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Wednesday, February 18, 2004

AFP is so stupid

Caption reads, "Stars on the wall"

Stars on the wall : Palestinian women walks along the concrete
block that divides the West Bank town of Abu Dis from Jerusalem.
(AFP/Pedro Ugarte)
AFP photo editors put quote marks around 'Star of David' (see photo of Ariel Sharon, below), yet not around these cute red "stars on the wall."

What the AFP either does not know, or does not care to tell you, is that the red stars shown are symbols of the DFLP (as it says, in English, right underneath), the Popular Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a Marxist-Leninst (and formerly pro-Soviet) group that split from the PFLP in 1969. It seeks the creation of a Palestinian state in any terrority "liberated" from Israel.

In February of last year, the head of the DFLP in Ramallah, Ibrahim Abu Hijleh (arrested by Israel December 2002), confessed to ordering DFLP squads to carry out terror attacks against Israeli targets. His arrest by Israel was at the time condemned by the Palestinian Authority, who insisted that as “a member of the political echelon,” he should be exempt from arrest.

During his interrogation, Abu Hijleh revealed the organization’s plans to assassinate a military judge, to kill a former senior officer in the Israel Defense Forces and to carry out a suicide attack, using a suicide bomber with an Israeli identity card.
Stars on the wall, indeed. Pretty Decorations by the Poor Palestinians on the Evil Wall.