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Date 2011-12-17 19:44:13
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On 12/17/11 11:03 AM, Bayless Parsley wrote:

Sending straight to alpha because no WO on. Replying to this thread because it's in reference to the bias we should be aware of from Ma'an News Agency, whose story Mikey just pasted in response to the insight on what's happening at Pal camps in Lebanon. Source is new, just met him on my trip. He's a journalist who works for Ma'an. Insight below is his response to my questions about wtf his boss was saying in the article I pasted below the insight ('Palestinian editor says Jerusalem will be liberated with "military honor"'):

Nasser [Ma'an editor in chief Nasr al-Lahham] is the man but he's a nut. I know him well. Israelis know him too, he used to report from the Knesset and interviewed I think their president once at his home.
His point here, seems to me, is Abbas' strategy of building institutions and restoring security, rather than violently resisting, is key to liberating Palestine. He's telling the recruits they're just as important and valuable as Hezbollah and don't let anyone tell you otherwise Here's the inside scoop on Nasser and the key to understanding how Maan remains the only truly independent news source in Palestine: He's a decades long supporter of the Popular Front, was president of the PFLP at Bethlehem Univ. and went to jail six years for it.
As a PFLP supporter, he detests organized religion and its mixing in politics (Hamas) just as much as he hates materialism/capitalism/corruption (Fatah). (On that second point, he's probably the most beloved media personality in the country and has huge influence, yet he never thought to move out of the refugee camp where he was born. Badass.) The other important thing to know about Nasser, more important than anything else I just mentioned, is that he is batshit insane. Really do love the guy but something is off up there, trust me. He will spout out the craziest theories every once in a while **

Palestinian editor says Jerusalem will be liberated with "military honor"

Ma'an News Agency reports at 0429 gmt that its editor in chief Nasr al-Lahham, delivered a speech to a group of 600 Palestinian security personnel at Jericho's Palestinian Academy for Security Sciences, also known as Al-Istiqlal University. The event was attended by several high-ranking security figures such as Tawfiq al-Tirawi, head of the university board of management, and Nayif Jaradat, the academy's acting president.

The report says that Al-Lahham "spoke about the occupation and how most of the young Jewish people do not know the meaning of the word occupation, because they have been brainwashed by the Israeli military and media establishments."

He praises Palestinian [National] Authority (PNA) President Mahmud Abbas, and likens him to Palestinian figures such as Yasir Arafat and Khalid Mish'al, explaining that "all of them refused to give up on any right."

Al-Lahham calls for an end to the criticism of Palestinians via satellite television and urges the media to respect the "conscience of the Palestinian youth," adding that such criticism is tantamount to "criticizing a whole generation's will of resistance and defiance." He continues: "You are the future. I stand before you, and I see no difference between you and Hezbollah fighters in south Lebanon. They liberated their homeland and you will liberate Jerusalem, God willing." He concludes his speech by saying "I swear in the pure blood of your father that we will pray in Jerusalem and you will liberate it with your military honour."

Source: Ma'an News Agency website, Bethlehem, in Arabic 0429 gmt 30 Nov 11

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On 12/16/11 2:59 PM, Michael Wilson wrote:

Fatah figure denies plan to eliminate Salafists in Lebanese refugee camp

Text of report by independent, non-governmental Palestinian Ma'an News Agency website

["Exclusive" report: "Al-Maqdah: Fatah not preparing plan to eliminate Jund al-Sham and Jaysh al-Islam"]

Bethlehem, 15 December (Ma'an) - Munir al-Maqdah, commander of the Fatah movement's general headquarters in Lebanon, denied that Palestinian forces in the Ayn al-Hulwah refugee camp in south Lebanon are planning to eliminate operatives from the Jund al-Sham and Jaysh al-Islam organizations. These organizations have been accused of being behind the assassination of 2nd lieutenant Ashraf al-Qadiri, escort of Mahmud Isa, also known as Al-Linu, commander of the Palestinian Armed Struggle.

Al-Maqdah told Ma'an's radio network that the political leadership in Ayn al-Hulwah has set up a committee to investigate the assassination, but not to eliminate any particular operative or individual. He said that no one is untouchable, no matter what happens, and that anyone whose name is called should immediately head to the special committee in the camp, and if that person is found guilty, he will be turned over to the Lebanese army.

Al-Maqdah said "there are no operatives from Fatah al-Islam or Jund al-Sham in the camp, and this was an isolated incident." He added that there are ongoing meetings in the camp "because there are people who want to spark clashes in the camps, both internally and with their neighbours, and undermine the stability and security in the camps."

