[Note by Tom Gross]
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was pronounced dead this morning. In fact he has probably been dead for some days despite fierce denials from Saeb Erekat, Nabil Sha'ath, and his other cronies, and from compliant French doctors. As an editorial writer for The Wall Street Journal (who is a subscriber to this email list) put it: Even in the announcement of his death, "the totalitarian instincts Arafat learned from his Soviet trainers and then nurtured in the Palestinian leadership remain alive and well."
* Below, I attach a partial list of a few of Arafat's victims.
* At the same time, Arafat was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize
* And as he cheated his own people, he became one of the richest men in the world – www.forbes.com/2003/02/24/cz_royalslide_6.html
(The $300 m. figure given by Forbes that Arafat has in his private bank accounts is almost certainly an underestimate.)
A MINUTE IN THE LIFE OF ARAFAT
A one-minute film on Arafat's life was released this morning by HonestReporting, and can be viewed at www.honestreporting.com/m/legacy.asp
Although the film is clearly one-sided, you may wish to watch it as a counter to some of the piffle Reuters and others are putting out this morning on Arafat.
* For more, on some of Arafat's other victims, see:
and – www.mfa.gov.il
Fatah, which was headed until today by Arafat, is the main constituent part of the PLO. The al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade is part of Fatah. It was set up and paid for by Arafat, using in part European Union donations of recent years.
* Jan. 1, 1965: Fatah's first terror attack in Israel predates any Israeli "occupation" of the West Bank or Gaza. (There were many other terror attacks by other Palestinian armed groups before this.)
* July 5, 1965: Fatah plant explosives at Mitzpe Massua, near Beit Guvrin; and on the railroad tracks to Jerusalem near Kafr Battir.
* 1965-1967: A wave of Fatah bomb attacks target Israeli villages, water pipes, railroads. Homes are destroyed and Israelis are killed.
* Feb. 21, 1970: SwissAir flight 330, bound for Tel Aviv, is bombed by the PLO group PFLP in mid-flight, killing 47.
*Sept. 6, 1970: TWA, Pan Am, and BOAC airplanes are hijacked by the PLO.
* September 1970: The PLO attack Jordanian targets, then flee to Lebanon.
* Sept. 5, 1972: 11 Israeli athletes killed at the Munich Olympics by the PLO.
* March 1, 1973: Palestinian terrorists take over Saudi embassy in Khartoum and murder the United States' ambassador to Sudan, Cleo Noel and others.
* April 11, 1974: 18 residents of Kiryat Shmona in northern Israel are killed in their apartment building by the PLO who infiltrated from Lebanon.
* May 15, 1974: A school in Ma'alot is attacked by Palestinian terrorists who infiltrated from Lebanon. 26 Israelis, including many children, were killed.
*Nov. 13, 1974: Arafat, wearing a gun, addresses UN General Assembly.
* Oct. 7, 1985: The Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro is hijacked by the PLO. Wheelchair-bound elderly man, Leon Klinghoffer, was shot and thrown overboard.
* May 29, 2001: Gilad Zar, 41, of Itamar, was shot dead in an ambush by Fatah Tanzim.
* May 29, 2001: Sara Blaustein, 53, and Esther Alvan, 20, of Efrat, were killed in a drive-by shooting south of Jerusalem. The Fatah Tanzim claimed responsibility for the attack.
* June 18, 2001: Doron Zisserman, 38, shot and killed in his car by Fatah sniper fire.
* Aug 26, 2001: Dov Rosman, 58, killed in a shooting attack by Fatah.
* Sept 6, 2001: Erez Merhavi, 23, killed in a Fatah Tanzim ambush shooting near Hadera while driving to a wedding.
* Sept 20, 2001: Sarit Amrani, 26, killed by Fatah terrorist snipers as she was traveling in a car with her husband and 3 children.
* Oct 4, 2001: 3 killed, 13 wounded, when a Fatah terrorist, dressed as an Israeli paratrooper, opened fire on Israeli civilians waiting at the central bus station in Afula.
* Nov 27, 2001: 2 killed 50 injured when two terrorists opened fire with Kalashnikov assault rifles on a crowd of people near the central bus station in Afula. Fatah claimed joint responsibility.
* Nov 29, 2001: 3 killed and 9 wounded in a suicide bombing on an Egged 823 bus en route from Nazereth to Tel Aviv near the city of Hadera. Fatah claimed responsibility for the attack.
* Dec 12, 2001: 11 killed and 30 wounded when three terrorists attacked a bus and several passenger cars with a roadside bomb, anti-tank grenades, and light arms fire near the entrance to Emmanuel in Samaria. Fatah claimed responsibility for the attack.
