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Palestinian Authority, Hamas confront each other in Gaza
The Jerusalem Post ^ | Jul. 12, 2003 | Khaled Abu Toameh

Posted on 07/12/2003 4:10:25 PM PDT by stevejackson

Hamas activists in Gaza City attacked cars belonging to the Palestinian Authority's Preventive Security Service Friday night after Minister of Security Muhammed Dahlan's bodyguards shot and wounded a Hamas member.

Palestinian sources said the bodyguards opened fire at Muhmamed Sumari, a Hamas activist, after suspecting him of planning to assassinate Dahlan. Sumari was wounded in the leg and was in critical condition, the sources added.

The incident occurred just after midnight Thursday, as Dahlan was on his way back to Gaza City from a meeting with Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz at the Erez checkpoint.

A statement issued by Hamas Saturday claimed that Dahlan's bodyguards then kicked and beat the Hamas activist while he was lying on the ground bleeding.

"This is an unprecedented irresponsible and dangerous act," the statement said, calling on the PA to punish the bodyguards.

Eyewitnesses said hundreds of armed Hamas activists rushed to the scene and smashed the windshields of a number of cars belonging to the Preventive Security Service. The attackers also lobbed hand grenades at a base used by the Preventive Security Service and shot into the air. The rampage stopped only after the intervention of senior Hamas political leaders.

PA security officials described the shooting of Sumari as a misunderstanding. Senior PA and Fatah officials met Saturday with Hamas leaders and asked them to punish those responsible for the attacks.

On Saturday, Palestinian policemen launched a big operation in the Gaza Strip aimed at confiscating illegal weapons. Some 600 policemen set up checkpoints in different parts of the Gaza Strip and searched vehicles for weapons. Palestinians said at least 20 people were taken into custody.

This is the first time in three years that the Palestinian security forces launch an operation in search of weapons in the Gaza Strip. However, security officials in Gaza City said the campaign is not directed more against "criminal elements" and not Hamas and Islamic Jihad.

Preventive Security chief Rashid Abu Shabak said the operation comes in the framework of the PA's efforts to restore order and law to the Gaza Strip. "The security forces know how to differentiate between weapons used by criminal elements and weapons used for self-defense against Israel," he told al-Jazeera. He also said the purpose of the operation was to locate stolen cars and goods.

The search for illegal weapons comes amid increased tensions between Dahlan and PA Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas on the one hand and the Fatah leadership on the other.

On Friday night Dahlan summoned Palestinian journalists in the Gaza Strip to a meeting, where he called for holding new elections for Fatah's central council. Members of the council last week strongly criticized Dahlan and Abbas for their handling of talks with Israel, prompting the PA prime minister to resign from the body. They also called for cutting down Dahlan's powers, arguing that he was seeking to take control over al the security forces.

Dahlan lashed out at the Fatah central council, saying it was inconceivable that its members, who were appointed 13 years ago, have remained in their posts without elections.


TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; Israel; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: authority; confront; confrontation; gaza; hamas; israel; palestinian
Palestinian civil war starting? Sadly, I hope so, as the only way there will be peace is if all the terrorist groups (Arafat, Hamas, Islamic Jihad, PFLP, al-Aqsa Martyr's Brigade, etc.) are destroyed.
1 posted on 07/12/2003 4:10:25 PM PDT by stevejackson
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2 posted on 07/12/2003 4:12:25 PM PDT by Support Free Republic (Your support keeps Free Republic going strong!)
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Palestinian civil war starting? Sadly, I hope so

There is no need to apologize for hoping that murderers will kill each other. To hope so is to hope that the innocent will stay alive.

3 posted on 07/12/2003 4:17:17 PM PDT by Smile-n-Win (It is the nature of evil to self-destruct--but the number of good that get killed is up to the good.)
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There is no need to apologize for hoping that murderers will kill each other. To hope so is to hope that the innocent will stay alive.

Thanks for your wise and encouraging words. Sometimes I find myself prefacing my words all the time--maybe as a result of political correctness? What has to be done has to be done--and all will be for the better if it is done.
4 posted on 07/12/2003 4:20:56 PM PDT by stevejackson
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To: stevejackson
This is exactly what needs to happen.

In fact, I wish they'd line up in pickets on the open field in Napoleonic fashion to hasten things up.

5 posted on 07/12/2003 4:25:27 PM PDT by The KG9 Kid
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"This is an unprecedented irresponsible and dangerous act,"

Situation normal

6 posted on 07/12/2003 4:26:33 PM PDT by EGPWS
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However, security officials in Gaza City said the campaign is not directed more against "criminal elements" and not Hamas and Islamic Jihad.

It needs to happen, but look at the backpeddling. Palestinians have been putting off the inevitable for 100 years. And some Europeans are propping up Arafat by meeting/talking with him.
7 posted on 07/12/2003 4:28:01 PM PDT by stevejackson
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To: stevejackson
, I hope so, as the only way there will be peace is if all the terrorist groups (Arafat, Hamas, Islamic Jihad, PFLP, al-Aqsa Martyr's Brigade, etc.) are destroyed.

Question is, who will be left?

9 posted on 07/12/2003 9:40:53 PM PDT by Lijahsbubbe
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To: stevejackson
These Pallie slugs love to kill people so much. Let them have at each other. No problem, go to town.
10 posted on 07/12/2003 9:42:01 PM PDT by Excuse_My_Bellicosity (This space for rent, call 555-9388.)
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Where did the guy get shot? It's a start, I guess. ;-)
11 posted on 07/12/2003 10:56:24 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Support FRee Republic ..... http://www.DRAFTTOM.com ..... Semper Fi)
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Question is, who will be left?

