The Zionist Organization of America News Release, December 7, 2001
The terrorists arrested by Yasir Arafat’s police this week are not being held in
jails, but in “fancy luxury apartments where they have all conveniences and
freedoms,” a senior Israeli official has revealed.
Lt.-Col. Giora Eiland, a senior spokesman for the Israeli Army this week told
American Jewish leaders about the Arafat’s so-called ‘arrests’ of Hamas and
Islamic Jihad terrorists. He revealed:
* “The Hamas and Islamic Jihad members who have been detained are minor
figures, not the top terrorists whom Israel has requested. Israel has given Arafat
a list of 110 senior terrorists who need to be put in jail, and none of them have
* Regarding the people Arafat has arrested, these are not arrests as we think
of arrests. They are not being taken to jails. They are being brought to fancy
luxury apartments, similar to five-star hotels. They can call and meet people as
* When they are detained, the PA police tell them, ‘for the time being you
have to understand we have to do this, but wait a few weeks and we’ll see
* The suspects are not being interrogated or prosecuted.
The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) notes that on December 6, 2001,
CNN broadcast footage of PA police officers ‘arresting’ some of the suspects.
The policemen greeted the terrorist with hugs, kisses, and smiles, and led them
away without handcuffs or any other restraints.
After one of Arafat’s alleged roundups of terrorists in 1994, then-Prime Minister
Yitzhak Rabin said Arafat’s action was “just public relations,” not a real
crackdown on the terrorists.
Similarly, in 1997, then-Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said that
Arafat had a system of “revolving-door justice” when it comes handling
White House spokesman Ari Fleischer said on December 3, 2001, that
Arafat’s jail have “bars in the front and revolving doors in the back.”