Palestinians Praise Florida Boys Death

May 16, 2006

From World Net Daily:

 These are the same people who wonder why we cut off their money supply?

The death yesterday of Daniel Wultz, a Florida teenager critically injured last month in a suicide bombing at an Israeli restaurant, is a "gift from Allah" and revenge against American Jewish support for Israel, Abu Nasser, a leader of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, one of the groups responsible for the deadly blast, told WorldNetDaily.

Abu Amin, a leader of the Islamic Jihad, which also took responsibility for the April 17 bombing in which Wultz was injured, told WND last night his terror group may target Americans in the near future.

Wultz, 16, was one of over 60 people injured in the attack in which a Palestinian suicide bomber blew himself up in a crowded section of Tel Aviv as Israelis celebrated the fifth day of the Passover holiday. The blast ripped through a falafel restaurant just outside the city's old central bus station, killing nine. The same restaurant was hit by a suicide attack in January, wounding 20. A tenth Israeli victim passed away this weekend. Wultz's demise yesterday brought to 11 the total number of deaths from the suicide blast so far.

Wultz was a resident of Weston, Fla. He was on Passover vacation in Israel along with his family. The teenager was seated with his father, Yekutiel, at an outside table of the targeted restaurant when the bomb was detonated.

Described as an avid basketball player, Wultz lost his spleen, a leg and a kidney in the attack. Doctors at Tel Aviv's Ichilov Hospital had reportedly been fighting to save his other leg, which was suffering from severely reduced blood flow. Wultz's father suffered a fractured leg in the attack.

Wultz had been lying in a coma in the intensive care unit since the bombing, though he briefly was aroused last month.

His story had generated extensive international media coverage and had prompted a flurry of e-mails across the Internet asking people worldwide to pray for the young terror victim.

Islamic Jihad and the Al Aqsa Brigades, the declared military wing of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah Party, claimed responsibility for the bombing.

In a WND exclusive interview yesterday, Abu Nasser, a senior leader of the Al Aqsa Brigades in the West Bank, rejoiced in Wultz's death. Abu Nasser is part of the Brigades leadership in the Balata refugee camp suspected of plotting the attack.

"This is a gift from Allah. We wish this young dog will go directly with no transit to hell," Abu Nasser said.

"[Wultz] was part of the American support machine that helps our enemy. All these young American Jews come here to support the occupation, they build and live in the settlements … . I imagine him as one of these Nazis who live here [in the settlements.] There is no difference between him and them."

Regarding U.S. policy in the Middle East, Abu Nasser commented, "I say to the Americans if you will not change than we wish you more Daniel Wultzes and more pain and sorrow because it seems that this is the only thing you deserve."

Abu Nasser went on to pledge more suicide bombings inside Israel.

"We will hit whenever we will think it is suitable and do not expect that I give details but we can hit everywhere," he said.

Also speaking to WND, Islamic Jihad senior leader in the northern West Bank Abu Amin called Wultz's death a "message from Allah to the unbelievers that he will always be at the side of those who believe and fight for him."

Comparing Wultz to the suicide bomber who killed the Florida teenager, Abu Amin said, "Our hero believed in Allah and died while fighting for Allah but your pig was killed in a restaurant in an area full of prostitution."

He said Wultz's death should demonstrate to Americans "that even if you live in the U.S. the hand of Allah and the sword of the Jihad fighters will reach you and you will find the same end [as Wultz]."

Asked if his group would specifically target Americans in Israel, Abu Amin replied, "Concerning the Americans we do not target them but I will not be surprise if the resistance organizations would reconsider this matter. America is a full partner of the enemy in the siege against our people.

"If we know there are Americans in a place we plan to attack, we will not cancel the operation. On the contrary this would be a sign from Allah that this is a more blessed operation. Killing Americans and Jews in one operation – it can be great."     


al-Qaida Versus The Palestinian Authority

May 2, 2006

Interesting article from The Jerusalem Post:

Palestinian Authority officials here expressed deep concern over the weekend about reports that al-Qaida was planning to assassinate top PA leaders.

