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Boycott gas stations that purchase their oil from Saudi Arabia and Iraq: countries that directly finance Islamic terrorism (01.05.2003)

OpinionHere's a cartoon that properly shows what happens when you use one of the 10-miles-per-gallon SUVs:

Americans and Westerners that use gas
guzzler SUVs directly contribute to the
funding of Islamic terrorists

I recently purchased the Toyota Prius, a hybrid car - the regular engine in combination with the electric motor allows me to get over 50 miles per gallon (for more information on the Toyota Prius click here).

It is extremely important that we do our best to stop financing the corrupt, racist and fascist regimes of Saudi Arabia, Iraq and other Arab/Muslim oil barons. The excellent website www.boycott-middle-east-oil.com has many articles that show how Saudi Arabia plays the double game: on the one hand it says it's our "friend", while on the other it deliberately finances Islamic fascists such as Al-Qaeda/Bin Laden, and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad. Furthermore, Saudi Arabia completely ignores human, gay and women rights through its implementation of Shaariah (Islamic Law). Here some examples:

Saudis Made $200M Deal with Bin Laden!

Saudia Arabia media attacks United States

Saudi Arabia cuts off hands of two thieves

Saudi Arabia finances Palestinian genocide bombers

There are many other examples. The bottom line is that we can make a difference. We can:

1) Reduce our consumption of oil by using a hybrid car, such as the Toyota Prius.
2) Stop our consumption of oil that comes from Saudi Arabia, Iraq and other fascist Islamic regimes.

I quote from www.boycott-middle-east-oil.com:

The power of the American public is stronger than ever. Even if these preferred stations are .04 cents more/gallon, you are only paying an extra dollar per fill-up. Just a small price to pay to hurt the pocket books of the terrorists.

For example:

If only 10,000 Americans (0.00003 % of the U.S. population) buy their oil from our preferred gas station list each week, take a look at the impact:

10,000 X $20/fill-up = $200,000.
$200,000/week X 52 weeks/year = $10,400,000 taken from the terror pipeline!

Imagine now that instead of 10,000 Americans we have 100,000,000 Americans that use hybrid cars and don't buy oil from Saudi Arabia/Iraqi sources. In this case we would not be sending $100,400,000,000 (over 100 BILLION dollars) to the regimes that support Islamic terrorism PER YEAR!

Mind boggling.

I copy below the list of preferred gas stations: those that don't help Saudia Arabia finance Bin Laden and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad. Here in the San Francisco Bay Area I have stopped filling up at Shell, Exxon and Chevron.

I now only fill up at "Union 76". Please take a minute to check the list below and stop buying oil from Saudi Arabia and Iraq: you'll be helping our efforts on the war on Islamic Terrorism.

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British Labout MP accuses J-E-W-S of controlling English foreign policy (05.04.2003)

Anti-SemitismThe Telegraph (www.telegraph.co.uk) reports that a British MP has accused the J-E-W-S of convincing Tony Blair that a war with Iraq was necessary:

Tam Dalyell, the Father of the House, sparked outrage last night by accusing the Prime Minister of "being unduly influenced by a cabal of Jewish advisers".

In an interview with Vanity Fair, the Left-wing Labour MP named Lord Levy, Tony Blair's personal envoy on the Middle East, Peter Mandelson, whose father was Jewish, and Jack Straw, the Foreign Secretary, who has Jewish ancestry, as three of the leading figures who had influenced Mr Blair's policies on the Middle East. [...]

Ned Temko, the American-born editor of the Jewish Chronicle, said: "I just think these sort of comments are offensive and are a profound misunderstanding of the way foreign policy is made in the United States or here."

A spokesman for Lord Levy said he was not available for comment. A spokesman for the Foreign Secretary said: "If these reports are accurate, these remarks are too unworthy to be worth a comment."

Racist and intolerant bastard - it seems that some British Labour MPs have replaced the English skinheads in their hate of Jews.

