14-year old Palestinian boy forced to carry out suicide bombing (& other items)

October 17, 2005


1. Drive-by terror yesterday kills three young Israelis and injures five
2. Second-most wanted Nazi located in Spain
3. 14-year-old Palestinian forced to carry out suicide bombing
4. More Palestinians now killed in internal violence than in clashes with Israel
5. Most Israeli Labour Party members want Ariel Sharon to remain PM
6. Afghanistan to recognize Israel?
7. Pakistan: We will accept aid from Israel but only if it is indirect
8. “Fatah gangs run rampant throughout Gaza Strip” (Jerusalem Post, October 13, 2005)
9. “U.S., British journalists abducted, then freed in Gaza” (Reuters, October 12, 2005)
10. “No U.S. aid to Palestinian groups” [with ‘martyr’ in their name] (UPI, October 9, 2005)
11. “Hamas develops rockets in 3 W. Bank cities” (Middle East Newsline, October 10, 2005)
12. “Two-thirds of Israelis against more pullouts” (AFP, October 14, 2005)

[Note by Tom Gross]


In two drive-by shooting attacks yesterday afternoon aimed at passengers waiting at bus stops near Jerusalem, Palestinian terrorists murdered three Israelis and injured five others, some seriously. The dead at the attack south of the city were identified as two 21-year-old female cousins, Kinneret Mandel and Matat Rosenfeld-Adler, both of Carmel, and Oz Ben-Meir, 15, of Maon. Their funerals are taking place at the present time. One 14-year-old boy among the injured is still fighting for his life.

In a separate attack north of Jerusalem an hour later, a 14-year-old Israeli boy was seriously injured after he and his schoolmates were sprayed with gunfire.

The Al-Aqsa Martyr’s Brigades claimed responsibility for both attacks. This is the terror organization within Fatah that was set up by Yasser Arafat after he launched the second Intifada in September 2000.

The Israeli government had recently removed checkpoints in the area of the junction near Jerusalem as a gesture to the Palestinian Authority. But with the PA having still done nothing to clamp down on terror organizations, this made it easier for the terrorists to carry out their attack.

An article at the end of this dispatch contains information on the recent U.S. decision to prevent aid being provided to Palestinian institutions that include the name “martyrs” in them.


Most western newspapers today do not report on yesterday’s terror attacks. In Britain, for example, The Daily Telegraph and The Times of London have not mentioned them. The Guardian placed it at the very end of an article about an (alleged) “Wailing Wall mob” whilst the New York Times also included details but made it very difficult to find on their website.

The Independent and the Washington Post did feature the attacks prominently on their websites “World News” sections.

Two days ago, a senior editor at the Guardian wrote to me that “contrary to what you imply in your articles, the names of Israeli civilians killed in the intifada are more commonly published in the British press including the Guardian than those of Palestinians.”

Judging by today’s Guardian this appears not to be the case.


The Spanish media reported over the weekend that the Spanish police have located the residence of Aribert Heim, the so-called “Dr. Death,” infamous for his hideous experiments on Jews done without anesthetic at Mauthausen concentration camp. His arrest, claimed the police, is “only a matter of time.”

Like other leading Nazis, Heim was born and brought up in Austria. He volunteered to be a camp doctor at the Sachsenhausen, Buchenwald and Mauthausen, where he earned his reputation as one of the most cruel and sadistic SS officers. His patients underwent surgery they didn’t need, and without anesthetic, to test their endurance to pain; others were injected with poison and benzene, while Heim observed them and timed their deaths with a watch to see how long it took them to die. Hundreds of prisoners were murdered in this fashion.

The breakthrough about Heim came in the wake of a report by an Israeli citizen, a Holocaust survivor on vacation in Spain, who spotted a man there whom he believed was Heim. The Israeli contacted Jerusalem-based Nazi hunter, Efraim Zuroff, who runs “Operation Last Chance,” which encourages the public to divulge information about Nazi war criminals before they die. (Both Zuroff, and Aryeh Rubin, the main backer behind “Operation Last Chance,” are long-time subscribers to this email list.)

Since World War II, Heim has taken refuge in Germany, Argentina, Denmark, and lately Spain, where he has been hiding in the town of Palafrugell on the Costa Brava, the Spanish Riviera.

Heim is the second most wanted Nazi still alive, after Alois Brunner, Adolf Eichmann’s second-in-command, who is responsible among other things for the deaths of tens of thousands of French Jews, and continues to be sheltered by the Assad regime in Syria.

