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December 07, 2002

Palestinians: Israel Faked Gaza Al Qaeda Presence

A fun activity when the weather is bad and you stay at home: Compile a list of all the denials and odd claims made by the Palestinians that are later shown to be total nonsense. Do these guys use peyote for some ritualistic purposes?
RAMALLAH, West Bank - The Palestinian Authority accused Israel's Mossad spy agency on Saturday of setting up a fake al Qaeda cell in Gaza so that Prime Minister Ariel Sharon could justify Israeli attacks in Palestinian areas.

A spokesman for Sharon called the allegation "sheer nonsense."

The Israeli leader said on Thursday that Osama bin Laden's organization had established a presence in Palestinian-ruled areas of Gaza and in Lebanon, aiming to attack Israel. He gave no further details in his comments at an Israeli media lunch.

"It is a big, big, big lie to cover (Sharon's) attacks and his crimes against our people everywhere," Palestinian President Yasser Arafat told reporters at his headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

Palestinian Information Minister Yasser Abed Rabbo pointed to an alleged Israeli plot.

"There are certain elements who were instructed by the Mossad to form a cell under the name of Al Qaeda in the Gaza Strip in order to justify the assault and the military campaigns of the Israeli occupation army against Gaza," Abed Rabbo said.
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And this is how they "prove" their claim:Palestinians arrest 'collaborators' posing as Al Qaeda operatives
Palestinian security forces have arrested a group of Palestinians for collaborating with Israel and posing as operatives of Osama bin Laden's Al Qaeda terrorist network, a senior official says.

The arrests come two days after Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon charged that Al Qaeda militants were operating in Gaza and in Lebanon.

"The Palestinian Authority arrested a group of collaborators who confessed they were working for Israel, posing as Al Qaeda operatives in the Palestinian territories," the official said, on condition of anonymity.

He said the alleged collaborators sought to "discredit the Palestinian people, justify every Israeli crime and provide reasons to carry out a new [military] aggression in the Gaza Strip."

Somehow, you just know that those "arrested" are now free and counting the extra pay they got for "confessing."