Sunday, January 28, 2007

PALESTINE, al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigade

01/13/2007 PALESTINE, Hebron, members of al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigade, the armed wing of the Fatah Political Party, are celebrating 42 years of the their Party's existence. The Bush administration will give $86.4 million dollars to the Fatah security forces on the condition that they overthrow the Hamas led Palestinian Authority (democratically elected 01/25/2006).

The al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades emerged shortly after the intifada (uprising) on Sept. 30, 2000. The uprising is usually referred to as the al-Aqsa intifada, the organization derives its name from the al-Aqsa Mosque, located on top of the disputed holy site in Jerusalem, known as the Temple Mount to the Jews, and the Holy Sanctuary by the Muslims. The al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigade was supported and supervised by Arafat's Fatah-Tanzim, an extremist youth military wing of the Fatah movement, and one of Arafat's numerous security forces in the West Bank and Gaza.

Since early 2002, the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades carried out more attacks on Israelis than its Islamist counterparts, Hamas and the Islamic Jihad. As a result, the U.S. State Department designated the organization a Foreign Terrorist Organization in March 27, 2002. A U.S. policy shift, where the U.S. condemns Fatah, and now supports it has taken place. As they now slap an embargo on the Hamas governed Palestinian Authority.

I'm not saying that the U.S. Congress voted specifically to support the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade but the age-old relationship between political parties and their armed wings needs to be taken in to account. What I am attempting to state is that the U.S. and Israel have taken steps to foment a civil war within Palestine.
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