The threats have prompted PA security forces to take strict measures to guarantee the safety of the leaders, including PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, whose villa in Ramallah has been completely cordoned off.

The latest measures were taken after a hitherto unknown group calling itself al-Tawhid and Jihad [Unification and Holy War] distributed leaflets in the Gaza Strip threatening to kill a number of senior officials belonging to Abbas's Fatah party.

This is the first time that the group, which is believed to be headed by Jordanian arch-terrorist Abu Musab Zarqawi, has issued a leaflet in Gaza, indicating that al-Qaida elements had begun operating in the area.

Radical Palestinian groups have generally avoided issuing direct death threats against PA leaders, but PA leaders say that with the recent disclosure that al-Qaida has managed to establish cells in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, they feared that its members would target Abbas and other Fatah leaders.

The leaflet specifically mentioned the names of five Abbas loyalists who it said would soon be "slaughtered" as apostates: Muhammad Dahlan, Yasser Abed Rabbo, Samir Mashharawi, Nabil Amr and Abu Ali Shaheen.

"We hereby declare that we have begun operating in Palestine," the leaflet said, heaping praise on Zarqawi and al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden. "We have deiced to revive the sunnah [one of the sources of Islamic jurisprudence] of slaughter against these people to avoid dissension."

Zarqawi's followers are believed to be behind a spate of gruesome killings of foreign nationals in Iraq over the past three years. Most of the victims had their throats slashed in front of cameras.

An Hamas spokesman denied any connection to the threats, saying they did not believe that al-Qaida had set up cells in Gaza.
"Hamas does not have any links with al-Qaida," said PA cabinet spokesman Ghazi Hamad. Other Hamas leaders claimed that Fatah was planning to assassinate some of their members, pointing out that Fatah gunmen had issued threats against senior Hamas representatives in the past few weeks.

Muwafak Matar, a senior Fatah activist in the Gaza Strip, strongly condemned the threat as an attempt to spark civil war in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. "Why are the Zarqawis of Palestine focusing their efforts on issuing threats to kill Palestinians?" he asked. "Why now and what's their goal?" He added: "Doesn't the Palestinian citizen have the right to shout, 'Enough is enough' We have reached the red line of tensions and restraint."

Dahlan, who has been accused by Hamas of spearheading a US-led conspiracy to bring down the new Hamas cabinet, warned against attempts by "suspicious elements" to liquidate PA officials. "They are seeking to spread confusion," he said. "We are taking these threats very seriously and we even know the identity of those behind them."

Dahlan also attacked the Hamas cabinet for forming a new security force in the Gaza Strip consisting of "militiamen and masked gunmen."

Several Hamas-linked Web sites have been waging a merciless hate campaign against Dahlan over the past few weeks, accusing him of conspiring with Israel and the US and financial corruption. One of the sites claimed that Dahlan recently bought a tower in Dubai for $100 million, while another quoted him as having ridiculed Islam and the Koran.

Other Web sites have openly called for the execution of Dahlan for his alleged role in combating Hamas and Islamic Jihad when he served as commander of the Preventive Security Force between 1994 and 2003.

One of Dahlan's aides told The Jerusalem Post that he was seriously considering suing the Web sites that had published the inflammatory material. "They are spreading lies and rumors and this is very dangerous," he said. "We have appealed to the Ministry of Information to interfere to stop this despicable campaign."

A senior PA official revealed that tough security measures had been taken around Abbas's residence here. Scores of heavily armed officers belonging to Force 17, the PA's "presidential guard," have blocked all roads leading to the villa and those living within the vicinity are now required to present special ID cards enabling them to move around freely.

The official said the decision to beef up security around Abbas's residence was taken in the wake of threats by Hamas and other groups to assassinate PA leaders. "We are taking these threats very seriously, especially in the wake of the growing tensions between Hamas and Fatah and the ongoing incitement against President Abbas and his staff," he said.

PA security sources claimed that an underground tunnel leading to Abbas's other villa in Gaza City was recently discovered by chance.

They said a number of suspects were being questioned. One source said it was still not clear whether the underground tunnel was to be used by people who wanted to harm Abbas or Dahlan, whose office is located across the street.