Wednesday, September 07, 2005

The Peace in Gaza Continues

Moussa Arafat, the 65 year old cousin of everyone's favorite terrorist Yassir Arafat, was dragged from his home early this morning by 'militants' formerly associated with Fatah, and killed in the street (while still wearing his pajamas) in a burst of gun fire. Moussa was killed after a 30-minute gunbattle between the assailants and dozens of bodyguards. The fighting with rocket-propelled grenades and assault rifles raged just a block from the headquarters of the Palestinian Preventive Security Service. The gunmen also kidnapped Arafat's oldest son, Manhal.

"We have implemented God's law," a spokesman for the Popular Resistance Committees, Mohammed Abdel Al, told The Associated Press. The Popular Resistance Committees, a violent group made up largely of former members of the Fatah movement of Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas.

This is being seen as a test of the leadership of Mahmoud Abbas. He has called a meeting of his cabinet and he has previously said that he would seek to get the fragmented fighters of Fatah under control in the next 3 weeks. It has also been stated by the 'militants' from the Popular Resistance Committees that they will resist any attempts to arrest them or to be disarmed.

This is one of the things we had predicted at the start of the disengagement. That the Palestinians would degenerate in to a civil war in short order in Gaza. While we are not happy to be right, it is telling that the situation is already beginning to fall apart before the territory that was evacuated for the disengagement has been formerly turned over to the PA.

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