A Palestinian masked gunman of the Ahmed Abu al-Rish Brigades takes part in a rally in Gaza City. Middle East quartet envoy James Wolfensohn promised Palestinians in the Gaza Strip a 'better life' after Israel's planned pullout. (AFP/Mahmud Hams)
I had never heard of the Ahmed Abu al-Rish Brigades before. According to the BBC, it is a "small militant offshoot of ... [the] Fatah movement."
The Fatah, or Fateh, was founded in 1957 by
Yasser Arafat, may his name be erased, and Mahmoud Abbas, among others.
Abbas, also known by the nom de guerre Abu Mazen, is the current chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization and president of the Palestinian Authority. He is one of Time Magazine's 100 most influential people of 2005, and Wikipedia describes his reputation as that of "a moderating influence in the Palestinian Authority, with a genuine drive towards achieving peace."
Abbas is shown here -looking foolish- along with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and American President George W. Bush.
But none of them are fools.
According to Chapter One, Article 12 of the Fateh constitution, the goal of this terrorist organization is nothing less than the "Complete liberation of Palestine, and eradication of Zionist economic, political, military and cultural existence."
three four of the men pictured above know this. James Wolfensohn, who is promising the Palestinians "a better life" at the expense of thousands of Jews in Gaza, knows it too.
That makes five. What about you?