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August 26, 2005

AFP Story Reports on Palestinian Violence; Paints Only Israel as Violating Road Map

An earlier Snapshots entry pointed out an Agence France Presse double standard regarding the Road Map peace plan. This entry does too.

This AFP dispatch today described a recent surge in Palestinian violence:

An Israeli border policeman was stabbed and wounded by a Palestinian near a disputed religious site venerated by both Jews and Muslims in Hebron, one day after Israeli troops shot dead five militants in the northern West Bank.

Palestinians threw stones at an off-duty army officer in the West Bank, lightly injuring him in the head, and stole his M16 rifle.

In southern Gaza, militants detonated an explosive device as an army force was patrolling in the area, damaging a security fence.

The Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, loosely affiliated to Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas's Fatah party, said the attack was to avenge the killing of the five militants on Wednesday.

Thousands of Hamas supporters rallied in northern Gaza to celebrate "the victory of the resistance" after the eviction of all Jewish settlers from the territory with masked gunmen brandishing M16s and anti-tank missiles.

Despite these clear Palestinian violations of the Road Map, the article mentions the peace plan only in relation to Israeli obligations. Then the writer makes sure to note that Israeli officials have "plans" which contradict those obligations:

The blueprint obliges Israel to freeze all settlement activity but officials have announced plans for expanding Maale Adumim, the largest West Bank enclave.

Posted by at August 26, 2005 04:35 PM


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