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Palestinian Authority Offices Burned Down [Terrorists Eating Their Own]
AP ^ | July 18, 2004 | Ibrahim Barzak

Posted on 07/18/2004 7:58:00 AM PDT by Alouette

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Gunmen angry over Yasser Arafat's overhaul of his security forces burned down Palestinian Authority offices in Gaza on Sunday.

In the West Bank city of Ramallah, Arafat met with his prime minister, Ahmed Qureia, to discuss the political crisis that erupted over continuing violence in Gaza and Qureia's attempt to resign as head of the Palestinian government.

"I totally reject your resignation and consider it nonexistent," Arafat told Qureia at a meeting Sunday, according to Cabinet minister Saeb Erekat. Qureia told his Cabinet on Saturday he was firm in his decision to quit.

Dozens of militants belonging to an extreme offshoot of Arafat's Fatah movement stormed an office building in the southern Gaza city of Khan Younis shortly after midnight to protest Arafat's appointment of his cousin, Moussa Arafat, as chief of security.

One security guard was wounded in a gun battle with the militants, who seized control of the building, stole weapons, and burned two offices and several cars parked nearby, witnesses and officials said.

Moussa Arafat's appointment was part of the Palestinian leader's reforms to his security forces, as demanded in the "road map" peace plan sponsored by the United States and supported by Egypt.

However, members of Arafat's own Fatah movement were infuriated, accusing Moussa Arafat of symbolizing the corruption and cronyism of the Palestinian Authority.

Dissent also spread to the security forces when navy chief Gomma Ghali, a strong Arafat supporter, handed in his resignation in protest over the appointment. His resignation, and those of two other senior security officers on Friday, have not been accepted, however.

Despite the protests, Moussa Arafat took control of the security forces at a handover ceremony in Gaza City on Sunday, saying he was prepared to fight all "potential enemies."

"I take my orders from His Excellency President Arafat. The one who appointed me is the only one who can ask me to quit my job," the new security chief said.

Moussa Arafat — previously the head of the Palestinian intelligence services — is known as a fierce commander, and completely loyal to Yasser Arafat. He was among the founders of Fatah in 1965.

In 1996, during a mass round up of Hamas and Islamic Jihad militants, Moussa Arafat shaved the heads and beards of the men he imprisoned to humiliate them. Human rights groups accused him of torture.

Dissatisfaction with Arafat's reforms spread throughout the Palestinian territories, though violence was confined to the Gaza Strip.

"Arafat now is at a crossroads. Either he makes a revolution inside his authority or the Palestinian people will make a revolution against him," said Ahmed Jamous, a student at Ramallah's Bir Zeit University.

"The people want elections and good government, not to be ruled by a group of corrupt thieves."

In Gaza late Saturday, about 2,000 protesters — many of them armed — marched to the Palestinian Legislative Council building.

"There is a consensus in the Palestinian nation and not just in Gaza that what is happening now can't continue," Soufian Abu Zaida, a Fatah leader in Gaza told Israel Radio.

Qureia updated Arafat on Saturday's stormy Cabinet session, in which ministers raged over the reforms and demanded the prime minister and his Cabinet be given more authority, said Cabinet ministers, who spoke on condition of anonymity. The Cabinet will meet again Monday.

Qureia, who has been in the post for 10 months, has been unable to carry out deep reforms in the Palestinian Authority to get rid of corruption because Arafat has balked at all attempts to relinquish authority.

The Gaza turmoil came against the background of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon (news - web sites)'s plan to withdraw from Gaza next year, intensifying a struggle for power and influence among the various Palestinian factions.

Sharon began talks on Sunday with opposition Labor Party leader Shimon Peres to rebuild his coalition government with parties that will support the Gaza pullout.

Also Sunday, the Israeli Cabinet extended for six months a rule forbidding Palestinians who marry Israelis from living in Israel. Human rights groups have criticized the law.

Arabs make up about 20 percent of the country's population, and many Israelis are concerned about their growing numbers.


TOPICS: Breaking News; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: ahmed; anarchy; arafat; buildings; burned; fire; moussa; palestine; palicivilwar; protest; qureia; zionist
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1 posted on 07/18/2004 7:58:03 AM PDT by Alouette
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To: 1bigdictator; 1st-P-In-The-Pod; 2sheep; 7.62 x 51mm; A Jovial Cad; a_witness; adam_az; af_vet_rr; ..
In Gaza late Saturday, about 2,000 protesters — many of them armed — marched to the Palestinian Legislative Council building.

So now they've been downgraded from "militants" to "protestors."

I ask all FReepers to pray for the safety of my son in the IDF, who is on duty in the Jordan Valley.

