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October 07, 2007

Siege, Rockets and Killing Manipulated

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Israeli soldiers outside the Church of Nativity in 2002

In recent days, reports about Palestinian-staged or manipulated news events abound.

1) About the heavily covered Church of the Nativity siege, Ynetnews reports:

A Fatah official who served as chief of a terrorist organization that holed up for over a month inside Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity in 2002 while fleeing a massive Israeli anti-terror operation admitted in a recently released book the infamous church siege was orchestrated by Yasser Arafat's Palestinian Authority. . . .

"The conspiracy was to make a siege and put all the fighters inside the church so Israel would make the siege. People from the Palestinian Authority collaborated with this conspiracy,” said Eiman Abu Eita, Fatah's representative in the Bethlehem satellite town of Beit Sahour who at the time of the siege was Beit Sahour's al-Aqsa Brigades chief.

2) Khaled Abu Toameh of the Jerusalem Post reports that Fatah passed off the video a brutal April 2007 "honor killing" of an Iraqi girl as the July Hamas "honor killing" of a 16-year-old Gaza girl.

3) In the same Post story, Abu Toameh also reveals that:

Last week, Fatah claimed that its security forces in Bethlehem had thwarted an attempt by Hamas to launch rockets at Jerusalem. Fatah later admitted that the "rockets" were old pipes apparently used by Palestinian children during a game.

4) As for the famously disputed Mohammed Al Dura killing, the Israeli government now officially denies responsibility for the death of the boy.

Posted by TS at October 7, 2007 06:12 AM

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