Skip to comments.Palestinians Demand Arab Involvement
Posted on 07/18/2006 12:01:23 PM PDT by rrstar96
Enraged by the failure of the Arab countries to help Hizbullah and Hamas in their confrontation with Israel, one of the major Palestinian militias announced on Tuesday that it had recruited dozens of women to join the fight against Israel.
Dressed in military fatigue and armed with rocket-propelled grenades and Kalashnikov rifles, the women were sent to march in the streets of Gaza City, chanting slogans in support of Hizbullah and Hamas and calling on all Arabs and Muslims to launch a war against Israel. Some of the women fired into the air as they passed near the offices of the Palestinian Legislative Council.
This was the first time that armed Palestinian women held a paramilitary march in the Gaza Strip. The women, some under the age of 20, belong to a new force that was revealed by the armed wing of the Popular Resistance Committees, an alliance of various militias that has been operating in the Gaza Strip over the past five years.
The decision to establish the new force comes one week after the armed wing of Fatah announced the formation of a female suicide bomber unit to launch attacks against Israel. Um al-Abed, a spokeswoman for the group, said last week that over 100 women from the West Bank and Gaza Strip had signed up to carry out suicide attacks.
"Today we have established an army of women to defend the Arabs and Muslims," said Shayma al-Koka, one of the leaders of the force whose members marched in Gaza City on Tuesday. "If Arab men can't defend the honor of the Arabs and Muslims, then the women will fulfill their duty. Arab men and armies have failed in carrying out their moral and religious duties."
She added: "We are sick and tired of waiting for the Arab leaders and governments to defend the people of Palestine and Lebanon. The Arab leaders and armies are sleeping and therefore we, the women of Palestine, will join the jihad against the Jews. I advise the Arab leaders to go underground because we and all the honorable Arabs and Muslims will prevail."
Chanting Allahu Akbar [God is great], the women also burned flags of some Arab and European countries, as well as Israel and the US.
Echoing frustration with what is described as the "impotence" of the Arab world, the Palestine National Council, the PLO's parliament-in-exile, urged all Arabs and Muslims to side with Lebanon in the current confrontation with Israel. The council expressed deep concern at the failure of the Arab countries to assist the Palestinians and Lebanese who are "facing physical elimination and the destruction of their infrastructure."
Hamas, meanwhile, is seeking to distance itself from Hizbullah and most of its top leaders have refrained thus far from embracing the Shi'ite organization in public. Salah Bardaweel, a Hamas representative in the Gaza Strip, denied reports in the Arab media that his movement was working closely with Hizbullah.
"There is no organizational relation between Hamas and Hizbullah," he said. "As resistance groups, we share the same goals and strategies in facing the Israeli occupation."
He too criticized the Arab countries for failing to come to the aid of their brothers in the Palestinian territories and Lebanon. "When will the Arab leaders finally wake up?" Bardaweel asked.
Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said Tuesday that Israel's recent air raids on a number of PA ministries reflected the "mentality of insanity that characterizes Israeli leaders." Israel, he added, has embarked on "crazy adventures in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and Lebanon." Haniyeh was speaking after chairing a meeting of his cabinet in Gaza City to discuss the latest developments on the Palestinian arena and the ongoing Israeli crackdown on Hamas.
In another development, PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas was scheduled to arrive in Gaza City on Tuesday night for talks with Hamas leaders about kidnapped IDF soldier Cpl. Gilad Shalit, who was being held by Hamas members. Abbas was also expected to meet with United Nations envoy Terje Roed Larsen to discuss ways of ending the crisis and securing the release of Shalit.
Abbas's visit to the Gaza Strip comes amid renewed tensions between his Fatah party and Hamas. Earlier this week, Hamas gunmen killed a senior officer belonging to the Preventative Security Service in Khan Younis. The victim, Zaki Dahlan, is a relative of former PA security chief Muhammed Dahlan.
On Tuesday, Hamas gunmen launched a rocket attack at the home of Nabil Tamous, another senior Preventative Security Service officer, killing one of his guards and kidnapping three others. Tamous himself was not hurt in the attack, but his house was completely destroyed. Tamous, who is a close ally of Dahlan, heads the "Death Squad" of the Preventative Security and is said to be responsible for a series of attacks on Hamas activists and leaders over the past few years.
translation: Iran didn't tell us they would pound the dog snot out of us
i guess there no problem targeting women now.