FRmail me to be added or removed from this Judaic/pro-Israel ping list.

WARNING: This is a high volume ping list

2 posted on 07/18/2004 7:59:38 AM PDT by Alouette ("Your children like olive trees seated round your table." -- Psalm 128:3)
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To: Alouette

Poor babies. Those checks from Saddam just ain't comin' no mo...


3 posted on 07/18/2004 8:01:34 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (If you can read this, thank a teacher. If you are reading this in English, thank a soldier.)
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To: Alouette

Oh, how I am heartbroken over this news. (NOT!)


4 posted on 07/18/2004 8:02:04 AM PDT by Maigrey ( If you disagree with {Kerry} on most any issue, you may just have caught him on the wrong day. -GWB)
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To: Alouette

The only thing better than the IDF burning PA buildings or killing their leaders is when the PA Islamofascists do it to themselves.


5 posted on 07/18/2004 8:03:51 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (Teresa Heinz Kerry: 'I have to say that John Edwards is very beautiful'...)
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To: Alouette; quidnunc


The roof, the roof, the roof is on fire...


6 posted on 07/18/2004 8:04:05 AM PDT by VaBthang4 (He Who Watches Over Israel Will Neither Slumber Nor Sleep)
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To: Alouette

The security fence is working like a charm. These killers only know violence... now that they can't murder Israeli innocents, they are murdering each other.


7 posted on 07/18/2004 8:04:31 AM PDT by inkling
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To: Alouette

Darwin lives!

Bump!


8 posted on 07/18/2004 8:05:07 AM PDT by Calpernia (Kerry is a egghead, he is a egghead and Cal is a walrus, coo coo cachoo)
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To: Alouette
Arafat now is at a crossroads. Either he makes a revolution inside his authority or the Palestinian people will make a revolution against him,"

I am really surprised that this has not happened sooner. These people must have the IQ of a slug.

9 posted on 07/18/2004 8:09:24 AM PDT by Lijahsbubbe
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To: Alouette

Another Watts going on in Gaza City.


10 posted on 07/18/2004 8:12:31 AM PDT by Piquaboy
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To: VaBthang4

C'mon [Pali] people
Throw your hands in the air
C'mon [Pali] people
Wave 'em like you don't care


11 posted on 07/18/2004 8:15:51 AM PDT by jocon307
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To: COBOL2Java
Poor babies. Those checks from Saddam just ain't comin' no mo...

And the wall is keeping them from killing women and children. That makes them cranky.

12 posted on 07/18/2004 8:18:53 AM PDT by Moonman62
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To: Alouette
I ask all FReepers to pray for the safety of my son in the IDF, who is on duty in the Jordan Valley.

Consider it done.

13 posted on 07/18/2004 8:27:23 AM PDT by umgud (speaking strictly as an infidel,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,)
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To: dennisw; Cachelot; Yehuda; Nix 2; veronica; Catspaw; knighthawk; Alouette; Optimist; weikel; ...
If you'd like to be on or off this middle east/political ping list, please FR mail me.
14 posted on 07/18/2004 8:28:08 AM PDT by SJackson (We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good, Hillary Clinton)
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To: VaBthang4

we don't need no water...


15 posted on 07/18/2004 8:28:17 AM PDT by Tree of Liberty (requiescat in pace, President Reagan)
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To: Moonman62
And the wall is keeping them from killing women and children. That makes them cranky. I know when I am in a demonic, blood-thirsty rage I get really ticked when something stands in MY way.
16 posted on 07/18/2004 8:32:35 AM PDT by JudyinCanada
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To: Alouette

Prayer just sent for the protection of your son, and all of Israel.


17 posted on 07/18/2004 8:33:59 AM PDT by JudyinCanada
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To: JudyinCanada

What's with these fiesty Republican gals?

Is this a great country or what!


18 posted on 07/18/2004 8:39:59 AM PDT by Stallone (Make love not war! ~ Lynndie England)
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To: Stallone

My prediction is that Canada will become Conservative next election, likely within the next two years when the minority government falls.


19 posted on 07/18/2004 8:42:24 AM PDT by Stallone (Make love not war! ~ Lynndie England)
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To: Stallone

I sure hope you're right, Stallone. I have been waiting for what seems like an eternity to be rid of these arrogant Liberals.


20 posted on 07/18/2004 8:47:05 AM PDT by JudyinCanada
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To: inkling
The security fence is working like a charm. These killers only know violence... now that they can't murder Israeli innocents, they are murdering each other.

My thoughts exactly.

