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Wednesday, February 11, 2004

I smell a lie


The downtown streets of the West Bank town of Ramallah fill with traffic
Wednesday Feb. 4, 2004. Frustrated and frightened over lawlessness,
Palestinians have begun sticking close to home after dark and increasingly
look to militia leaders for protection or to settle scores. Government
officials have been beaten and kidnapped, rival gangs wage gunfights
in the streets, and increasingly deadly family feuds rage unchecked _
while police officers barred by Israel from carrying arms remain
on the sidelines
. (AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)
Barred by Israel from carrying arms?! Somehow, I don't think so. Last I heard, Israel armed thousands of Palestinian police during the Oslo years.

I'll check it out. If you find anything that dis/proves this, please let me know:
zioneocon at comcast dot net.
UPDATE:

Dear Anne,

You were right to question the caption. Palestinian police have been free to
wear their uniforms and display arms since Jan. 27. See the relevant New
York Times story
... According to the story, Palestinian security
officials said they reached an agreement with the Israelis on Jan. 27
concerning uniforms and firearms following several months of negotiations.

Please write to info@ap.org to point out that their caption has updated
information. We will also make contact with AP, but it is good if they hear
from individual news consumers as well.

Thanks again for bringing this to CAMERA's attention.

Sincerely,

Tamar Sternthal
Senior Research Analyst
CAMERA