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April 11, 2003

Palestinians Vow to Step Up Attacks after Saddam's Fall - Khalid Abu Toameh

Leaders of various Palestinian groups said Thursday they will escalate the fight against Israel following the collapse of Saddam Hussein's regime in Iraq. The threats came as many Palestinians were saying they still don't understand what went wrong in Baghdad. In some places, Palestinians were seen removing posters of Saddam Hussein from public buildings. "There's a big mystery and a big secret surrounding the Iraqi surrender to the U.S., Britain, and Israel," said Fuad Abu Hijleh, a Palestinian political analyst. "We will wait to see what really happened there." A cartoon in the PA's daily Al-Hayat al-Jadeeda depicted an Arab man, with tears streaming from his eyes, hoisting a black flag that carries the label Baghdad. (Jerusalem Post)