Fatah threat to attack Jews abroad to demand release of jailed fighters in Israel highlights need for death penalty for terrorists
April 17, 2006
MIM:The need for a death penalty for terrorists is highlighted by threat that Fatah killers will start attacking Jews abroad and by the jubilance exhibited by terrorists in an Israeli prison after hearing about the Tel Aviv attack. Imprisoned Terrorists Jubilant Following Terror Attack
Monday, April 17, 2006 / 19 Nisan 5766
(IsraelNN.com) Arab terrorists imprisoned in Ketziot Prison were jubilant on Monday afternoon after hearing of the suicide bombing attack in Tel Aviv's N'vei Sha'anan neighborhood.
The prison facility houses some 2,200 terrorists.
Palestinian militants threaten to attack Jews abroad
Palestinian militants linked to President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah movement have theatened to attack Jews overseas to force Israel to release Palestinian prisoners from its jails.
The call by militants of the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades could heighten tension between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, which has been crippled financially by the loss of Western aid, and of tax and customs revenues frozen by Israel, after Hamas's crushing electoral win over Fatah in January.
The group said in a statement: "This is an open call to all our fighters in the homeland to focus on kidnapping Israeli soldiers and civilians inside our occupied land. And if the enemy does not release our prisoners, then Zionists outside Palestine will be an easy target for our fighters."
The threat was made shortly before a Palestinian suicide bomber killed himself and six other people at a sandwich stand in Tel Aviv, an attack claimed by both Islamic Jihad and al-Aqsa.
Two other main Palestinian militant groups, Hamas and Islamic Jihad, also said they supported violence to free more than 8,000 prisoners held by the Jewish state, but neither explicitly backed attacks on Jews outside Israel.
The call could also sow discord between al-Aqsa militants and more moderate Fatah politicians including Mr Abbas, who has been struggling to control gunmen from his own party.
Senior Fatah official and lawmaker Saeb Erekat declined to comment directly on the threat, but said securing freedom for prisoners was at the top of Mr Abbas's agenda.
Palestinian security sources say al-Aqsa gunmen were behind some of the recent rash of kidnappings of foreigners in the Gaza Strip, which Israel left last year after 38 years of occupation. They have also been involved in internal Palestinian clashes.
But gunmen from the group, which has also carried out suicide bombings and other attacks in Israel and the Palestinian territories during the five-year-old uprising, have not previously threatened Jews abroad.
MIM: Labor MK Danny Yatom highlights the suicidal surrender mentality of the left by advocating talking to Abu Mazen whose the errorist group Fatah has threatened to attack Jews abroad. The concept of appealing to a "kinder gentler executioner" illustrates the mentality which has resulted in the terror attack which took place today.