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Grandmother and 14-month-old granddaughter murdered by Palestinian terrorists (05.31.2002)

VictimsFaces of the Victims has published the story of Ruth Peled, 56, grandmother of 4, and her granddaughter Sinai Kenan, a 14-month-old baby.

Ruth and Sinai, Grandmother and Granddaughter
Murdered by Palestinian Terrorists

They were both murdered by a Palestinian homicide/suicide bomber on 5/27 in the city if Petah Tikva, east of Tel-Aviv.

"The explosion ripped through the Em Hamoshavot commercial center at around 6:40 PM. Among the injured were many children, who were inside the cafe and a nearby ice-cream parlor. Police said the bomb used contained around 10 kilograms of explosives, packed with metal objects to maximize the number of casualties.

Lior and Chen Keinan had gone to buy ice cream with their infant daughter Sinai and Chen's mother, Ruth Peled, when the blast occurred. Ruth and Sinai were killed. The infant's parents were among the 37 injured in the attack."

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Israeli Astronaut takes with him into space a small pencil drawing made by a 14-year-old boy who was killed in Auschwitz (11.25.2002)

NewsThe BBC has an article that describes how Ilan Ramon will become Israel's first astronaut and how he'll celebrate the Sabbath in space:

Ilan Ramon, Israel's first Astronaut

Israel's Science Ministry has said it is investigating ways to allow Colonel Ilan Ramon, the country's first astronaut, to cast his ballot [for the 2003 Israeli elections] aboard the space shuttle Columbia, scheduled to lift off on 16 January 2003.

Israel's first space traveller faces other difficulties: How does a Jew observe the Sabbath in space? More precisely, if he or she is in a low-lying orbit where the sun rises and sets every 90 minutes, what constitutes the Biblical "seventh day of rest?"

Colonel Ramon is not particularly religious on the ground, but believes it is important to mark the Sabbath in space.

"My mother is a Holocaust survivor who was in Auschwitz and my father fought for the independence of Israel not so long ago," says the 48-year-old veteran fighter pilot from the Israel Air Force.

"I was born in Israel and I'm kind of the proof for my parents and their generation that whatever we've been fighting for in the last century is becoming true.

"I feel I'm representing the whole Jewish people," adds Colonel Ramon, who will be Columbia's payload specialist on its 16-day mission designed to study how the human body adapts to the zero gravity of space. [...]

Among the nine personal items Nasa will let Colonel Ramon take with him into space will be a small pencil drawing made over 60 years ago by a 14-year-old boy who was killed in Auschwitz. Petr Ginz's "Moon Landscape" is an emotional work created by the Czech boy during his imprisonment in the Theresienstadt ghetto. [...]

While his mother survived the Nazi horrors, Ramon's grandfather and many extended relatives perished in the death camps.

An official at Yad Vashem says: "'Moon Landscape' connects the dream of one Jewish boy who is a symbol of the talent lost in the Holocaust to the journey of a Jewish astronaut, who is a symbol of our national revival."

To find out how Ilan Ramon will be able to celebrate Sabbath in space, see below. I also copy an information page on Ilan Ramon from Nasa's website.

Update 2/3/2003: Here are some related articles to the incredible stories of Ilan Ramon and Petr Ginz -

NASA sends first Israeli astronaut into space (1/16/03)

Tragedy over Texas skies: seven astronauts killed
in explosion of space shuttle Columbia

Artist Barry Munden creates painting in memory of Ilan Ramon and Peter Ginz (2/2/03)

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Palestinian homicide bomber murders two, injures 32, unarmed Israelis (11.04.2002)

Palestinian TerrorismThe Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that a Palestinian homicide/suicide bomber deliberately blew himself up in a crowded mall in Kfar Saba, near Tel-Aviv:

A bomb went off Monday evening in the crowded Arim shopping center in the coastal town of Kfar Saba, apparently the work of a suicide bomber. Israel's Channel One Television reported that one Israeli was killed and 32 wounded in the attack, including two infants.

