Returning terrorists to join PA 'security' forces "to protect them against assassination attempts "
Peace through Jihad PA = Paid (and protected ) Assassins
February 16, 2005
MIM: Despite the fact that two suicide bombings and numerous attacks were being perpetrated daily after Abbas took over leadership PA, it took another suicide bombing , 4 deaths and over 50 maimed in the heart of Tel Aviv, for the chairman of the Knesset Defense Committee to to come to the conclusion that "Abbas is Arafat". Even more obscenely the Israeli prime minister has "warned" terrorist chieftain Mazen that their "will be no diplomatic progress until they take firm action to liquidate the terror organisations and their infrastructures".
Sharon's ideas of diplomatic progress with terrorists is furthering the agenda of his peace partner Mazen whose idea of "diplomatic progress" involves liquidating the entire Jewish population of Israel.
The chairman of the Knesset defense and foreign affairs committee Steinitz 'covered' the government's collusion with terrorists by adding a disingenuous caveat that "Abbas may not be the Arafat who openly encourages terrrorism" but the "Arafat of the first years of Oslo. The Israeli 'defense' chairman seems hard pressed to admit that a 'temporary cease fire' with terrorist attacks may not be one after all...
"...Abu Mazen is actually Arafat – maybe not the Arafat of the last few years who openly encouraged terrorism, but certainly the Arafat of the first years of Oslo – because though he is adhering to the hudna [temporary ceasefire], he has taken no forcible action to dismantle the terrorist infrastructures, to collect illegal weapons and to significantly punish those who organize terrorism." 2/26/04 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/news.php3?id=77540
MIM: Another bright light, Zalman Shuval, a former ambassador who no longer has to worry about keeping his job, excluded the caveat and said;"
About 350 Palestinian gunmen will be incorporated into the Palestinian Authority security forces soon as part of a deal reached between PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and leaders of all the Palestinian factions, The Jerusalem Post has learned.
The militiamen, who are on Israel's list of wanted terrorists, belong to various factions, including Hamas and Islamic Jihad.
This is the first time that members of Hamas and Islamic Jihad would serve in the PA security forces.
PA Minister of Agriculture Ibrahim Abu al-Naja revealed that the agreement to recruit the fugitives was achieved with the help of a top Egyptian security delegation that visited the West Bank and Gaza Strip earlier this week. The delegation, led by Gen. Mustafa Buhairi, deputy head of Egyptian Intelligence, held a series of meetings with representatives of all the factions and commanders of the security forces.
"The fugitives who will join the security forces belong to all the Palestinian groups and factions," Naja said. "The move is designed to protect them against Israeli assassination attempts."
According to Naja, who heads the Higher Committee of National and Islamic Forces in the Gaza Strip, the fugitives included members of the armed wings of Hamas and Islamic Jihad – Izzaddin Kassam and Al-Kuds Brigades. The two groups are responsible for most of the suicide bombings and rocket attacks against Israeli targets over the past four years.
"The Palestinian Authority does not distinguish between the wanted men," he said. "They are entitled to join the security forces because of their involvement in the resistance."
Abbas recently offered to absorb members of the armed wing of Fatah, the Aksa Martyrs Brigades, into the security forces, but not all the gunmen have accepted the proposal.
A PA security official confirmed that the PA leadership had agreed to incorporate Hamas and Islamic Jihad activists into the security forces. He said that Hamas and Islamic Jihad leaders who met with Abbas last week in Gaza City demanded that their followers be recruited as policemen as a condition for accepting a temporary truce with Israel.
"There's no reason why Hamas and Islamic Jihad gunmen can't join the security forces," the official added. "They are part of the Palestinian people. The Israelis and Americans should be happy about this move, because it means that these men will stop all of their activities."
Former PA security minister Muhammad Dahlan said Tuesday that Abbas would take a number of important measures to enforce law and order in PA-controlled areas in the next few days. He said the measures included carrying out death sentences imposed on convicted murderers by PA courts.
