Fwd: [eI-media] Israel's "smoking gun" a damp firecracker

rohan ropearce_1999 at yahoo.com.au
Thu Apr 4 18:48:18 MST 2002


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BREAKING NEWS FROM
THE ELECTRONIC INTIFADA

http://electronicIntifada.net/
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ISRAEL'S "SMOKING GUN" A DAMP FIRECRACKER
Israel's crude attempt to 'link Arafat to terror' backfires

By Ali Abunimah, Nigel Parry, and Laurie King-Irani
A special report from The Electronic Intifada, 4 April 2002.

http://electronicIntifada.net/actionitems/020404aamb.html

SUMMARY: There are two problems with the document that undermine
Israeli claims that it links the Palestinian Authority/Arafat to
terrorist attacks against Israeli civilians:

1) The list of people in the document are not suicide bombers as
claimed. We have verified 4 out of the seven mentioned are people
Israel in fact assassinated. This is easily verifiable with
Lexis-Nexis and Internet searches. Variation in spellings of names
and limited time are our biggest obstacle to finding out the status
of the last 3.

2) The explosives are 'dual use'. While suicide bombings are clearly
one possibility, this document was dated 16 September 2001. At that
time, according to the IDF's own website (quoted in the report
above), the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades was not committing suicide
bombings.

Rather they were blowing up Israeli tanks as they entered their
refugee camps which, as these were military vehicles attacking the
camps, are universally considered under international law to be
legitimate targets for people resisting military occupation.

Nigel Parry
for The Electronic Intifada Team



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