An Israeli woman is treated for shock
After a Palestinian tries to murder her

The explosion occurred in an electrical goods store. Witnesses said that the blast caused wide scale devastation. The body of the bomber was still at the scene of the blast. A witness who identified himself as Eitan told Israel Radio that he arrived two minutes after the blast to see the site filled with smoke. "There was a smell of burning in the air and all the windows have been blown out.

Islamic Jihad, a militant faction, claimed responsibility for the attack, according to Lebanon's Hizbullah Manar TV. The bomber was identified as Nabil Sawalha, a [Palestinian] resident of the Balata refugee camp near the West Bank city of Nablus.

Update: I just saw on Israeli TV a Police captain describing the murder. Two Israelis were killed: one of the mall's security guards who managed to stop the Palestinian assassin from slaughtering more innocent people, and a 15-year-old kid. Both were new immigrants from Argentina.

The Palestinian Islamic Jihad, the Hamas, and Arafat's Al-Aksa brigades have deliberately murdered hundreds of unarmed Israelis since October 2000 when Yasser Arafat and his thugs rejected peace and started their war of terror against Israeli women and children.

For a list of all Palestinian homicide bombings, check out the Palestine page. For a partial list of victims of Palestinian terrorism, check out the Victims page.

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There is no comparison between the Palestinian's deliberate killing of unarmed civilians and Israel's retaliatory steps (07.01.2002)

OpinionI have just sent an email to the moderator of a discussion group I participate in, strongly condemning his comparison of the murders of unarmed Israeli civilians with Israel's retaliatory steps.

The Palestinians deliberately kill unarmed Israeli civilians, including babies and children. Let there be no mistake about it: their goal is to kill and injure as many Israelis and Jews as possible. They are racist murderers whose goal is to destroy Israel. The only difference between Arafat and the Islamic Jihad/Hamas is that the later wish for an Islamic Palestinian State to replace Israel, while Arafat’s groups don’t incorporate the religious element (they still wish for Israel’s destruction).

On the other hand, we have Israel’s army whose only goal is to stop the above barbaric excuses for human beings from killing kids and the elderly. They specifically target armed Palestinian men who are part of the Islamic Jihad, the Hamas and Arafat’s terrorist groups such as the Al-Aksa brigades. Never, however, have civilians – men, women, or children – been the deliberate targets of these actions. Never were civilians harmed as part of an IDF military goal.

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Fact 97: Palestinians and their 'Right Of Return' (06.16.2002)

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Fact 162: In 1948, the Jewish Population of Israel was 650,000. (07.21.2002)

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This week's fact is Fact 162: In 1948, the Jewish Population of Israel was 650,000.

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More great news: Yasser Arafat, the Palestinian terrorist, is dead! (11.11.2004)

NewsThe Boston Globe (www.boston.com) has some great news: Yasser Arafat, the Palestinian excuse for a leader, is dead:

Good news from the Jerusalem Post


By Jeff Jacoby, a columnist for The Boston Globe, Link

YASSER ARAFAT died at age 75, lying in bed surrounded by familiar faces. He left this world peacefully, unlike the thousands of victims he sent to early graves.

In a better world, the PLO chief would have met his end on a gallows, hanged for mass murder much as the Nazi chiefs were hanged at Nuremberg. In a better world, the French president would not have paid a visit to the bedside of such a monster. In a better world, George Bush would not have said, on hearing the first reports that Arafat had died, "God bless his soul."

God bless his soul? What a grotesque idea! Bless the soul of the man who brought modern terrorism to the world? Who sent his agents to slaughter athletes at the Olympics, blow airliners out of the sky, bomb schools and pizzerias, machine-gun passengers in airline terminals? Who lied, cheated, and stole without compunction? Who inculcated the vilest culture of Jew-hatred since the Third Reich? Human beings might stoop to bless a creature so evil -- as indeed Arafat was blessed, with money, deference, even a Nobel Prize -- but God, I am quite sure, will damn him for eternity. [...]