21 posted on 07/18/2004 8:52:43 AM PDT by Aquinasfan (Isaiah 22:22, Rev 3:7, Mat 16:19)
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To: Grampa Dave; SJackson; Smartass; dennisw; MeekOneGOP; PhilDragoo; FBD
>> The only thing better . .

HOW SWEET! Scrumtious! DeliciousiO! Bon Appetit! Pass the mustard!

22 posted on 07/18/2004 8:54:02 AM PDT by Happy2BMe (Ronald Reagan to Islamic Terrorism: YOU CAN RUN - BUT YOU CAN'T HIDE!)
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To: JudyinCanada
"The Lord blesses those who bless Israel."
23 posted on 07/18/2004 8:54:35 AM PDT by fella
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To: Alouette

The way I read it, even the hot-heads are getting fed up with Arafat's corruption.


24 posted on 07/18/2004 8:58:55 AM PDT by expatpat
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To: Alouette

I ask all FReepers to pray for the safety of my son in the IDF, who is on duty in the Jordan Valley.


From your mouth to God's ear. Consider it done. God Bless him and God Bless Israel and the U.S.A.


25 posted on 07/18/2004 9:04:33 AM PDT by LoudRepublicangirl (loudrepublicangirl)
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To: Alouette; All

HA HA really scary part is that maybe some of terrorist may go after IDF soldier for hell of it too Alouette

Yeah it is LA Style riot breaking out in Gaza


26 posted on 07/18/2004 9:05:20 AM PDT by SevenofNine ("Not everybody , in it, for truth, justice, and the American way,"=Det Lennie Briscoe)
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To: jocon307; All

OMG don't do that I almost spit out my morning coffee LOLOLOL!

OH FR posters you are bad today LOLOLOL!


27 posted on 07/18/2004 9:07:01 AM PDT by SevenofNine ("Not everybody , in it, for truth, justice, and the American way,"=Det Lennie Briscoe)
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To: Alouette
Moussa Arafat

Chocolate Moussa, hair moussa, Moussa & squirrel, a moussa once bit my sister..

28 posted on 07/18/2004 9:11:59 AM PDT by csvset
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To: Alouette
""I totally reject your resignation and consider it nonexistent," Arafat told Qureia"

What if he rejects his rejection and declares his nonexistent comment nonexistent? huh? what then? heheh

Its fun to see them cannibalizing each other.

29 posted on 07/18/2004 9:14:04 AM PDT by No Blue States
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To: Alouette
navy chief Gomma Ghali

OK, bet this job really fills up the day!

30 posted on 07/18/2004 9:14:34 AM PDT by L`enn
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To: COBOL2Java

Far more yearsw ago that I want to admit, when I was in high school taking a sociology seminar, one of my fellow students, somewhat of a thug himself, came up with a plan for elimiinating juvenile delinquency. The idea was to buy a Cook County Forest Preserve, ring it with barbed wire, round up all the delinquents, give each one a sawed off shotgun and all the shells he could carry, and release them inside the compound. Nature could then be allowed to take its course. All they authorities would havbe to do would be keep the inmates from escaping, throw in more ammunitiokn form time to time, a food packet or two, and more delinquients to replenish the constantly declining mnumber in the compound. It was called the McPherson Plan.

It looks like the Plais may hve just achieved thier own McPherson Plan for themselves. We can only hope and pray that the subhumans have.


31 posted on 07/18/2004 9:17:26 AM PDT by libstripper
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To: Lijahsbubbe
I am really surprised that this has not happened sooner.

When you have been trained to think of yourself as a victim who must revolt against the guys at the top you go for the most visible one. That was Israel but now that door has been closed. So they are going after the next most visible target and the one they should have been going after all along.

Not a real surprise. But it is a good lesson in why cultivating this kind of mindset is dangerous. This will continue until this the mind set is changed.

32 posted on 07/18/2004 9:22:28 AM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear ( "Lady Snuggles of the Lethal Yew" Ense et aratro!)
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To: Alouette

Palestinian militants of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, a militia linked to Yasser Arafat's Fatah movement, raise their rifles Saturday in protest of new appointments in the Palestinian security aparatus.


Does this mean AraSplat won't be able to be in Boston to support his buddy at the convention?
awwwww. ;-)


33 posted on 07/18/2004 9:37:32 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi Mac ... Godspeed x40 ... Support Our Troops!!! ......Become a FR Monthly Donor ...)
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To: Happy2BMe
HOW SWEET! Scrumtious! DeliciousiO! Bon Appetit! Pass the mustard!



Ketchup And Grey Poupon  

An unnamed Republican strategist told the Boston Herald this week that Senator John Kerry wouldn't run well nationwide because he "looks French." Kerry says he has a perfectly good explanation for that, pointing out that up until about three months ago, he WAS French.  


