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Thursday, October 23, 2003

Anarchy reigns in Terror-tories

Arabs publicly murder their own, accused of collaborating with Israel
I hope the ISMers in Tulkarm got to witness this. The Reuters article hasn't much to say about it:
Gunmen executed two Palestinians in public in a West Bank refugee camp on Thursday after the men confessed to collaborating with Israeli intelligence, witnesses said.

They said members of militant factions waging an uprising for Palestinian independence played a videotape of the confessions to residents of the Tulkarm camp before shooting dead the suspects, aged 21 and 25, in the street.

UPDATE: See also Palestinians cheer militant executions of 'collaborators' in the Independent (UK).

Palestinians have killed scores of their brethren accused of helping Israeli forces track and kill militants during fighting that erupted in September 2000.
The rest of the article, more than half, goes on to describe other events in what it calls the "latest cycle of tit-for-tat violence." Get this:
In the West Bank city of Nablus, medical officials said a 15-year-old activist from the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, an armed group linked to Palestinian President Yasser Arafat's Fatah movement, died of wounds sustained in a mysterious car explosion on Wednesday night.

Palestinian security officials said the blast, which wounded two other people, may have been caused when a bomb manufactured by militants detonated prematurely. But the officials did not rule out sabotage by Israeli intelligence. Israeli military sources denied responsibility.
Thus we are led to believe that the 15-year-old "activist" from the Fatah "movement" was not one of the bomb-manufacturing "militants." Reuters knows how to distinguish activists from militants, but not militants from terrorists? Strange.