Friday, July 15, 2005

Associated Press - The Propaganda Wing
Of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade ("Loosely" Affiliated)

Supernatural Blog points to a recent Associated Press article which claims the links between Fatah, the party of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, maintains only "loose" links to it's sister organization, the terrorist group Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade:

Also yesterday, a Palestinian suicide bomber blew herself up near a crowded bus stop in Jerusalem, killing two people and wounding at least 14 others, Israeli authorities said.
The Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, a violent group loosely linked to Arafat's Fatah movement, claimed responsibility for the attack. - Sapa-AFP and Sapa-AP

The link is hardly "loose," however. From Honest Reporting:

The evidence, however, clearly indicates that the Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigade is not some "loose offshoot," but rather has a direct and ongoing bond to the Fatah party, which holds a majority of seats in the Palestinian Parliament. The Palestinian government, therefore, bears direct responsibility for the group's heinous terrorist acts:

The Jerusalem Post reports that a disagreement between the two groups has led Fatah to publically recognize its obligations to the AAMB. For their part, the AAMB is feeling abandoned by their sponsor:

"Thanks to us, Fatah restored its dignity and power during the intifada," [an AAMB leader] added. "But now the members of the Fatah Central Council are putting pressure on us to disband. We don't trust them any more and we tell them that they are the ones who must go."

The leader of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades in Tulkarm told USA Today on March 14, 2002: "The truth is, we are Fatah, but we didn't operate under the name of Fatah...We are the armed wing of the organization. We receive our instructions from Fatah. Our commander is Yasser Arafat himself."

In November, 2003 a BBC investigation found that up to $50,000 a month was funneled by Fatah directly to the Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades.

Why does AP lie about this? Why is it that AP has a horse in this race?

For some reason, AP wants to maintain the illusion that these terrorist attacks are not official acts of the Palestinian state. For some reason, AP wants the people of the world to believe that the terrorists, or "militants" as AP calls them, are just a bunch of justifiably angry people running around blowing things up with almost no plan or method to their madness.

Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, and now Hamas (who won 33% of the Palestinian vote in the most recent Palestinian election) are both official arms of the Palestinian Authority. They are the Palestinian military. Israel should do what any other country would do when attacked by the military of another nation; fight back with their full force.

But, Israel is held back by world opinion which is stoked by organizations like AP, who lie about the situation.

How long, oh Lord? How long?