Asked about the reconciliation and the latest meeting between Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas and HAMAS Political Bureau chief Khalid Mish'al in Cairo, Al-Maqdah said this was a positive step towards the future Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital. He said the reconciliation is a Palestinian demand and a force to confront Israel with, and expressed hope that this demand will be fully and clearly realized.

Source: Ma'an News Agency website, Bethlehem, in Arabic 1851 gmt 15 Dec 11

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On 12/15/11 7:44 AM, Michael Wilson wrote:

Fatah Official Says Jund al-Sham Killed al-Lino's Bodyguard

by Naharnet Newsdesk 36 minutes ago

A Fatah official has accused members of the militant group Jund al-Sham of assassinating the bodyguard of Palestinian Armed Struggle chief Mahmoud Issa, who goes by the nom de guerre of al-Lino.

The official, who refused to be identified, told al-Liwaa daily published Thursday that a Jund al-Sham militant opened fire on 28-year-old Ashraf al-Qaderi at the Palestinian refugee camp of Ain el-Hilweh on Wednesday, killing him instantly.

Cautious calm prevailed on Thursday in the camp that lies near the southern port city of Sidon.

But the official said that the remaining members of Jund al-Sham are seeking to create tension after several security incidents, bombings and shootings at the camp.

He added that several members of the militant group had been arrested by the Palestinian Armed Struggle and handed over to Lebanese authorities.

The official hinted that al-Qaderi's killing was aimed at taking vengeance at the arrests.

Keeping an eye on those cookey Palestinians with their guns and their shooting. Oy vey! [nick]

Palestinian commander's bodyguard killed in Lebanon

December 15, 2011

The bodyguard of a top Palestinian commander was shot dead on Wednesday in a refugee camp in southern Lebanon, a local official said.

"At around 10:00 p.m., a masked gunman shot and killed Ashraf Qadiri at his shop here in the Ain al-Hilweh camp," said Munir Maqdah, in charge of security at the camp near the southern coastal city of Saida.

Qadiri was a bodyguard for Mohammed Abdel Hamid Issa, alias "Al-Lino," the head of Palestinian party Fatah's police force in Ain al-Hilweh.

Maqdah said Fatah forces had gone on alert and deployed throughout the camp, adding that the shooter had not yet been identified.

Wednesday's shooting was the second such incident this week targeting one of Issa's bodyguards.

Ain al-Helweh, the largest Palestinian camp in the country, is home to about 50,000 refugees and is known to harbor extremists and fugitives.

By long-standing convention, the Lebanese army does not enter the country's 12 refugee camps, leaving security inside to the Palestinians themselves.

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) estimates that some 425,000 Palestinian refugees are living in Lebanon, a country with a population of four million.

Others, however, estimate the number to be closer to 250,000.

-AFP/NOW Lebanon


On 11/29/11 12:03 PM, Sean Noonan wrote:

I don't think al-Saiqa has been very active since at least the 1990s. Their militant history has as far as I'm aware always been fighting within Lebanon and Syria, not towards Israel (though they did claim some int'l terror attacks in the 1980s). That is all very different from the rocket attacks the last 24 hours, not to mention that Saiqa didn't claim those.


From: "Marc Lanthemann"
To: "alpha List"
Sent: Tuesday, November 29, 2011 11:30:13 AM
Subject: [alpha] INSIGHT - SYRIA/LEBANON - Syrian activity in Pal
camps - ME1403

SOURCE DESCRIPTION: Fatah military source in Lebanon
SOURCE RELIABILITY: B - good track record in reporting

the PA has damning evidence about the intention of the Syrian regime to cause trouble in Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon. Dozens of Syrian men have in recent weeks moved into major camps such as Ain al-Hilwa, Sabra & Shatila, al-Biddawi and al-Burj al-Shimali. The Syrians appear bent of exploding the security situation in the camps should the security situation in Syria go out of control. This will be part of the Syrian regime's efforts to hold Lebanon hostage and to use it in order to negotiate a deal with the West.

The Syrians believe that the French are leading the Western efforts to isolate the Syrian regime. They are also aware that the French feel they have a moral and historical responsibility towards Lebanon. Therefore, the Syrians seem to want to use Lebanon to stop the French diplomatic drive against the regime in Damascus. The Syrians arriving into camps in Lebanon belong to al-Saeqa Palestinian guerrilla movement, which is largely seen as an extention of the Syrian army intelligence.

Sean Noonan
Tactical Analyst
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Michael Wilson
Director of Watch Officer Group
221 W. 6th Street, Suite 400
Austin, TX 78701
T: +1 512 744 4300 ex 4112


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