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May 12, 2003

Arafat Continues to Pull Terrorism Strings

A military body subservient to Yasser Arafat is that which murdered two Jews in the Binyamin region over the past several days. After Abu Mazen formed his new Palestinian Authority government, Arafat still retained control over five military organizations - Force 17, the National Security Forces, Military Intelligence, the naval forces, and General Intelligence. Haggai Huberman reports that an Israeli official says that members of the PA's Military Intelligence, headed by Musa Arafat, carried out the two drive-by murders of Gideon Lichterman and Tzion David. The official says that the murderers set out from the PA headquarters in Ramallah - the Mukata - and returned to it after the murders.

Israel has long warned that even after the formation of the new PA government, Arafat continues to pull the strings of terrorism from his official position.

The Yesha Council demands that the Prime Minister order the resumption of the siege on the Mukata until all the terrorist murderers who have found refuge there are caught or turned over. The Council also insists that the easing of travel restrictions in the PA be restored, as "enabling Arabs to wander around Yesha increases the danger of attacks."

A group of people who have either been wounded in drive-by shooting attacks, or are relatives of those who have been similarly murdered, wrote a strong letter to Prime Minister Sharon last week on this matter. The two dozen signatories - including the widows of Rabbi Yitzchak Arama, Aryeh and Assaf Hershkovitz, Rabbi Elimelech Shapira, and Gilad Zar; the widowers of Sarah Lisha, Techiya Blumberg, and Sarah Blaustein; and the parents of Sarit Amrani, Binyamin Kahane, and Esther Alwan - warn that a decision to relax restrictions on Arab traffic in Yesha will be "an abandonment of Jewish lives," that it is "an expressly unlawful order," and that "this message is already written in blood on the roads of Yesha."