lying piece of crap is at it again

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    Jul. 2, 2003
    PA denies Arafat claim gunmen arrested for fatal shooting
    By KHALED ABU TOAMEH

    Although Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat announced on Tuesday that PA security forces had arrested a number of gunmen from the Jenin area on suspicion of involvement in Monday's fatal shooting of a Bulgarian construction worker, PA security officials later denied that that anyone had been detained.

    "Those who did it were arrested," Arafat told reporters after meeting in Ramallah with Saudi Prince Turki bin Talal. Arafat did not say how many were detained.

    Fatah's armed wing, Aksa Martyrs Brigades, claimed responsibility for the attack, which came less than 24 hours after the cease-fire announced by Fatah, Hamas, and Islamic Jihad.

    "We didn't hear about any arrests," said one security official. "I have no idea what President Arafat was talking about."

    In Jenin, members of the Aksa Brigades also denied Arafat's claim. "There have been no arrests here," one of the group's leaders said.

    He reiterated his group's opposition to the cease-fire and warned the PA security forces against trying to arrest any of its gunmen or confiscate their weapons.

    "We need the weapons to defend ourselves against the ongoing Israeli aggression," he said. "Our weapons are legitimate because they are only used to fight against the occupation forces. No one has the right to take them."

    Arafat's announcement came shortly before PA Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas's meeting in Jerusalem with Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.

    Asked if Arafat's dramatic announcement could be seen as an attempt to divert attention from the meeting, a senior PA official said, "That's nonsense because President Arafat and Prime Minister Abbas are fully coordinated and there aren't any problems between them."

    He official claimed the PA has passed on vital information to Israel that helped thwart a number of suicide attacks in the past few weeks.

    "We are serious about resuming security coordination with Israel, and we want to carry out our obligations as defined by the road map," he said.

    Over the past two and a half years, Arafat has periodically announced the arrest of Palestinians whom he said were planning to carry out suicide attacks.

    In one interview at his office in Ramallah before Operation Defensive Shield, he said that PA General Intelligence had arrested three men who were planning a suicide attack and offered to show them to the TV crew.

    When the journalists accepted his offer, Arafat asked them to phone one of his assistants the following day to arrange the meeting. All attempts to reach the assistant over the next few days failed.

    Meanwhile, PA sources in Ramallah confirmed that General Intelligence was offering job to members of the Aksa Martyrs Brigades...........Real comforting news isn't it?..........................Snooker)

    They said many wanted men have agreed to join the force in return for a monthly salary and other privileges. The offer was conditional upon their agreeing to surrender their arms and abide by the cease-fire.

    The sources said the gunmen would be given military rank and senior jobs in other security organizations as well.

    Arafat also spoke out about the reopening of the Temple Mount to Jews, saying that Jewish fanatics were being let in by police under the guise of being tourists, and that their "main aim is to harm the Haram as-Sharif [Temple Mount]."

 
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