Interview with Palestinian Militant Group Loyal to Arafat

Aug 10, 2001
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Deadly al-Aqsa militants emerge

March 5 ? As the battle between the Israeli military and Palestinian militants has escalated, one group has come to the fore, claiming responsibility for dozens of deaths in the last weeks. They call themselves the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, a secret group fiercely loyal to Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and associated with his Fatah organization. In an exclusive interview with NBC News, members of this shadowy group said that if Arafat asked them to stop the violence, they would.

THE MILITANT HAMAS and the Islamic Jihad have become the most familiar names associated with suicide bombings and attacks on Israeli settlements in the West Bank and Gaza. Israel has a policy of assassinating suspected leaders of these groups.

But in the recent spate of violence, al-Aqsa has launched some of the deadliest attacks, and climbed to the top of Israel?s hit list. Emerging in the last year or two, the group has attacked Israeli soldiers and settlers in the West Bank and Gaza, and civilians in Tel Aviv.

Most recently, an al-Aqsa suicide bomber killed 10 Israelis in Jerusalem on Saturday. Then on Sunday, one of their snipers killed another 10 Israelis, including seven soldiers, systematically picking them off with a vintage sniper?s rifle from a concealed location, and then escaping.

The brigade works in complete secrecy ? a few hundred men, operating in cells. They take bombs into discos, onto buses and into restaurants where, inevitably, innocent civilians are killed.
 

EagleKeeper

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<< The al-Aqsa members interviewed said they would stop fighting if Arafat mandated it.

?But if the Israelis continue attacking us, we will continue.?
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Double sided statement.

They will stop if Arafat says so.

BUT if Israel attacks they will respond.

Therefore is an Hamas group triggers an Israel response, this group feels that all gets are off.

Arafat can not control/influence all militant groups, therefore attitudes like this serve to continue the perceptual violence.

Eye for and Eye until no one can tell who started it and no one is willing to stop it and willing to allow them to be last one hurt.

Not to blame only the Palestinians, but to many are willing to step up and be the trigger/instigator to the next round of trouble
 

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<< Then on Sunday, one of their snipers killed another 10 Israelis, including seven soldiers, systematically picking them off with a vintage sniper?s rifle from a concealed location, and then escaping >>



The Myth of the Lone Sniper
 

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