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Wednesday, January 14, 2004

Abu Ala declines to condemn bombing, blames Israel

According to Haaretz,
Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia declined to condemn the attack, saying that continued Israeli attacks and restrictions on the Palestinians are leading "to more escalation on both sides."

A senior Fatah official, taking issue with the bombing, told Israel Radio that the object of the attack was to prompt Israel to declare a closure over the Gaza Strip and cut off access to jobs within Israel, measures that act to boost grass-roots Palestinian support for Hamas and other militant movements.
They're sick, but the man is correct. See photo:

Palestinian workers are guarded by an Israeli soldier as they wait to
be sent back to the Gaza Strip at the Erez crossing after a suicide
bombing (AFP/Menahem Kahana)