How is it possible to reflect on Arafat's most enduring legacy -- the rise of modern terrorism -- without recalling the legions of men, women, and children whose lives he and his followers destroyed? If Osama bin Laden were on his deathbed, would we neglect to mention all those he murdered on 9/11?

It would take an encyclopedia to catalog all of the evil Arafat committed. But that is no excuse for not trying to recall at least some of it.

Perhaps his signal contribution to the practice of political terror was the introduction of warfare against children. On one black date in May 1974, three PLO terrorists slipped from Lebanon into the northern Israeli town of Ma'alot. They murdered two parents and a child whom they found at home, then seized a local school, taking more than 100 boys and girls hostage and threatening to kill them unless a number of imprisoned terrorists were released. When Israeli troops attempted a rescue, the terrorists exploded hand grenades and opened fire on the students. By the time the horror ended, 25 people were dead; 21 of them were children.

Thirty years later, no one speaks of Ma'alot anymore. The dead children have been forgotten. Everyone knows Arafat's name, but who ever recalls the names of his victims?

So let us recall them:

* Ilana Turgeman.
* Rachel Aputa.
* Yocheved Mazoz.
* Sarah Ben-Shim'on.
* Yona Sabag.
* Yafa Cohen.
* Shoshana Cohen.
* Michal Sitrok.
* Malka Amrosy.
* Aviva Saada.
* Yocheved Diyi.
* Yaakov Levi.
* Yaakov Kabla.
* Rina Cohen.
* Ilana Ne'eman.
* Sarah Madar.
* Tamar Dahan.
* Sarah Soper.
* Lili Morad.
* David Madar.
* Yehudit Madar.

The 21 dead children of Ma'alot -- 21 of the thousands of who died at Arafat's command.

Yasser TerrorFat cannot order Palestinian
children to murder Israeli children anymore

Mr. Arafat, also known by many as "Yasser TerrorFat", was a mass murderer, a liar, and a killer of children. He refused peace with Israel in October 2000 and stopped the Palestinians from getting a State of their own (click here for details). For these qualities he has earned the respect of the French, but the scorn and disgust of the civilized world.

Here's a partial list of terrorist operations Yasser TerrorFat was personally responsible for:

To understand Arafat's legacy, there is no better to place to start than the listings of Palestinian terrorist attacks in Israel since 1965 – or well before the Israelis took control of the West Bank and Gaza. Here is a listing of the some of the more prominent atrocities during Arafat's first decade of terrorism, first as the head of Fatah and then the PLO:

* Jan. 1, 1965: Fatah's first terror attack in Israel. (Other Palestinian armed groups had carried out many other terror attacks before this, however.)
* July 5, 1965: Fatah plant explosives at Mitzpe Massua, near Beit Guvrin; and on the railroad tracks to Jerusalem near Kafr Battir.
* 1965-67: A wave of Fatah bomb attacks target Israeli villages, water pipes, railroads. Homes are destroyed and Israelis are killed.
* Feb. 21, 1970: SwissAir flight 330, bound for Tel Aviv, is bombed by the PLO group PFLP in mid-flight, killing 47.
* May 21, 1970 PLO Shooting a Bazooka to the School bus of Moshav Avivim 10 kids plus 2 adult died, 24 wounded.
* Sept. 6, 1970: TWA, Pan Am, and BOAC airplanes are hijacked by the PLO.
* September 1970: The PLO attack Jordanian targets, then flee to Lebanon.
* Sept. 5, 1972: 11 Israeli athletes killed at the Munich Olympics by the PLO.
* March 1, 1973: Palestinian terrorists take over Saudi embassy in Khartoum and murder the United States' ambassador to Sudan, Cleo Noel and others.
* April 11, 1974: 18 residents of Kiryat Shmona in northern Israel are killed in their apartment building by the PLO who infiltrated from Lebanon.
* May 15, 1974: A school in Ma'alot is attacked by Palestinian terrorists who infiltrated from Lebanon. 26 Israelis, including many children, were killed.

Found the list on Dr. Pipes website at www.danielpipes.org. I copy the full article below (found the article on the excellent LGF), and I will be distributing candy to everyone I meet.

