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June 30, 2006

Palestinian Terrorists Promise More Abductions

Topics: Middle East News and Perspectives
A sobering reminder of why the IDF is now in Gaza - No Israeli who has ever been abducted by Palestinian terrorists -- regardless whether by Hezbollah or leftist Palestinian nationalists -- has ever survived. That goes a long way toward explaining why Israel has threatened to retaliate hard to either free the hostage or extract revenge.
hamas terrothugs.jpgAs Israel worries about the well-being of Cpl Gilad Shalit, held hostage in the Gaza Strip, and after the cold blooded murder of 18 year-old Eliyahu Asheri, the abducted (while hitchhiking) Jewish settler was found in Ramallah, it apparent that the radical Islamic Palestinian terrorists have decided to copy the tactics used by Islamic extremists in Iraq. A visit with Hamas and the Al-Aqsa Brigade:
Such kidnappings might even be organized in the future by a man who calls himself Abd al-Salam. Thin and in his mid-thirties, he's dressed in a white polo shirt and drives a white Fiat Uno. "There will be more of these kinds of abductions," the mid-level member of the al-Aqsa Brigade, the militant wing of Fatah, says. "We have also taken setters as hostages and killed them," he says, referring to the alleged death of a 62-year-old man from Tel Aviv. Israeli authorities claim the man died of natural causes. "They're just trying to calm their people -- pure propaganda," says the Palestinian militiaman.

"You could say we've developed a new tactic," says al-Salam, adding that abductions in the West Bank are likely to become more frequent. Over 100,000 Jewish settlers live in the occupied territories -- handy living targets for militants. Following the deaths of a dozen Palestinian civilians recently, many are ready to extract revenge. "We are sick of it, we must avenge ourselves," says al-Salam, adding that if kidnappings are so painful for the Israelis, the Palestinians should have started doing it earlier.

... on Thursday morning, the body of an Israeli settler who had been kidnapped was found in Ramallah. A group called the Popular Resistance Committees said the settler had been "executed," borrowing similar terminology used by Islamists in Iraq.

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Posted by Richard at June 30, 2006 9:25 AM



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