The ones who will either live peacefully next door to or die at the hands of the IDF.
12 posted on 07/12/2003 11:02:43 PM PDT by cartoonistx
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Everyone out side of Israel should support Abbas and Dahlan.

If they were really planning to kill Dahlan, it means he is putting pressure in the right place. At least someone is trying to stop the madness.

Dahlan has a reputation of being a hard nose, no nonsence type if guy and if given the support can turn things around there. Civil wars can go on for 20 years, the last thing we need in Israel is a civil war, it will effect Israeli citizens as well and what if the hardliners win ? Then the cycle starts again.

13 posted on 07/12/2003 11:33:21 PM PDT by John_11_25
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Dahlan has a reputation of...

Whatever his reputation is, it's necessary to understand that personal power is all he's interested in. He is a thug, otherwise he wouldn't reach the position he is in now... So I wouldn't mourn if the PA thugs and Hammas (Jihad Islami, Fatah and so on) thugs mutually destroy each other.

14 posted on 07/13/2003 12:43:54 AM PDT by Neophyte
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When I say "civil war," this is what I mean: Hamas, Islamic Jihad, PFLP, al-Aqsa Martyr's Brigade, etc., aren't going to disarm/dismantle voluntarily. They're sworn to the destruction of Israel. The PA is going to have to disarm/dsimantle them using force, which means an inevitable fight, hence the term "war" (Palestinians against Palestinians).

I don't see how it can be any other way. The Palestinians can have real peace & democracy, or they can have Israeli Apache helicopter gunships and American "daisy-cutters."
15 posted on 07/13/2003 10:51:15 AM PDT by stevejackson
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Here's what I mean, from today's Haaretz ("Hamas, Jihad say will end cease-fire if PA tries to disarm them"):

Hamas and Islamic Jihad warned Sunday that if the Palestinian Authority attempts to disarm them, they will end the current cease-fire, Israel Radio reported.

A joint statement issued in the Gaza Strip by the two militant groups said that if the PA tries to take such a step, it will be responsible for the results.

16 posted on 07/13/2003 10:56:39 AM PDT by stevejackson
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So I wouldn't mourn if the PA thugs and Hammas (Jihad Islami, Fatah and so on) thugs mutually destroy each other

Obviously you are not thinking deeply on this and it sounds more like a gut reaction.

Nobody in the middle east and a lot of other countries especially undemocratic countries like Russia, China, North Korea, Cuba, South America and Africa, (actually the list could go on all night), got into power by being nice guys.

Its just done a little less brutally in the western countries. Just look at Ariel Sharon, he does not have clean record.

You see in the middle east and lot of countries around the world they respect power, or fear it, but either way if play the nice guy you get crushed, instaniously. (Rabin, Sadat, as well as countless others around the world).

So support Dhalan, for what ever your reasons, as if he loses, then the extremists will win and we know what they are capable of, however Dahlan if he is trying to crush these people, should be taken at his word and given the benifit of the doubt.

17 posted on 07/13/2003 11:06:01 AM PDT by John_11_25
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A joint statement issued in the Gaza Strip by the two militant groups said that if the PA tries to take such a step, it will be responsible for the results

This is the exact reason why we should all support Dahlan, the other day Arrafat betrayed himself to the world by slagging Abbas in front of reporters, calling him a traitor to the cause for even standing next to Sharon and the Isreali flag.

For the first time in a long time it seems that someone wants to go in the right direction, now it is only a glimmer of hope, but better than none at all. If he is given the full support, then Arrafat will be even more pushed out into the wilderness, as his comments the other day should is beginng.

However when Arrafat said these words, it reminded me of the Gangster movies where the boss states; "That guy deserves every thing thats coming to him". The henchman would take this as a signal to do the killing.

18 posted on 07/13/2003 11:37:00 AM PDT by John_11_25
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I think what you're seeing is a deep distrust of anything related to Arafat, Fatah, and the Palestinian "Authority."

I too want to believe that Dahlan means business. But as Arafat is stilling pulling the strings in the background, I'm cautious and mistrustful.

Many people were very hopeful about the PA beginning in 1993, and look what it produced: more terrorism. I think you'll find that many people will want to see Dahlan's actions before backing him wholeheartedly.
19 posted on 07/13/2003 12:26:39 PM PDT by stevejackson
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However, security officials in Gaza City said the campaign is not directed more against "criminal elements" and not Hamas and Islamic Jihad.

They are disarming the citizens, not the terrorists.

20 posted on 07/13/2003 2:06:01 PM PDT by American in Israel (Right beats wrong.)
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To: John_11_25
I'm taking a wait and see approach. But if murderers kill murderers instead of innocents, it looks like an improvement to me.
21 posted on 07/13/2003 10:54:56 PM PDT by thoughtomator (Objects in post may be funnier than they appear)
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Just look at Ariel Sharon, he does not have clean record.

Ariel Sharon is a quintessential soldier.

There is nothing in his record even vaguely similar to Dahlan's terrorist career. In his life, Sharon killed not a few enemies of his country... but only in combat. There is no innocent civilians' blood on his hands.

Though he took upon himself the responsibility for Sabra and Shatila, even his investigators recognised that he wasn't involved in the events directly. He held the office of the Minister of Defence, and thus had to fall on his sword.

The Communist International of liberal wankers tried to invent another "war crime" of Jenin, and to stick it on Sharon, but even Palis confessed recently that it was a military clash.

22 posted on 07/15/2003 5:37:24 AM PDT by Neophyte
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