*Jan 15, 2002: Avi Boaz, 71, an American citizen, was kidnapped at a PA security checkpoint in Beit Jala. His bullet-riddled body was found in a car near Bethlehem. The Fatah's al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade claimed responsibility for the murder.
*Jan 15, 2002: Yoela Chen, 45, was shot dead by the al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade.
* Jan 17, 2002: 6 killed, 35 wounded when Fatah stormed into a bat mitzva reception in a banquet hall in Hadera opening fire with an M-16 assault rifle.
* Jan 22, 2002: 2 killed, 40 injured when a Fatah terrorist opened fire with an M-16 assault rifle near a bus stop in downtown Jerusalem.
* Jan. 27, 2002: One person was killed and more than 150 were wounded by a female Fatah suicide bomber in the center of Jerusalem.
* Feb 6, 2002: A mother and her 11 year old daughter were murdered in their home by a Palestinian terrorist disguised in an IDF uniform. Fatah claimed responsibility.
* Feb 18, 2002: Ahuva Amergi, 30, was killed and a 60-year old man was injured when a terrorist opened fire on her car. Maj. Mor Elraz, 25, and St.-Sgt. Amir Mansouri, 21, who came to their assistance, were killed while trying to intercept the terrorist. The terrorist was killed when the explosives he was carrying were detonated. The Fatah al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades claimed responsibility for the attack.
* Feb 22, 2002: Valery Ahmir, 59, was killed in a Fatah drive-by shooting north of Jerusalem as he returned home from work.
* Feb 25, 2002: Avraham Fish, 65, and Aharon Gorov, 46, were killed in a Fatah terrorist shooting attack. Fish's daughter, 9 months pregnant, was seriously injured but delivered a baby girl.
* Feb 25, 2002: Police officer 1st Sgt. Galit Arbiv, 21, died after being fatally shot, when a Fatah terrorist opened fire at a bus stop in the Neve Ya'akov residential neighbhorhood in northern Jerusalem. Eight others were injured.
* Feb 27, 2002: Gad Rejwan, 34, of Jerusalem, was shot and killed by one of his Palestinian employees in a factory north of Jerusalem. Two Fatah groups issued a joint statement taking responsibility for the murder.
* March 2, 2002: A suicide bombing by al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade in an ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighborhood of Jerusalem killed 11 people and injured more than 50.
* March 5, 2002: 3 were killed and over 30 people were wounded in Tel Aviv when a Fatah terrorist opened fire on two adjacent restaurants shortly after 2 am.
* March 5, 2002: Devorah Friedman, 45, of Efrat, was killed and her husband injured in a Fatah shooting attack.
* March 9, 2002: Avia Malka, 9 months, and Israel Yihye, 27, were killed and about 50 people were injured when two Fatah terrorists opened fire and threw grenades at cars and pedestrians in the coastal city of Netanya on Saturday evening, close to the city's boardwalk and hotels.
*March 21, 2002: An al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade suicide bomber exploded himself in a crowd of shoppers in Jerusalem, killing 3 and injuring 86.
* March 29, 2002: Two killed and 28 injured when a female Fatah suicide bomber blew herself up in a Jerusalem supermarket.
* March 30, 2002: One killed and 30 injured in an al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade suicide bombing in Tel Aviv.
* April 12, 2002: Six killed and 104 wounded when a female al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade suicide bomber blew herself up at a bus stop on Jaffa road at the entrance to Jerusalem's Mahane Yehuda open-air market.
* May 27, 2002: Ruth Peled, 56, of Herzliya and her infant granddaughter, aged 14 months, were killed and 37 people were injured when a Fatah suicide bomber detonated himself near an ice cream parlor outside a shopping mall in Petah Tikva.
* May 28, 2002: Albert Maloul, 50, of Jerusalem, was killed when shots were fired by Fatah terrorists at the car in which he was traveling.
* May 28, 2002: Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade terrorists killed Netanel Riachi, 17, Gilad Stiglitz, 14, and Avraham Siton, 17, three yeshiva high school students playing basketball.
* June 19, 2002: Seven people were killed and 37 injured when a Fatah suicide bomber blew himself up at a crowded bus stop and hitchhiking post in the French Hill neighborhood of Jerusalem.
* June 20, 2002: Rachel Shabo, 40, and three of her sons – Neria, 16, Zvika, 12, and Avishai, 5 – as well as a neighbor, Yosef Twito, 31, who came to their aid, were murdered when a terrorist entered their home in Itamar, south of Nablus, and opened fire. Two other children were injured, as well as two soldiers. The PFLP and the Fatah Al Aqsa Brigades claimed responsibility for the attack.
