suspected booby-trapped car found nearby.

Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, arm of Arafat’s Fatah, claims Beit Shean killings.

Following is a quotation from habash's interview:
"The brigades (Al-Aqsa Martyrs) were founded by the initiative of (the operatives) on the ground by the leadership in the different regions. Their establishment was intended to bring the Fatah to fulfill it's (worthy) role in the struggle and in the Intifida. They were not founded by a decision of the central committee (the supreme leadership of the Fatah) but they are committed to the positions of the movement reached by the central committee and the decisions of the national and Islamic forces (the supreme coordinator body of the Palestinian political and semi-military forces responsible for coordinating the Intifada activities. Note: The words of Sahar Habash, a senior leader of the Fatah movement and very close to Arafat, point to the direct ties between the military wing (active as a terrorist wing) of the Fatahto the political leadership of the movement headed by Yasser Arafat. It is worth remembering that the U.S and the European Union declared in mid 2002 that the military wing of the Fatah was a "terrorist organization".
Source, in Arabic