Heim’s unusual physical characteristics 1.90 meters tall, with a prominent scar make him particularly recognizable. A special German police team of investigators that was set up following the discovery of Heim’s active bank account 15 months ago, have now tracked payments to Palafrugell.

After World War II, Heim was arrested by the U.S. Army, but then released. Since then, he has hidden in Argentina, Denmark and, most recently, in Spain, apparently making use of the Odessa network of SS veterans, which supplied financial aid and false documentation to escaped Nazi criminals. The Spanish newspaper El Mundo reported yesterday that Heim had been given hundreds of thousands of Euros sent to two artists, a couple originally from France and Italy living in Spain, from one of Heim’s sons. German police said the couple aroused suspicion because of their frequent trips to Denmark, where investigators believe Heim may have a network of support among Nazi sympathizers.


Last week, a Palestinian youth aged 14 who had been told he would be killed if he didn’t carry out a suicide attack, was arrested by the Israeli army at his house in Nablus. He had been coerced to carry out the attack by Rabia Abu Leil, a wanted Fatah-Tanzim suicide bomb planner from near Nablus, whom the Palestinian Authority has refused to arrest despite repeated pleas from Israel and the U.S. to do so.

Abu Leil approached the 14-year-old Palestinian after he had quarreled with his father over money. The youngster was then kidnapped and taken by terrorists to an apartment where other terror suspects were staying. He was told that if he did not co-operate Fatah would distribute a communique claiming that he had been collaborating with the Israeli army, and he would be brutally killed in a public execution as a “collaborator.”

Abu Leil’s scheme received the backing of Jamal Tirawi, a high-ranking intelligence official in the Palestinian Authority, who was present during the boy’s coercion.

When the youngster was asked to write his last will, he claimed that he didn’t know how to read and write, and consequently the will was written for him by Abu Leil. Afterwards he was photographed wearing a suicide-bomb vest and holding a rifle and a copy of the Koran. Israeli intelligence was tipped off last week and arrested the boy who confessed.

Since the beginning of 2005, the number of minors who have been drafted by the different terror organizations to carry out or assist in suicide attacks has risen dramatically, despite the period of relative calm. The cynical phenomenon of using children is particularly prevalent among Tanzim terror gangs in Nablus.


I attach below an article about gunmen from Fatah who attacked Al-Azhar University in Gaza City beating the University’s president and some of his aides, and an article about the abduction in Gaza of two journalists an American and a Briton working for Knight Ridder newspapers. (I include both of these as many Jews on this list may have missed these incidents because they took place during the holy day of Yom Kippur.)

Fatah were behind both incidents. This latest abduction of journalists is no doubt designed to pressure and intimidate foreign media covering the Palestinians into “toeing the line”. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has done nothing to stop these incidents, and like his predecessor and former boss, Yasser Arafat, Abbas may tacitly welcome them.


On Thursday afternoon, the Palestinian Authority for the first time admitted that more Palestinians died in internal strife than in clashes with the IDF during the last nine months.

Later that evening, Palestinians opened fire on Israelis east of Tulkarem in the West Bank. No one was hurt in the attack.


Contributing to this violence is the flow of weapons and ammunition from the Sinai Peninsula into the Gaza Strip.

Israeli officials said that since Israel relinquished control of the Gaza-Egypt border last month, there has been a substantial increase in the nightly smuggling of crates of weapons and ammunition into Gaza.

“It’s a steady flow and much greater than what it used to be during our presence along the border,” an intelligence official said. Israel has complained about the ongoing weapons smuggling several times to both Egypt and the United States.


Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas embarked on five-nation tour on Saturday that will culminate in a summit with President George W. Bush scheduled for October 20.

Abbas first stopped in both Jordan and Egypt before now heading for talks in Paris with French President Jacques Chirac and then onto Madrid for talks with Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero.

A positive White House summit for Abbas may see calls for the Gaza airport to reopen and the seaport to be completed.


A large majority of Israeli Labour Party members want Ariel Sharon, the head of Likud and present Israeli Prime Minister, to remain as premier after the next election.

In a poll carried out by Ha’aretz, 76.5 per cent said the Labour Party should remain part of the governing coalition until November 2006, with Sharon as Prime Minister.

Another survey (below, in the final article of this dispatch) shows that more than two-thirds of Israelis oppose any more pullouts from the West Bank until the Palestinians make peace.