If the Palestinians were ever "happy," "content," "serene," "joyful," "loving," "cute," "generous," "compassionate," "grateful," "gentle," "calm," "docile," or "funny," now that would be Breaking News.
Most the true Arab countries are enjoying the way they are living and are not ready to through a war that doesn't really involve them.
These Israelites are MAD, they aren't willing to be politically correct, they're tromping us into the ground. I thought you said we'd win, we're getting tromped.
Wonder if there's good money in supplying flags to be burned over in Gaza? And how about designer suicide belts?
I had to check to see if this wasn't from Scrappleface.
This has to shame the "Bravado" Muslim men.
Here we go:)
This a threat to the arabs?
Right. Like they want Israel to cream them should they get involved.
The Arabs aren't helping anyone, least of all themselves. I think you'd have hammer the Syrians to get them to move against Israel. The Iranians are dangerous though. How can the sit by and just bluster while their Hizbullah proxies are ponded into dust? I think the Iranians may try something really stupid.
Why do the Palestinians suddenly think they're in a position to demand anything from anyone? Idiots.
Lost me right there. I get the distinct feeling the world has had enough of "Palestinians Demand".....$uck it.
Thanks for putting the "go" in there, I forgot.
And buying rockets isn't like buying a pack of batteries at the corner drugstore.
Palestinians are the white trash of the Arab world. Nobody wants 'em.
You think the Palis would have gotten used to al-Lucy pulling the football away.
"Jeeez, did the fish cannery get blown up?"
Well, the terrorists have used them as shields before, so why not just give them a uniform and a weapon?
Who are next? Kids? The elderly?
This was done as a photo op for the MSM. Look for it on the evening news.
With those black outfits being worn in that hot climate, you can say (or smell) that again!
.....I don't know, these women might want to vote when they're done...
Damn, those are some seriously ugly women. They make East German female swimmers look like supermodels.
Ah guys...didn't you here the Arab League condemned your actions....
Ain't that the truth!
"Arm all of our women, then tell them that our Muslim men will beat them whenever they show an ankle or fail to wear their veils!" Yeah, that's the ticket!
Try to drag Syria into a war that it doesn't want, then b!tc# when Syria says "no thanks." Yeah, that's the ticket!
Attack Israel on your own, then realize that...you're on your own! Yeah, that's the ticket!
These Palestinians aren't the smartest inmates in their little asylum.
OK who does have the flag production rights in these regions/counties. With all that burning going on in every Islamic plaza, it has to be the only economic boom going among these otherwise stone age civilizations.
Wot, when did they run out of kid bombers?
I missed that story. So now the brave islamofascists are sending their wives?
They agly anyway:-)
We will be told that they are still off limits because they are mere children...
"The women, some under the age of 20, belong to a new force..."
Nothing new here. The male islamists have always hidden behind women and children.
Old news.I was in Lebanon in 1982 for almost 6 months. Kids 9-12 years of age was used many times by terrorists."Kids" knew how to use AK-47 and hand grenades.
Actually many of those marching were little girls.
Indeed. Or old people...
Armed Palestinian women, members of the popular resistant committee, protest against Israeli
attacks in Gaza Strip and Lebanon, during a demonstration in Gaza city, July 18, 2006.
The protest on Tuesday was the first time the female militants paraded at Gaza strip. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah (PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES) Reuters - Jul 18 4:29 AM
I told yall its too hot for all this shiite!
Let me put the _itch out of misery.
Burkas Gone Wild?
Wait now, they are "happy" when they see guts, blood, gore, death and misery. Even when it is their own.
"I believe the Arab leaders have awoken! They just don't want the Israelis to kick their butt also!"
Not to mention a few thousand US troops sitting in the middle of the Arab world. I guess some of them really did notice how long it took to take Bagdad.
I doubt it. Islamics like the Mullahs are very willing to expend Arab blood wearing down Israel. It costs them nothing. Meanwhile they can continue to work on their nukes and brainwashing young Iranians until they have some real power.
Arabs divided on Hezbollah over Israel
By DONNA ABU-NASR, Associated Press Writer
BEIRUT, Lebanon - When Israel withdrew from southern Lebanon six years ago, the Arab world showered Hezbollah with praise. Today, Arabs are deeply divided about the guerrilla group, with many vilifying it for provoking Israel's attack on Lebanon.
Backers, however, voice pride in Hezbollah's ability to fight back, landing missiles from its Iranian-supplied arsenal deep inside Israel.
