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Subject: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] Re: [hangout] Arafat Dead - and the beat goes on..
From: Ruben Safir
To: David Sugar
Organization: Brooklyn Linux Solutions
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Date: Thu, 12 May 2005 06:53:22 -0400
On Mon, 2004-11-15 at 07:42, David Sugar wrote:
> Yes indeed, no doubt an "overzeleous" reminder from Arafat's "legacy".
> I have as little expectation that the Palestinian Arabs will be able to
> overcome this "legacy" as I would have for the Iraqi's to have been able
> to kick out Saddam on their own. A legacy and culture of thugs with
> guns entrenched in power in the Palestinian Arab territories is not
> dissimilar to the dystopia that was Saddam's Iraq.
> Ruben Safir Secretary NYLXS wrote:
> >Never mind. The Arabs deny it happened and it was only 'over zelousnes'.
> >Well at least we agree on that...
> >Abbas survives assassination attempt in Gaza City By KHALED ABU TOAMEH
> >Mourners tent in Gaza City under attack Photo: Channel 2
> >Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday night survived an apparent
> >assassination attempt on his life during a visit to the Gaza Strip.
> >Two Palestinians, one of Abbas's bodyguards and a uniformed PA policeman,
> >were killed when more than a dozen Palestinian gunmen opened fire toward
> >Abbas and former security minister Muhammad Dahlan, who was standing
> >next to him.
> >Abbas and Dahlan arrived at a tent in Gaza City to receive condolences
> >for the death of Yasser Arafat.
> >Shortly after the shooting, PA officials hurried to deny that it was an
> >attack on Abbas, a former PA prime minister, who was elected on Sunday
> >as the Fatah representative for the PA general elections.
> >"The shooting was a result of confusion and chaos, after gunmen arrived
> >at the scene [mourners' tent] and fired shots in the air," officials
> >told Al-Jazeera.
> >"Abbas was not specifically targeted," they added. However, other
> >eyewitnesses said the gunmen shot specifically toward the direction
> >of Abbas.
> >Just an over an hour after the incident, Abbas also appeared on
> >Palestinian TV saying the shooting was not an assassination attempt. He
> >said the incident was caused by over-zealousness.
> >Dahlan too told Al-Jazeera shortly after the attack that he believes
> >the shooting was not an assassination attempt on Abbas.
> >Eyewitnesses told The Jerusalem Post that a group of Fatah gunmen arrived
> >at the scene, chanting slogans against Abbas and Dahlan and condemning
> >them as traitors.
> >The gunmen shouted "Abbas and Dahlan are agents for the Americans"
> >and opened fire.
> >The gunmen also chanted, "With our blood and souls, we will redeem Abu
> >Amar (Arafat)."
> >Abbas was rescued from the scene unhurt, the witnesses said. Security
> >guards hustled him into the tent and threw him to the ground for his
> >safety as shooting intensified. His bodyguards apparently saved his life,
> >but the attack cost the lives of two guards.
> >Abbas was later taken to Palestinian Authority headquarters.
> >A PA security official said the gunmen belong to Fatah's armed wing,
> >Aksa Martyrs Brigades.
> >Matthew Gutman contributed to this report
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