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    Assalamu alaikum, Palestinians indignant at Anglo-American bombing of Afghanistan by Khalid Amayreh in Hebron (e-mail: amayreh@p-ol.com) Occupied Jerusalem: 8
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 8, 2001

      Palestinians indignant at Anglo-American bombing of Afghanistan

      by Khalid Amayreh in Hebron (e-mail: amayreh@...)

      Occupied Jerusalem: 8 October, 2001 - While denouncing the 11 September
      terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, the vast bulk of
      Palestinians seems squarely opposed to the Anglo-American aerial and
      missile bombings of Afghanistan, a Muslim country.

      "It is a shame to see the world's richest and most powerful country
      gleefully bullying the world's poorest and decimated country," said Sheikh
      Hasan Yousef, an Islamist spokesman in Ramallah.

      However, he added "but shame and morality have never been part of American
      foreign policy and behavior. The country that has so blithely killed a
      million innocent Iraqi children and helped kill and maim hundreds of
      thousands of innocent Palestinians will do anything imaginable or
      unimaginable. It is the arrogance of power and the absence of justice."

      Even people associated with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat are strongly
      opposed to western attacks on Afghanistan, although their public reactions
      are somewhat circumscribed for obvious reasons.

      "I may not approve of Taliban's behavior, but unleashing American military
      power against a poor country and a helpless people is wrong and shameful,
      it is a sign of insolence and bellicosity ," said one of the top leaders
      of Fatah in the Hebron area, who asked for anonymity.

      PA Chairman Yasser Arafat earlier instructed all PA officials not to
      comment publicly on the western attacks on Afghanistan.

      PA official Yasser Abed Rabbo said the PA was still studying "this
      matter," adding that Arafat would seek to reach a common stance on the
      subject with fellow Arab states.

      But, apart from Arab officialdoms, it seems abundantly clear that
      hostility to the United States is at a very high level and is even on the

      "You want me to love America and sympathize with it, never ever," said
      Mahmoud Al Shami, a taxi-cab driver from the Hebron countryside.

      "Any Arab or Muslim sympathizing with America must be either out of his
      mind or a CIA agent. How can we forget that it is America that enabled
      Israel to do to us what it has been doing. America is the ultimate author
      of the Zionist genocide against our people, and America is the evil empire
      that maintains, sustains and shields Arab dictatorships against the
      repressed masses."

      Nonetheless, Palestinians, who have been ravaged by a merciless Israeli
      rampage of murder and terror that has killed 700 and injured more than
      20,000 since 28 September of last year, can offer the Afghani people very
      little apart from prayer and emotional identification, and probably some
      street protests.

      Meanwhile, Palestinians enthusiastically lauded the videotaped statement
      of Osama Bin Laden, screened last night on al Jazeera satellite

      Bin Laden said the death and destruction caused by the 11 September
      bombing were only a small part of what American has inflicted on Muslims
      in the last eighty years.

      He, speaking solemnly and swearing by "God the Most High and the Most
      Great," warned that "America will never even dream of security if we can
      have in reality in Palestine."

      "I disagree with his tactics, but he said the truth," said Sharif Hasan, a
      Palestinian student at the Polytechnic Institute in Hebron.

      Palestinian newspapers printed Bin Laden's remarks on their front pages,
      highlighting the linkage between his struggle against American and the
      Palestinian cause.

      "The world must realize that Israeli terrorism against the Palestinian
      people is the root-cause of the vast bulk of political violence all over
      the world," said the editor of the PA-semi official paper, al Hayatul

      It is likely that virtually all Arabs and Muslims (and many non-Muslims as
      well) in readily agree accept this statement.

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