Referring to attempts by senior Fatah and PA officials to illegally take control of lands that would be evacuated by Israel in the context of the disengagement plan, Dahlan said: "The era of gangsterism is over. Abu Mazen [Abbas] won't allow anyone to take control of one centimeter of the land of the settlements. Any official who thinks that he can take something by force will be arrested and punished."
(IsraelNN.com) Israel today released the names of 500 prisoners scheduled for release next week. The list was published to allow time for court appeals. Several of the prisoners were involved in terrorist attacks but were not considered to be directly responsible for killings. The cabinet stipulated that those with "blood on their hands" may not be freed.
Included in the list are Amjad Bahti, who was sentenced to 46 months for trying to plant a bomb, and Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigade member Mahdi A-Rahim. He was imprisoned for 52 months two years ago for shooting at Israeli soldiers.
MIM: Now that terrorists are being released by Israel so they can join the PA 'security forces' and be "protected from assassination" by Israel, it should come as no surprise that an Israeli legal rights lawyer who advocates for terrorist victims is leading the campaign to save Arabs who helped Israel from being executed by Mazen and his Paid Assassins .(!)
Abu Mazen Orders Execution of Arabs Accused of Helping Israel
Thursday, February 17, 2005 / 8 Adar 5765
In one of his first policy decisions as head of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) has approved death sentences for three Arab men accused of helping Israel.
Gaza governor Sakher Bseso announced earlier this week that Abu Mazen had transferred several cases of people sentenced to death under Yassir Arafat's regime to the Mufti (arbiter of Islamic law) of Jerusalem, Sheikh Ikrima Sabri. Abu Mazen then signed the decisions, authorizing PA executioners to carry out the death sentences.
Shurat HaDin – The Israel Law Center condemned the decision, and though the identity of the three men was not released, speculated that the condemned men were most probably Yusef Hassan Sinwar, Muhammad Abu Kainas and his son, Rami Kainas.
Sinwar, 31, was sentenced to hanging by a PA military tribunal in October 2004, after an hour long "trial." He was convicted of assisting the IDF in capturing fugitive terrorists.
Abu Kainas and his son were similarly convicted in a Gaza military court of charges that they tipped off the IDF to the whereabouts of Hamas chief Abdel-Aziz Rantisi in June 2003, even though it lead to a failed assassination attempt, and that they also gave away the location of Ra'fat Za'anin, a Hamas leader the IDF successfully killed in 2003. The father and son were displayed to journalists in September 2004 at a police station in Gaza operated by Mohammed Dahlan's PA forces.
Another PA prisoner, Walid Hamdiya, has been on death row since 1995. In October 2002, he was sentenced to death by firing squad. Hamdiya's sentence, however, has not yet been carried out. Several other accused Israeli agents being held in PA prisons are facing capital charges although they have not been "convicted" as of yet.
"At a time when Israel is recklessly preparing to release hundreds of dangerous Palestinian terrorists from its jails as a goodwill gesture to Abbas," stated Shurat HaDin Director Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, "The Palestinians are reciprocating by carrying out the executions of suspected Israeli agents. Israel must immediately abandon the planned terrorist release and takes steps to stop the death sentences from being implemented."
In August 2002 Shurat HaDin petitioned the Palestinian Authority's Minister of Justice for permission to appear in the Gaza security court to defend another accused Israeli agent, Akram Mohammed al-Zatma, who was charged by the Palestinian preventive security forces with assisting Israeli military forces in their targeted killing of Hamas and Fatah leaders. The PA rejected its request.
In December 2000, Shurat HaDin filed a similar petition with former Justice Minister Freih Abu Meddein on behalf of another accused Palestinian collaborator, Alan Bani-Odeh. Again, the Shurat HaDin request was denied by Abu Meddein. The next day, a Palestinian security court sentenced Bani-Odeh to death in the course of a ten minute "trial" during which masked Hamas gunmen roamed the court room. Shortly afterwards Bani-Odeh was brought to the public square in Shechem (Nablus) and executed by a PA firing squad.
