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Tuesday, July 29, 2003

From the Anti-World

Who are these Palestinian prisoners without "blood on their hands"?
What are they in prison for? Parking tickets?
Abu Mazen, in an interview with the New York Times, was asked about Israel's refusal to release prisoners with "blood on their hands." Replying that this was unacceptable, he said, "We were in a war . . and in war, all prisoners are freed once hostilities end."

Thus, according to columnist Evelyn Gordon, "deliberately blowing up schoolbuses full of children, or elderly people attending a Passover seder is a legitimate form of warfare that entitles its practitioners to return home in triumph." Gordon points out that while even Arafat usually confines his defenses of terrorism to Arabic, Abu Mazen is more brazen, having no qualms whatsoever in saying this, in English, to America's (used-to-be) newspaper of record.

"Cracking down on Hamas, Jihad and the Palestinian organizations is not an option at all." --Abu Mazen at Cairo press conference on July 22.