Afghan President Hamid Karzai said in an interview on Friday that he is willing to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and that the two countries may form diplomatic ties once a Palestinian state has been established.

Karzai told the Israeli daily Yediot Ahronot that following Israel’s withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and recent Pakistani overtures toward Israel, he felt it was time for Afghanistan to acknowledge Israel. “The times have changed. Pakistan took a step toward Israel. We will too,” Karzai said.

Afghanistan has never had diplomatic relations with Israel. The recent Pakistani “step toward Israel” was covered on this list in the dispatch President Musharraf to U.S. Jews: “Pakistan has no direct conflict with Israel” (September 19, 2005).


Pakistan also announced this week that she is willing to accept indirect aid from Israel following the devastating earthquake that hit Kashmir last week. Since Pakistan does not have official relations, the assistance will have to be channeled through the Red Cross or United Nations. The death toll from the earthquake is over 40,000 with another 62,000 injured.

Yesterday, Pakistan provided Israel with a list of goods it needs, but there was no indication whether she would accept the participation of rescue teams offered by Israel. The goods include blankets, plastic sheeting, tents, water purification systems and dry foods.

I attach five articles below.

-- Tom Gross




Fatah gangs run rampant throughout Gaza Strip
By Khaled Abu Toameh
The Jerusalem Post
October 13, 2005


Al-Azhar University in Gaza City has been shut down after gunmen belonging to the ruling Fatah party beat the institution’s president and some of his aides.

The attack took place on Wednesday when some 20 gunmen stormed the offices of university president Dr. Adnan al-Khaldi and forced him to flee after assaulting him.

Eyewitnesses said the attackers also dragged an employee from the university’s public relations department and dumped him outside the campus.

The attack was not the first of its kind on the university. Earlier this year another Fatah group stormed the campus and threatened to lynch the university president, who managed to escape unharmed.

The attack coincided with a report published by the PA Interior Ministry showing that Fatah’s armed wing, Aksa Martyrs Brigades, was largely responsible for the continued state of lawlessness and anarchy.

Figures released by the ministry showed that Fatah gunmen were involved last August in 20 incidents of lawlessness, while Hamas came in second with only 18 violations. The number of Palestinians killed in domestic violence since the beginning of the year was higher than those killed by the IDF, the figures showed.

Denouncing that attack on al-Azhar University as a “crime against education,” the university administration decided to suspend studies until the PA security forces put an end to the anarchy.

The university also appealed to Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas to interfere to halt the recurring attacks on its staff by members of his Fatah party.

Sources in Gaza City said the latest attack was apparently in response to the university’s decision to expel six Fatah-affiliated students for their involvement in previous cases of violence on campus.

On Wednesday, a Fatah gang kidnapped two Western journalists while they were traveling in a car near Khan Yunis.

The two, Jerusalem-based American correspondent Dion British photographer Adam Pletts, were on assignment for Knight Ridder newspapers when six gunmen seized them at gunpoint and forced them into a yellow Mercedes, which sped off toward Rafah.

The two were released unharmed later in the day. PA security sources said the kidnappers, who belong to a Fatah gang calling itself Black Panther, were demanding jobs and money.

PA Civil Police Chief Ala Hosni told reporters that the kidnappers were members of the al-Najjar family, one of the biggest clans in Khan Yunis. He said they wanted jobs in the Palestinian security forces and higher ranks for the clan’s members who are already serving in these forces.

The two journalists were the latest victims of a wave of abductions that has hit PA-ruled areas in the past few months. On Thursday, a family from Khan Yunis announced that their son had been kidnapped and that his captors were demanding a $140,000 ransom. The man, identified as 33-year-old Fayez Sawwali, was kidnapped eight days ago. He was working for the PA Ministry of Waqf. The family accused the PA security forces of failing to carry out their duties with regards to ending the hostage situation.

In another sign of growing lawlessness, a Palestinian man was killed and two others injured in armed clashes between rival Fatah gangs in the town of Kabatya near Jenin. The victim was identified as Ala Sabaneh, a policeman who was wanted by Israel for his role in terror activities. Residents said the gunmen were local members of rival factions of the Aqsa Martyrs Brigades.



US, British journalists abducted, then freed in Gaza
By Nidal al-Mughrabi
October 12, 2005


Palestinian gunmen briefly kidnapped an American reporter and a British photographer in Gaza on Wednesday in the latest sign of growing lawlessness in the coastal strip following Israel’s pullout last month.