34 posted on 07/18/2004 9:47:39 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP (There is only one GOOD 'RAT: one that has been voted OUT of POWER !! Straight ticket GOP!)
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To: Lijahsbubbe; Alouette; Simcha7; 2sheep; Jeremiah Jr; Yehuda; dennisw; yonif; aculeus; dighton; ...
I am really surprised that this has not happened sooner. These people must have the IQ of a slug.

Praise the Lord and pass the popcorn.

35 posted on 07/18/2004 10:00:11 AM PDT by Thinkin' Gal
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>> Kerry looks French.

hehehe .. he probably craps grey poupon and pi$$es perrier.

36 posted on 07/18/2004 10:00:11 AM PDT by Happy2BMe (Ronald Reagan to Islamic Terrorism: YOU CAN RUN - BUT YOU CAN'T HIDE!)
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To: Alouette

I am deeply saddened by this needless intra-terrorist conflagration.


37 posted on 07/18/2004 10:31:06 AM PDT by George W. Bush (It's the Congress, stupid.)
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To: Alouette
"Moussa Arafat shaved the heads and beards of the men he imprisoned to humiliate them"

Oh Noooo....say it ain't so! Here goes Ted Kennedy again protesting the treatment of rag heads again. Just when he and all his ilk are calming down from the underwear on the ragheads. I have no doubt this will rate another speach on the floor of the Senate and quite a few news conferences to protest this in humain treatment.

38 posted on 07/18/2004 10:33:23 AM PDT by Flint
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To: George W. Bush

It's all your fault. ;-D


39 posted on 07/18/2004 10:36:24 AM PDT by Judith Anne (Just another Bush-bot biddy drinking that Republican KoolAid.)
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To: Judith Anne
It's all your fault. ;-D

Yes, like every other bad thing in the world. Just yesterday, Dick Cheney stubbed his toe and accused me of causing it. Why, oh why, do I keep doing these evil things!
40 posted on 07/18/2004 10:39:47 AM PDT by George W. Bush (It's the Congress, stupid.)
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To: Alouette

The more I read about this subject....the more the scripture comes to mind about Ishmael.....where it says in Genesis 16:12....

"He will be a wild donkey of a man, with his hand against everyone and everyone's hand against him, living his life at odds with all his kinsmen."

If these people don't have somebody to be fighting with, they just don't seem to be content. I've known a certain few people like this in my short lifetime, and they are miserable people. ...such a shame, and a loss.


41 posted on 07/18/2004 10:52:07 AM PDT by hiredhand
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To: George W. Bush

;-D


42 posted on 07/18/2004 11:01:18 AM PDT by Judith Anne (Just another Bush-bot biddy drinking that Republican KoolAid.)
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To: Happy2BMe
hehe ! He's a MESS alright!

43 posted on 07/18/2004 11:04:16 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP (There is only one GOOD 'RAT: one that has been voted OUT of POWER !! Straight ticket GOP!)
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To: Alouette

ROPMA


44 posted on 07/18/2004 11:06:12 AM PDT by ChadGore (Vote Bush. He's Earned It.)
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To: Alouette
The Palestinians are given up to violence, they are causing their own downfall.

I ask all FReepers to pray for the safety of my son in the IDF, who is on duty in the Jordan Valley.

Can do.

45 posted on 07/18/2004 11:11:11 AM PDT by massiveblob
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To: Alouette
Gunmen angry over Yasser Arafat's overhaul of his security forces burned down Palestinian Authority offices in Gaza on Sunday.

Thank you terrorists!!

[And now, back to our regularly scheduled program: "Hey terrorists! EAT ME RAW YOU AHOLES!!!"]

46 posted on 07/18/2004 11:13:48 AM PDT by Indie (Ignorance of the truth is no excuse for stupidity.)
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To: massiveblob

Prayers going up for your son and all IDF soldiers!


47 posted on 07/18/2004 11:14:45 AM PDT by Indie (Ignorance of the truth is no excuse for stupidity.)
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To: Alouette

Storming Heaven.


48 posted on 07/18/2004 11:15:01 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion: The Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Alouette
Dissent also spread to the security forces when navy chief Gomma Ghali, a strong Arafat supporter, handed in his resignation in protest over the appointment.

Wow, Yasser would've been in deep doo-doo if his air force and space command chiefs had resigned, too.

49 posted on 07/18/2004 11:32:30 AM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: Lijahsbubbe
These people must have the IQ of a slug.

But without any of the class and charm.

50 posted on 07/18/2004 11:41:15 AM PDT by Don Joe (We've traded the Rule of Law for the Law of Rule.)
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