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Fatah Leader Supports Iraqi Terrorists By: Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook
FrontPageMagazine.com | Friday, March 07, 2008


A Palestinian leader of Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah party has come out in support of the terror war being fought against the US and British forces in Iraq. He expressed this support during an interview on official Palestinian Authority (PA) Television, which is under the control of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas. Mahmoud Ismail, member of the PLO Executive Committee, further defines the US -Britain alliance fighting in Iraq as the Arab Nation's "enemies, the imperialists," and justifies the "right to struggle and to resistance [euphemism for terror] in all possible ways in all the occupied lands." Among the occupied lands he includes "Palestine" and Iraq.

 
Mahmoud Ismail
PA TV shows Ismail in front row during Friday prayers

The following is from the interview with Mahmoud Ismail, member of the PLO Executive Committee.

"I want to cite the actions and future actions of President [Abbas], from the starting point that the Palestine cause is the essential and central cause of the Arab Nation. It's not surprising that [to] certain journalists of the current despicable American era, our [Arab nationalist] language of the 50s and 60s is outdated, when we talk about the nature of the struggle between the Arab Nation and its enemies: the Imperialists and Zionists, who attack and occupy our territories inside Palestine and outside, in Iraq, in the remains of South Lebanon and the Golan.

"We [however,] take pride in this [Arab nationalist] language because we are the authentic Arabs who believe in our Arabism, our faith, our cause, our Nation, in our right to struggle and to resistance [euphemism for terror] in all possible ways in all the occupied lands, in Palestine, Lebanon the Golan and Iraq..." [Palestinian Television (Fatah) Feb. 26, 2008]


Itamar Marcus is the founder and director of Palestinian Media Watch. He was appointed by the Israeli government to be the Israeli representative (communication specialist) to the Trilateral (Israeli-American-Palestinian) Anti-Incitement Committee established under the Wye Accords. From 1998 to 2000, Mr. Marcus served as research director of the Center for Monitoring the Impact of Peace, writing reports on PA, Syrian, and Jordanian schoolbooks. He holds a BA in political science from City College of New York and an MA in Hebrew culture from New York University. Barbara Crook is associate director and North American representative of Palestinian Media Watch. She teaches at the School of Journalism and Communications at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. She holds an Honors BA in English literature from Queen's University, an MA in journalism from the University of Western Ontario, and is a Southam Fellow at the University of Toronto.


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