**May Yasser TerrorFat rot in hell surrounded by 72 virgins that look like him.**

Update: I have now added an excellent video from HonestReporting.com with shows how Yasser TerrorFat was an evil mass murdering bastard. See below for the details.

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FBI releases 10 reasons why LA's murder of unarmed civilians is not terrorism (07.05.2002)

HumorThe FBI and many others continue to deny the fact that yesterday's shooting at Los Angeles airport was a terrorist attack.

As mentioned yesterday, the murderer, Mohamed Hadayet, a Muslim immigrant from Egypt, deliberately aimed, shot and killed two unarmed civilians. He specifically looked to kill Jews and Israelis, so whether he's part of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, or any other organized terrorist group is irrelevant. The deliberate killing of unarmed civilians is terrorism.

Stefan Sharkansky (Shark Blog), being helpful as always, has found the real explanation for yesterday's murder of a 20 year-old El Al clerk and a 46 year-old Israeli who just happened to be at the airport at the wrong time.

The man who shot to death two people at the LAX El Al counter has now been identified as an Egyptian national. Oddly, the FBI still maintains that there is no indication that this was an act of terrorism.

Sooooo. let's review the facts. Arab shoots and kills people at Israeli airline counter. Terrorism is the first explanation that pops into my head. But okay, fair enough, what do I know, I'm not an FBI agent. So if it's not terrorism, there apparently is another logical explanation. My sources deep in the bowels of the FBI tell me that these are the Top Ten Explanations for the Shooting, Other Than Terrorism®.

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CNN creates site in memory of Israeli victims of Palestinian Terror (06.24.2002)

Palestinian TerrorismCNN (www.cnn.com) has published a site that lists Israeli victims of Palestinian terrorism.

Last night on Israeli TV, CNN’s President gave an interview where he apologized for some of the mistakes CNN has made covering the Middle East.

This came after a lot of criticism on CNN last week: the parents of 5-year-old Gal Eizenman, killed in one of last week’s homicide bombings, had been interviewed by CNN, but when the story was shown, CNN decided not to show Gal’s parents but instead showed an interview with the mother of the homicide/suicide bomber! Gal’s mother (who also lost her mother in the attack) was interviewed on Israeli TV and told the whole story. For more information on Gal and her Grandmother, click here.

The latest site on Israeli victims of terror is probably a result of CNN trying to clear its image, particularly after Ted Turner said last week that Israel is involved in terrorism. The site is well done and covers victims since killed since January 1st 2002 - you may find it here

You may also want to check “Faces of the victims” which has been publishing the stories of the victims since October 2000 (when Arafat and his thugs decided to turn down the offer for a Palestinian State and decided to kill unarmed Israeli civilians instead, see the history page for details):


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Brainwashed Palestinian 10-year-old girl wishes to murder all Jews (09.15.2003)

Palestinian TerrorismThe Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that some brainwashed Palestinian children wish to murder all Jews:

"We want to defend [Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser] Arafat and kill the Jews wherever they are," said 10-year-old schoolgirl Aysheh Muhammad as she gripped a poster of Arafat outside his battered office Sunday, chanting slogans in his support along with her classmates. [...]

Muhammad and her friends were among hundreds of Palestinian children who flocked to Arafat's compound to express their solidarity for the man they fear has been marked for death by the Israeli government.

In their green- and white-striped school uniforms, the children from al-Amari refugee camp stood sweating in the midday sun, grasping bottles of water and hoping for a glimpse of their hero, who they know by his nom de guerre, Abu Amar.

"Abu Amar, show us your face, with our blood and souls, we will redeem you," they screamed until they were hoarse.

"We can help Abu Amar with the stones of Palestine. At school they tell us, go to liberate Palestine. We are not like the Jews, they are just cowards," said Muhammad.

Many times you'll hear that the Palestinians "have no choice" in their racism, hate, and mass murder of Israeli women and children. That's simply not true: they've had many occasions to choose peace and get an independent State of their own (click here for details).

