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Sunday, April 04, 2004

Palestinian Authority Chutzpah

IMRA provides a translation of the official Palestinian statement on Friday's "clash" in Jerusalem, wherein hundreds of Palestinians rioted, throwing rocks at Jews praying at the Kotel, and Israeli police responded.
Official Statement
The Palestinian Leadership

www.p-p-o.com/Eng/defultE.htm [Official PA website]

Ramallah, 2/4- The occupation forces, accompanied by Jewish settlers, stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque, after Friday prayers and fired stun grenades, tear gas and live bullets at worshippers. More than [25] were injured, some of them critically, including paramedics and more than [15] worshippers have been arrested until now. And the occupation forces are preventing ambulances from reaching the place.

With this dangerous escalation, Sharon government continues with its criminal plan to take over the Holy Shrine. Al-Aqsa Mosque is in danger and Muslims, Christians and all freedom loving peoples in the world must take steps to protect it from these Israeli dangerous plans.

I'm sure that of course, the vast majority of Palestinian people see through this propaganda, since they have access to other news sources as well. Oh, whoops, they don't have access: Only 0.6% of Arabs use the internet.

My official statement?

Arabs Riot, Attack Jews Praying at the Kotel

An elderly Jewish worshipper is helped by an Israeli
riot policeman to flee the Western Wall, Judaism's
holiest site, during a confrontation at the Al Aqsa
Mosque compound, in Jerusalem's Old City, Friday,
April 2, 2004. Israeli riot police stormed the disputed
Jerusalem holy site
Friday, which abuts the Western
Wall, firing tear gas, stun grenades and plastic bullets
to disperse hundreds Muslim worshippers who threw
stones and shoes at them. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)