Palestinians condemn Anglo-American bombing of Baghdad

Xxxx Xxxxxx xxxxxxxxxx at xxxxxxxxxxxxx.xxx
Mon Feb 19 08:22:00 MST 2001


 

In addition to Mac's observations on Saddam's motives as to why Iraq was bombed
, there might be an indirect relation between Saddam's support to intifada and
US bombing. After all, this bombing is an attack on Arab people in general, be
it Palestinians or Iraqis. The below source indicates that  "Iraqi President
Saddam Hussein has been gaining popularity among many Palestinians recently, 
especially since the outbreak of the Palestinian intifada or uprising, mainly
due to his generous financial help to the families of Palestinian martyrs. Iraq
offered of $10,000 to each martyr's family and $3,000 to each Palestinian
seriously injured in the nearly 5 month-old uprising" .

 

No regime in the Arab world has been so generous to the Palestinian cause so
far. It is also instructive to note that every single bourgeois leader in the
Arab world, while seemingly denouncing the bombing, can *not* afford to be a polemical
figure like Saddam is.----Mine

 

http://www.palestine-info.com/index_e.htm

Palestinians condemn Anglo-American bombing of Baghdad

 

Occupied Jerusalem: Palestinians at all levels strongly condemned British and
American aerial bombing of the Iraqi capital  Baghdad on Friday which resulted
in the death of a number of civilians and inflicted heavy material damage.

 

Palestinian Authority officials denounced the bombing  as "vicious" and opined
that it was meant "to cover up the criminal Zionist aggression against our
people."

 

PA legislative council member, Ahmed Qrei, said in a solidarity letter to his
Iraqi counterpart,  National Council Speaker Sa'adoun Hamadi, that the
Palestinian people were identifying with Iraq against American aggression.

 

Moreover, Popular forces in the West Bank and Gaza as well as in 1948-Palestine
also expressed their outrage at the American bombing.

 

Hamas official in Nalubs, Jamal Mansour, said the Anglo-American bombing was "a
reassertion of western enmity to Arabs and Islam," adding that there were not
any real justifications for the bombing.

 

The same them was voiced by other Palestinian groups that viewed the bombing as
part of the overall American policy toward the Arab world.

 

"This criminal bombing amounts to a blatant aggression not only against Iraq but
against the entire Arab nation," said Hussein Rahal, head of the pro-Iraqi Arab
Liberation Front.

 

He called on Arab masses to exert pressure on Arab regimes to end official
silence and lend support for the Iraqi people.

 

In Nablus, the West Bank's largest town, hundreds of Palestinian activists from
various political orientations took part in a rally in solidarity with Iraq.

 

Participants carried signs condemning the American bombing, and calling on Arab
and Muslim masses to show solidarity with the Iraqi people.

 

One speaker called on political leaders in the region to boycott the upcoming
visit to the Middle East by US Secretary of State Colin Powel.

 

Another speaker argued that the real aim of the bombing was to divert attention
from the daily genocidal rampage carried out by the Zionists against the
Palestinian people.

 

Iraqi President Saddam Hussein has been gaining popularity among many
Palestinians recently,  especially since the outbreak of the Palestinian
intifada or uprising, mainly due to his generous financial help to the families
of Palestinian martyrs.

 

Iraq offered of $10,000 to each martyr's family and $3,000 to each Palestinian
seriously injured in the nearly 5 month-old uprising.   --- Xxxx Xxxxx Xxxxxx
Ph.D Student Department of Political Science SUNY at Albany Nelson A.
Rockefeller College 135 Western Ave.; Milne 102 Albany, NY 12222        





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