Unfortunately their choice is clear: war and death. They'll get both.

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Islamic Demonstration in London is against Democracy, freedom and evolution (08.28.2002)

Palestinian TerrorismThe Denver Post (www.denverpost.com) reports that a massive rally was held in London, England, in support of Bin Laden and Islam.

American visitors blanched at the sight: pro-al-Qaeda Islamists, who refuse to condemn the Sept. 11 attacks, rallying Sunday at Trafalgar Square

Banners proclaimed: "Islam will dominate the world" and "Those who do not rule by what Allah has revealed are oppressors." Preachers Abu Hamza al-Masri and Omar Bakri Muhammad addressed hundreds, casting Islam as the salve to a U.S.-led world of suffering.

The scene showed how Islamist leaders who made London a base for global jihad, or holy war, before Sept. 11 are able to continue today. Bakri has called Trafalgar Square his new Mecca.

Osama bin Laden had an office in London. Preachers Hamza, Bakri and others at mosques taught hundreds of followers who later went to Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Here's one website that supports the above rally, www.rallyforislam.co.uk - here's their main message:

"We publically call the British public and the rest of the world to Islam, the fastest growing belief in the world. We openly challenge all forms of kufr (non-Islam) whether it be in the form of democracy, evolution, freedom, man-made law etc."

Say no more.

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Palestinian terrorists fire two missiles into Israeli city; kill two Israelis, including a 3-year-old child (06.27.2004)

Palestinian TerrorismThe Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that Palestinian terrorists from the Islamic Jihad and Hamas have fired another missile at an Israeli city, aiming for a kindergarten; this time they murderered one man and a 3-year-old child:

One killed after Kassam rockets land in Sderot
By ARIEH O'SULLIVAN, Jun. 28, 2004, Link

One Israeli was killed and several others were wounded after Palestinians fired two missiles at the town of Sderot on Monday wounding.

[Update: I have just heard on Israeli radio that there were two Israelis murdered: one 50 year-old man and one 3-year-old child. There are also 14 people injured, including two in serious condition.]

One child and an older woman were evacuated to hospital in critical condition, Magen David Adom rescue workers said. They said that the missiles landed on a street between two kindergartens.

The homemade missiles were fired just hours after terrorists carried out a well-planned operation in the Gaza Strip, blowing up an outpost and killing one soldier. A short while later, IAF helicopters fired missiles at two metal workshops in the coastal area.

The improvised Kassam rockets landed on a road not far from a kindergarten, rescue workers said.

It was not immediately clear how many people were wounded or what condition they were in. Israel Radio said a few people had been wounded by shrapnel, while others were suffering from trauma.

Sderot, just a few kilometers from the Gaza border, is often a target of Palestinian rockets.

The Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Hamas, and Arafat's Al-Aksa brigades reject any peace with Israel and call for her destruction and the genocide of her citizens; click here for more details, and click here for a list of homicide bombings executed by these Islamic fascists that have resulted in the death of over a thousand Israeli men, women, and children in the last couple of years.

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Palestinian terrorist organization, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, is destroyed (08.30.2002)

Palestinian TerrorismThe Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that Israel has succeeded in wiping out the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) a communist terrorist group responsible for hundreds of attacks against unarmed civilians.

Earlier this week the IDF arrested another two of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine's top leaders in the West Bank.

The two were caught just as the PFLP, the second largest faction in the PLO after Fatah, was preparing to mark the first anniversary of the killing of its secretary-general, Abu Ali Mustafa.

With their arrest, Israel has effectively succeeded in eliminating the entire political and military branches of the hard-line Marxist group. [...]

The PFLP, which is strongly opposed to the Oslo Accords, has vowed to pursue the fight against Israel and has been very critical of Arafat's peace strategy. A strong PFLP could only pose a bigger threat to Arafat.

Now that we've eliminated the threat from the PFLP, let's move on to the Palestinian Islamic Jihad and then to Hamas and Al-Aqsa Brigade, Arafat's terrorist group (see the Palestine page for details).

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