Palestinians Celebrate Attack On The U.S.
JERUSALEM - As Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat condemned the terror attack against New York and Washington Tuesday, smiling youngsters and adults waved Palestinian flags, cheered and passed out candy in the streets of Arab East Jerusalem.
Passengers in passing cars made the V-for-victory sign in satisfaction with the attacks of unprecedented magnitude that destroyed the soaring twin-towered World Trade Center in New York and set fire to the massive Pentagon military office building.
Jihad in America and Islamic glee
By David Dolan
This is one of the most difficult reports I have ever written. I debated waiting a bit to send it out, due to the deep grieving that is still gripping my native land as decaying bodies are dug up from the rubble of the destroyed World Trade Center, and as people gather for a special national day of prayer. But it was precisely the day of prayer that led me to send this out now, so that it might play a role in some people's intercession on this mournful day and during the traumatic times that lie ahead.
I have been probing the reaction of some personal Islamic contacts to the horrendous terrorist assault upon America. The street celebrations that swept many Palestinian towns and other Arab centers throughout the Middle East accurately reflect the gleeful feelings of many Muslims, I was told. The reasons for this are chilling, to say the least.
DAY OF INFAMY 2001
Press intimidation by Arafat
Palestinians threaten newsmen who report on terror 'celebrations'
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The Associated Press, the largest news-gathering organization in the world, has filed an official complaint with the Palestinian Authority after a free-lance cameraman was threatened for filming Arabs celebrating the terror attacks in the U.S.
While reports from Reuters, Agence France-Presse and other print news agencies showed Arabs jubilantly celebrating the attacks Tuesday in Lebanon, Egypt and in Arafat's Palestinian territories, few photos and little video footage was available in the West.
In addition, there are reports some international news agencies are refraining from broadcasting film showing Arabs, including members of Arafat's security forces, celebrating as a result of threats and warnings issued by Palestinian Authority officials.
According to the AP, a videographer on assignment for Associated Press Television News, was "summoned to a Palestinian Authority security office and told that the material must not be aired." Tanzim militia members reportedly called and warned the free-lancer that he would be held responsible if the footage was shown and made what he interpreted as threats on his life.
Arafat aide Ahmed Abdel Rahman reportedly told AP representatives in Jerusalem that the Palestinian Authority "cannot guarantee the life" of the cameraman if the footage was broadcast.
AP and Reuters have reported on Palestinian celebrations but have limited their coverage to a small number of still pictures and videotape of rallies in East Jerusalem and Lebanon, reportedly due to the threats they have received.
A Reuters report filed in Beirut stated: "Jubilant Palestinians took to the streets of refugee camps of Lebanon and the West Bank, waving Palestinian flags and distributing sweets to celebrate the attacks on major U.S. landmarks and government offices."
The same report noted: "In Nablus, motorists honked their horns and gunmen fired into the air from assault rifles to cheer on the attacks which unfolded in the space of a few hours and stunned people around the globe."
The AP film that was not aired reportedly shows Palestinian policemen celebrating and shooting into the air, in addition to civilians dancing, according to senior Israeli sources. The film was reportedly shot in Nablus, where more than 3,000 demonstrators took to the streets, and in the Balata refugee camp, according to the website Gamla.org.
Palestinians forcibly confined foreign journalists to a Nablus hotel Tuesday night, guarded by armed Palestinians while festivities took place in the streets outside, according to a Jerusalem Post report.
Israel Television correspondent Oded Granot reported Wednesday night that Tanzim militiamen had kidnapped a Palestinian cameraman who shot a report for a major news agency showing Palestinians in Ramallah celebrating the attacks against the United States. This film reportedly includes footage of Palestinian Police firing their assault rifles in the air in celebration as hundreds cheer. The Tanzim reportedly released the cameraman yesterday.
Ha'aretz reported that mourners at the funerals of nine Palestinians killed early Wednesday in IDF military operations in Jenin cheered in celebration of the terror attacks in the United States.
Maariv reported Wednesday that Arab students at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem held a party Tuesday night celebrating the attacks and giving out candy to participants. University officials closed the dormitory lounge in which the party was held shortly afterwards, Maariv added.
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