The two men working for Knight Ridder newspapers were seized by assailants who stopped their car near the town of Khan Younis and took them away at gunpoint, their Palestinian translator, Ziad Abu Mustafa, said.

After the Palestinian Authority made contact with the kidnappers, the journalists were handed over to security forces that had mounted a search, Interior Ministry spokesman Tawfiq Abu Khoussa said. The two were held for about 10-1/2 hours.

“Both have been freed,” Khoussa said. “They are safe and in good health.”

The gunmen belonged to a little-known group calling itself the Black Panther, an armed, breakaway faction of President Mahmoud Abbas’s mainstream Fatah movement. The motive behind the kidnapping was not immediately known.

Mustafa said the journalists were Dion Nissenbaum -- an American who recently became Knight Ridder’s Jerusalem correspondent -- and a British photographer the translator knew only by the name Adam.

They were on assignment near Khan Younis when six masked assailants seized them at gunpoint and drove them away, Mustafa told Reuters. He was ordered to stay behind.

A number of foreign journalists and aid workers have been abducted in Gaza in recent months by militants pressing demands for jobs, the release of arrested comrades or an end to official corruption. All have been freed, usually within hours.

Abbas has been struggling to end armed chaos on the streets of Gaza since Israel completed its pullout on September 12 after 38 years of occupation.

Rival armed groups are trying to stake a claim to a share of power in the strip, seen as a proving ground for Palestinian aspirations for statehood in Gaza and the occupied West Bank.

Hamas, a militant group sworn to Israel’s destruction, is using its Gaza stronghold to build its challenge to Abbas’s ruling Fatah in January’s parliamentary election.

Abbas, under pressure from Israel and Washington to do more to disarm militants, has tried to persuade gunmen to give up their weapons, but has made little progress. Several gunfights have erupted in recent weeks between militants and policemen.

Some Palestinian security men complain they are outgunned by groups like Hamas. Israel has been reluctant to allow in arms for security forces that it fears could be turned against it.



No U.S. aid to some Palestinian groups
United Press International
October 9, 2005

The Palestinian Authority said Sunday the United States will not provide aid to Palestinian institutions that include the name “martyrs” in them.

Palestinian Public Works Minister Mohammad Eshtiyeh said all Palestinian official and non-government organizations have been informed of the American decision.

He added the United States will also hold back assistance to institutions that carry the name of any living or deceased Palestinian resistance leaders.

Eshtiyeh added that an educational institution that carries the name of slain Hamas spiritual leader, Sheikh Ahmad Yassin, will not be qualified to receive U.S. funds, nor will any municipality that has named a street after any such Palestinian leaders.

Naming private institutions, schools, public buildings, streets and even soccer teams after Palestinian “martyrs” killed by the Israeli forces is common across the Palestinian territories.



Hamas develops rockets in 3 W. Bank cities
Middle East Newsline
October 10, 2005


Palestinian insurgents have sought to produce mortars and missiles in at least three cities in the West Bank.

Israeli military sources said Hamas and Islamic Jihad have been developing missiles and mortars in Bethlehem, Jenin and Tulkarm. They said they believe the two groups were also using such cities as Jericho and Nablus to develop weapons.

“We are identifying efforts to transplant the main struggle to Judea and Samaria [West Bank],” Israel Security Agency director Yuval Diskin said.

Over the last year, officials said, Israel’s military halted several attempts to produce Kassam-class missiles in the West Bank. They said Hamas and Islamic Jihad have already tested rockets and mortars in the northern West Bank.



Two-thirds of Israelis against more pullouts
Agence France Presse
October 14, 2005

More than two-thirds of Israelis are against any more pullouts from the West Bank until a final peace agreement with the Palestinians.

A survey for the Maariv daily showed that 59 percent supported the recent evacuation of troops and settlers from the Gaza Strip and four small West Bank settlements and 34 percent were opposed to it.

However, asked whether they would support a new round of pullouts from the occupied West Bank ahead of a permanent status agreement, 68 percent said there should be no more evacuations while 28 percent were in favour.

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has said that he has no plans up his sleeve for a further round of withdrawals but has acknowledged that some of the existing West Bank settlements will not remain in Israeli hands in the future.

A total of 532 people were questioned for Maariv by the Teleseker institute survey which has a 4.1 percent margin of error.

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