* July 25, 2002: Rabbi Elimelech Shapira, 43, was killed in a Fatah shooting attack near the West Bank community of Alei Zahav.
* July 26, 2002: St.-Sgt. Elazar Lebovitch, 21, of Hebron; Rabbi Yosef Dikstein, 45, of Psagot, his wife Hannah, 42, and their 9-year-old son Shuv'el Zion were killed in a Fatah Al Aqsa Brigade shooting attack south of Hebron. Two other of their children were injured.
* July 30, 2002: Shlomo Odesser, 60, and his brother Mordechai, 52, both of Tapuach in Samaria, were shot and killed when their truck came under Fatah fire in the West Bank village of Jama'in.
* Aug 4, 2002: 2 killed and 17 wounded when a Fatah terrorist opened fire with a pistol near the Damascus Gate of Jerusalem's Old City.
* Aug 5, 2002: Avi Wolanski (29) and his wife Avital (27), of Eli, were killed and one of their children, aged 3, was injured when terrorists opened fire on their car as they were traveling on the Ramallah-Nablus road in Samaria. The Martyrs of the Palestinian Popular Army, a splinter group associated with Arafat's Fatah movement, claimed responsibility for the attack.
* Aug 10, 2002: Yafit Herenstein, 31, of Moshav Mechora in the Jordan Valley, was killed and her husband, Arno, seriously wounded when a Fatah terrorist infiltrated the moshav and opened fire outside their home.
* Sept 18, 2002: Yosef Ajami, 36, was killed when Fatah terrorists opened fire on his car near Mevo Dotan, north of Jenin in the West Bank.
* Oct 29, 2002: Three people, including 2 fourteen year olds, were shot to death by a Fatah terrorist.
* Nov 10, 2002: Revital Ohayon, 34, and her two sons, Matan, 5, and Noam, 4, as well as Yitzhak Dori, 44 – all of Kibbutz Metzer – and Tirza Damari, 42, were killed when a Fatah terrorist infiltrated the kibbutz, located east of Hadera near the Green Line, and opened fire.
* Nov 28, 2002: 5 killed and 40 wounded when two Fatah terrorists opened fire and threw grenades at the Likud polling station in Beit She'an, near the central bus station, where party members were casting their votes in the Likud primary.
* April 24, 2003: 1 was killed and 13 were wounded in a suicide bombing outside the train station in Kfar Saba. Groups related to the Fatah al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades and the PFLP clamied joint responsibility for the attack.
* May 5, 2003: Gideon Lichterman, 27, was killed and two other passengers, his six-year-old daughter Moriah and a reserve soldier, were seriously wounded when Fatah terrorists fired shots at their vehicle in Samaria.
* May 19, 2003: 3 were killed and 70 were wounded in a suicide bombing at the entrance to the Amakim Mall in Afula. The Islamic Jihad and the Fatah al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades both claimed responsibility for the attack.
* Aug 29, 2003: Shalom Har-Melekh, 25, was killed in a Fatah shooting attack while driving northeast of Ramallah. His wife, Limor, who was seven months pregnant, sustained moderate injuries, and gave birth to a baby girl by Caesarean section.
* Jan 29, 2004: 11 people were killed and over 50 wounded in a suicide bombing of an Egged bus no. 19 at the corner of Gaza and Arlozorov streets in Jerusalem. Both the Fatah-related al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades and Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.
* March 14, 2004: 10 were killed and 16 wounded in a double suicide bombing at Ashdod Port. Hamas and Fatah claimed responsibility for the attack.
* May 2, 2004: Tali Hatuel, 34, and her daughters – Hila, 11, Hadar, 9, Roni, 7, and Merav, 2 – of Katif in the Gaza Strip were killed when two terrorists fired on an Israeli car at the entrance to the Gaza Strip settlement bloc of Gush Katif. They were systematically shot one-by-one at point-blank range. Fatah claimed joint responsibility for the attack.
Israel Foreign Ministry – Jerusalem
November 11, 2004
General Closure on the West Bank and the Gaza Strip
(Communicated by the IDF Spokesman)
In accordance with the decision by the political echelon and in light of the security assessment, a general closure has been imposed in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, effective this morning.
The IDF is deploying in order to allow for a dignified funeral ceremony for the Chairman of the Palestinian Authority Yasser Arafat.
Passage into the West Bank will be allowed with appropriate permits, as will be publicized.
During the closure, passage will be allowed for humanitarian cases approved by the Liaison offices.