The division springs from a reality that did not exist six years ago the rise to power of Shiites in Iraq and increasing tension between Shiites and Sunnis.
In 2000, Hezbollah was held up by fellow Shiites as well as Sunnis and some Christians as a model for resisting Israel.
Arabs on the whole have felt a historic frustration over their inability to defeat Israel. Hezbollah's missile strikes deep inside Israel generate pride because they inflicted pain on an opponent with clear military superiority.
There is also a general reluctance among Arabs to criticize Hezbollah for fear of appearing to side with Israel.
Hezbollah and its leader, Hassan Nasrallah, represent "what is left of honor and dignity in times of submission," Sajed al-Abdali, a Kuwaiti and Sunni Islamist, wrote in a column Tuesday in Al-Rai Al-Amm newspaper.
Al-Abdali said "the cowards" who disapprove of Hezbollah should "just stay silent."
In Iraq, despite the raging sectarian conflict, Sunni university professor Mohammed Kanan al-Obeidi called Nasrallah "a remarkable leader in our time although he has links with Iran."
"By striking Israel, he has restored the glories of the old Muslims," said the 40-year-old al-Obeidi.
The Sunni minority in Iraq, which ran the country when Saddam was in power, is deeply suspicious of the majority Shiites now in power, fearing they will be puppets of Iran a Persian nation that is overwhelmingly Shiite and run by a theocracy.
In Bahrain, Sunnis and Shiites set aside their differences to march in protest of Israel's attacks on Lebanon, waving placards emblazoned with Nasrallah's face.
"Beloved Nasrallah, hit Tel Aviv!" chanted the crowd, estimated at around 10,000 people.
But in Jordan, housewife Layla Nasser said Nasrallah's men acted with folly when they crossed into Israel and captured two soldiers, igniting the current conflict.
"He reminds me of Saddam Hussein, who dragged Iraq into several similar adventures which have led to the complete destruction of Iraq," she said.
"Nasrallah has done the same and is the cause of Lebanon's destruction," she added. "He is arrogant and irresponsible."
Munching on a salad at a Beirut restaurant, Lina, a Shiite banker who declined to give her last name for fear of Hezbollah retaliation, said the group had no right to drag the nation into war.
"In 2000, I supported it because it was a real resistance," she said. "But now I don't, and I don't see any heroism in what it's done so far."
Henry Kairouz, a 48-year-old businessman, said Hezbollah's actions were "cowardly."
"If Hezbollah considers itself a player in Lebanese politics and the government, why didn't it hand over the hostages to the Lebanese government to negotiate their fate?" he asked.
Hezbollah's political strength in Lebanon threatens the government's hold on power; its military power has made it impossible for the government and army to take control of the south.
Some Arabs who oppose Hezbollah say they feel torn when they see the damage and loss of life resulting from Israel's offensive.
In Dubai, Gilbert Gholam, 31, a Lebanese telecommunications worker, said he had no admiration for Hezbollah or its attacks. But Gholam said he was appalled by Israel's response and the lack of a global outcry.
"The Israelis aren't hurting Hezbollah. They're killing civilians and they are destroying Lebanon," Gholam said.
Mahmoud Ahmed, a 30-year-old Egyptian worker for a cable TV provider in Dubai, declared a pox on both Israel and Hezbollah.
"I disagree with both sides," Ahmed said, puffing on a cigarette. "They're killing innocent people. Who can agree with this?"
And Qenan al-Ghamdi, a columnist for the Saudi Al-Watan daily, said Hezbollah cannot stop the fight because it does not have the final say.
Many believe Syria and Iran, Hezbollah's sponsors, have a hand in Hezbollah's operation.
"Had Hezbollah been taking decisions on its own, it wouldn't have committed this stupidity," said al-Ghamdi. "It has lost the support it had. Today, it's facing a big catastrophe and it has dragged Lebanon into a bigger one."
"When will the Arab leaders finally wake up?" Bardaweel asked.
Think that's your problem Bard-man. They HAVE woken up to what a bunch of weasels you people are and want nothing todo with you.
Hmmm. wonder if Pali's have nicknames: B-man, Bardi, Bardamundo. Or just death-squad aliases: Abu Snotsidal, etc.
You guys are great!
A large zipper purse with a Kalashnikov? Pleeeeze honey! Can you say "Accessorize?" And the hood? HATED IT!