Zionist Organization of America News Release, January 29, 2004.
In the wake of the latest suicide bombing massacre carried out by a Palestinian
Authority police officer, the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) is urging the
Bush administration to immediately suspend all U.S. aid to the Palestinian
Authority (PA) police and security forces.
The terrorist who massacred at least 10 Israelis in a Jerusalem bus bombing on
January 29, 2004 was Ali Yusuf Jaara, a PA police officer who was formerly a
member of Yasir Arafat’s terrorist Fatah Al Aksa Martyrs Brigade. This was just
the latest of many instances in which PA police and security personnel were
involved in terrorism against Israel. (See list below.)
The U.S. has provided the PA police and security forces with hundreds of
millions of dollars worth of training and equipment in recent years. According to
the New York Times (July 1, 2003), the Bush administration is planning to
provide an additional $300-million in CIA assistance to the PA police and
security forces in the near future.
ZOA National President Morton A. Klein said: “In view of the widespread and
continuing involvement of PA police and security forces in terrorism, we call on
the Bush administration to immediately suspend all CIA assistance and other
forms of U.S. aid that are being provided to the PA police and security forces.
For the U.S. to continue providing such aid under these circumstances is, in
effect, to provide aid to terrorists.”
He noted that a recent national McLaughlin poll found that by 73%-15%, the
American public opposes all U.S. aid to the Palestinian Arabs. The American
people understand that the Palestinian Authority is a terrorist regime; the
McLaughlin poll found that by 67%-19%, Americans say the PA has not fought
terrorism and should not be given a sovereign state.
Examples of involvement by the PA police and security forces in terror:
PA Security Service “is a Terrorist Organization”:
The Israeli Army division commander in Gaza, Brig.-Gen. Israel Ziv, said
on Nov. 18, 2002: “The Palestinian Preventive Security Services (PSS) in the
Gaza Strip, headed by Rashid Abu Shubak and Samir Mashrahawai, has
changed over the past two years from an organization whose purpose it was to
thwart terror, into one that blatantly supports and assists it. The PSS has itself
become a terrorist organization, generating, initiating, backing and giving
protection to a great number of terrorists and a long line of terror attacks…”
State Dept. Admits PA Police Involved in Terror:
The State Department’s November 2002 report on PLO/PA compliance
with the Oslo accords acknowledged (p.4) that “members of PA security forces
were frequently involved in acts of violence against Israelis” during 2002-2003.
PA Police Station Used to Shield Terrorist:
On October 26, 2003, the Israeli Army dismantled a PA police station in
Gaza that was “used as a refuge by an Islamic Jihad terrorist,” according to the
IDF spokesman, who added: “It should be noted that the terrorist was offered
sanctuary by Palestinian police officers–who also helped him escape. Such
action illustrates the blatant involvement of the Palestinian security apparatuses
in aiding terrorism.”
PA Police Took Party in Lynching:
PA police officers played a central role in the kidnap-murder-lynching of
two Israelis in Ramallah on October 12, 2000. PA police officers Osama Salim,
Tarek Tabash, and Mahmoud Jamil Sheikh seized the Israelis at gunpoint and
took them to the PA police station in Ramallah. PA policeman Nidal Asheikh
violently assaulted one of the victims on the way to the station. They were
placed in the custody of the station commander, Halil Hassan and then beaten,
tortured and lynched by a mob that included Sheikh and other police officers.
(Jerusalem Post, Aug.27, 2003)
PA Police Chief is a Fugitive from Justice:
PA police chief Ghazi Jabali has been the subject of an Israeli arrest
warrant since 1997, when he sent three PA policemen to murder Israelis in the
town of Har Bracha.
PA Police Helped Al Qaeda Terrorist:
When Israeli forces in Gaza attempted to apprehend Nadim Abu-Okel, a
Palestinian Arab terrorist associated with Al Qaeda, “Palestinian police tried to
prevent the Israelis from taking Abu-Okel into custody, and started struggling
with them. Some policemen stoned the Israeli security forces,” the Jerusalem
Post reported.(June 2, 2000)
PA Police Involved in Terror Since 1996:
In February 2003, the Israeli government released captured PA
documents which proved that the PA security forces have been involved in
terror against Israel since at least 1996. The documents revealed:
In September 2000, Mukdoud was instructed by his commander, PA
security forces Captain Nabil Hadhoud, to participate in the mass production of
illegal weapons. Mukdoud served as the conduit through which money was
transferred from the PA’s Palestinian Preventive Security Service to Fatah
terrorists to finance the operations of factories to manufacture illegal weapons.
Since at least 1996, the PA’s Palestinian Preventive Security Service had
been providing large sums of money to Hina Bakar, a colonel in Yasir Arafat’s
“Force 17” unit who is also a major manufacturer of illegal weapons. Bakar
worked closely with Abu Tarad (aka Talal Mukhsin), a senior Fatah terrorist
involved in the mass production of illegal weapons. The documents tracing the
transfer of PA funds to Baka and Tarad indicate transfers ranging from $50,000
to $150,000 each time.
The funds given by the PA to Baka were transferred by Abu Smalah,
who at that time served as assistant head of operations for the Palestinian
Preventive Security Service. The funds given by the PA to Tarad were
transferred by the inspector-general of the Security Service, Samir Mashariu
and his deputy, Mahmud Prag. Funds were also transferred from the PA to
Tarad by Abu Hatam, who at the time was deputy to then-PA security services
chief Mohammed Dahlan.
One document refers to the planned establishment of a weapons
workshop that would produce between 400-500 mortar rockets each month.
Such rockets are frequently fired at Israeli villages by PA forces and other
terrorists, especially in Gaza and southern Israel.