Even a PA human rights groups joined the condemnation of Abu Mazen. Bassam Eid, director of the Palestinian Human Rights Monitoring Group (PHRMG), said that Abbas' decision to refer the cases to Sabri doesn't bode well for PA democracy. "On the one hand, Abbas talks publicly about democracy, human rights and pluralism; but on the other hand he transfers the names of 51 Palestinians to the mufti, which is against international rules and human rights," Eid said. "I see it like the other side of the same coin that was Arafat."
U.S. Pres. Bush's plan to give $390 million to the PA "defies" long-standing Bush policy - and ignores Abu Mazen's rich terrorist past. So says former Israeli liaison to Congress Yoram Ettinger.
Ettinger, an expert on Israel-U.S. relations, furthermore notes that Abu Mazen's rich terrorist history has all but been ignored.
Nine days after the 9/11 attacks in 2001, Bush stated his intention to "deliver to the US all the leaders of Al-Qaeda... [to] close immediately and permanently every terrorist training camp in Afghanistan, and hand over every terrorist... They will hand over the terrorists, or they will share in their fate."
However, Ettinger notes, Bush is now ignoring Abu Mazen's stated intention that he will not fight or extradite Hamas terrorists, but will rather integrate them into the PA leadership.
Bush said in his speech, "We are not deceived by their pretenses to piety." Yet, Ettinger states, "notwithstanding Abu Mazen's grandpa-like well-shaved appearance, he was Arafat's chief accomplice since the 1950's, he has shaped PA's hate-education, he and his son have been role models for 'Mr. 20%' kickback/corruption, he was the chief architect of PLO ties with ruthless communist regimes, and he played a key role in hijacking planes, in the 1972 Munich Olympics Massacre, in the 1972 execution of 2 US ambassadors, and in the 1970 and 1976 attempts to topple the Hashemite and Lebanese regimes."
"We will starve terrorists of funding," Bush said then – while "now he plans to give the Palestinian Authority, the largest terror base in the world, $390 million in foreign aid."
Ettinger posits that the prerequisite for US assistance to Iraq and to Afghanistan "was the thorough eradication of - rather than accommodation with - rogue regimes. US policy would not tolerate top Ba'th or Taliban leaders running for office, let alone heading a new regime. The US would not tolerate an Iraqi or Afghani candidates campaigning for office on the shoulders of a most wanted notorious terrorist, as did Abu Mazen on the shoulders of Zakaria Zubeidi, the leading terrorist in Jenin... Abu Mazen [was] Arafat's most intimate confidant during the last 50 years and Arafat's loyal #2 since 1993. Abu Mazen had occasionally disagreed with Arafat tactically, but always concurred strategically. Contrary to US policy in Iraq and Afghanistan, the US has re-entrenched, rather than uproot, the rogue old regime, thus rewarding Palestinian terrorism and adrenalizing regional anti-US terrorism."
"...President Bush ("State of the Union", Feb. 2, 2005) and Secretary of State Rice (Israel, Feb. 7, 2005) have condemned Syria for harboring terrorists, which has denied Damascus US foreign aid and cooperation. Where does that leave Abu Mazen, who has harbored Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorists, while heading the political infrastructure of PA ("security organizations") terrorism?! Abu Mazen met - in December 2004 in Damascus - the leaders of Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the PDFLP, and will meet shortly with other Islamic terrorists in Teheran. Both meetings (at terrorist capitals) aim at coordination and co-existence with terrorists, in defiance of the morally-just and strategically-right US war on global terrorism-
Terrorist Freed in Last Prisoner Release Attacks Jewish Town Thursday, February 17, 2005
Israel will release 500 Arab prisoners jailed for involvement in terrorist activity in the coming days. A terrorist freed in a previous exchange in January 2004 attempted an attack on Wednesday.
An IDF force yesterday spotted two armed terrorists approaching the Jewish community of Bracha, overlooking Shechem in the Shomron. The soldiers opened fire, killing both terrorists.
One of the two would-be murderers was Atzam Mantzur, 29. He was apprehended by Israel in October 2001, but was later freed from prison in January 2004 by the Sharon government as part of an exchange for captured Israeli Elchanan Tenenbaum and the bodies of three IDF soldiers murdered by Hizbullah.
The other terrorist was 24-year-old Mahyub Yusef Kiny. Both terrorists were members of the PLO's Tanzim terror group.
After extensive searches, a 20-lb. roadside bomb was discovered today in that same area, along the road leading to Bracha. The bomb was to be detonated using a cellular phone, but was neutralized by police sappers, preventing what could have been a devastating attack on school buses and other vehicles entering and leaving the community.
As this was going on, Israel released the names of the 500 prisoners scheduled for release next week. Victims of terror attacks were given 48 hours to file petitions against the release of specific prisoners, but Israel's Supreme Court rejected all such requests. In an unprecedented rendering of a political opinion, Supreme Court Judge Mishael Heshin gave an endorsement of the practice of releasing prisoners, telling petitioners Wednesday that he thinks the prisoner release will advance peace.
The Cabinet stipulated that no terrorists with "blood on their hands" would be released in the first release, and in fact none of those on the current list murdered anyone. What differentiates between those being released and those excluded, however, is only whether their particular attack actually succeeded in killing Jews. The Almagor Terror Victims Association notes that many of those who have been released in previous years return to their terrorist ways.
Over 40 of the terrorists included in the upcoming release carried out shooting attacks with the intention of murdering Israelis, and several were involved in planning bombings. Included are such terrorists as Amjad Bahti, who was sentenced to 46 months for trying to plant a bomb, and Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigade Mahdi A-Rahim, who was imprisoned two years ago for shooting at Israeli soldiers.
Many of those to be released worked as, and will again become, PA para-military policemen.
The list of those to be released, alongside a partial list of the crimes of which they were convicted, can be viewed on the web site of the Israel Prison Service.
Israel Releases 500 Convicted Terrorists in Gesture to Abbas
Monday, February 21, 2005
Greeted by crowds of cheering Arabs waving PLO flags, the first busloads of convicted PA terrorists arrived in Bitunia near Ramallah shortly after 11:00 AM on Monday.
The terrorists were released by the Sharon government as part of a confidence building gesture to PA leader Mahmoud Abbas. Abbas has pledged to work for the release of all convicted PA terrorists serving time in Israeli jails.
Although, 180 of the 500 terrorists freed today did not complete two-thirds of their sentence, the High Court of Justice rejected a petition submitted by a group of terror victims challenging the release. The court ruled unanimously that the criteria for determining which prisoners to set free were within the government's legal authority.
Another 400 convicted terrorists are scheduled to be released within the next three months as part of the gesture Sharon made to Abbas at the Sharm-e Sheikh summit in early February. Israel and the PA, in a joint ministerial committee, will determine which convicted terrorists will be the next ones to have their sentences commuted and their freedom restored.
Among those greeting the terrorists in Ramallah was Abu Sucar, himself released in a previous gesture to PA officials. Abu Sucar detonated a refrigerator bomb in Jerusalem's Zion Square on July 4, 1975, killing 14 civilians and wounding 70. He was sentenced to life in jail, later freed by Israel and now serves as the PA's advisor for prisoner affairs.
In addition to releasing terrorists, Israel has agreed to allow deported terrorists to return to their homes in the PA. Thirty-nine such deportees who seized and threatened to blow up the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem after averting capture by the IDF will be returning shortly to Arab-held territories in Judea and Samaria.
Sixteen other PA terrorists from Judea and Samaria who were expelled to Gaza during the Oslo War along with their families returned to their homes on Sunday.
One of the terrorists released today told an Arutz Sheva TV reporter in Ramallah that Israel will have no "peace or security until all the [PA] prisoners are released."
(IsraelNN.com) The Tanzim terrorist arrested by Israeli soldiers Wednesday was released from prison last November. Wassim Matzor was arrested in his village near Shechem for involvement in shooting attacks and the recent attempt to plant a bomb near the community of Har Bracha near Shechem. One of the two terrorists killed in the attempt also was freed from jail.
Army sources said the Tanzim terror group is against the recent decline in violence against Israel and that its members are working with the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigade, a terror group associated with the Palestine Authority's (PA) Fatah party.