April 28, 2008
JERUSALEM – As the Hamas terrorist organization negotiates a possible truce with Israel, terrorists from Palestinian Authority President Maumoud Abbas' Fatah party today launched a series of rocket attacks that hit Jewish population centers near the Gaza Strip.
At least seven Qassam rockets and nine mortar shells were fired from Gaza-based terrorists today, landing in the Israeli cities of Sderot and Ashkelon.
Of the rockets that slammed into Sderot – a city of about 25,000 people nearly three miles from the Gaza border – one scored a direct hit on a house and another landed near an elementary school. Damage and injuries were still being assessed.
At least two rockets were fired at Ashkelon, a city of 120,000 residents about 12 miles from Gaza that is home to Israel's main electric supply station and critical gas and oil pipelines.
Hamas claimed responsibility for two of the rockets, while the rest were launched by Fatah's Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades in conjunction with the Islamic Jihad terrorist organization, according to Brigades sources speaking to WND.
The Brigades, listed by the U.S. State Department as a terror group [#3], took responsibility along with the Islamic Jihad terrorist organization for every suicide bombing in Israel since 2005 and for hundreds of shootings and rocket attacks against Jewish civilian population centers.
Fatah's Brigades the past few days has carried out more attacks than Hamas both from the Gaza Strip and from the West Bank. The Brigades launched rockets and mortars, engaged in clashes with Israel Defense Force troops near the Gaza town of Khan Yunis and carried out a shooting attack against Jewish motorists in the northern West Bank.
In a statement to WND, the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades said they would not be party to any cease-fire with Israel
"We refuse any cease-fire with the Zionist occupation. It is our right to keep fighting and implementing resistance against the enemy" said Abu Ahmed, leader of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades in the northern West Bank.
(IsraelNN.com) Palestinian Authority officials said Monday that PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas would not meet with foreign leaders and diplomats who visit Israel in honor of the country’s 60th Independence Day. The PA will be commemorating the “Nakba,” or “Disaster,” as it refers to the creation of the modern state of Israel, they said.
PA sources said visiting diplomats should “show sensitivity to the Palestinian people’s feelings.” Diplomats must realize that the PA will be mourning the creation of the state of Israel and not celebrating, they said.
Wikipedia illustrated by yours truly:
Mahmoud Abbas (born March 26, 1935), also known by the kunya Abu Mazen, was elected President of the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) on January 9, 2005, and took office on January 15, 2005.
Abbas is a leading politician in Fatah.... and was one of the founding members of Fatah in 1957. Yasser Arafat was among other key members.
Throughout the 1960s, 70s, and 80s, Abbas traveled with Arafat and the rest of the PLO leadership in exile to Jordan, Lebanon and Tunisia (see article on Yasser Arafat for details).
.... He is credited with initiating secretive contacts with left-wing and pacifist Jewish groups during the 1970s and 80s, and is considered by many to be a major architect of the 1993 Oslo peace accords ...
At the 1993 peace accord with Israel, Abbas was the signatory for the PLO on September 13, 1993.
Question: "Who is responsible for the failure of  Camp David [Summit] and does Yasser Arafat share in this failure?"
Abbas: "The truth is that throughout the 16 days of Camp David there was no such thing as the 'Clinton Plan,' but rather there were [only] ideas. In the course of the last two days at Camp David only three issues were discussed: borders, refugees, and Jerusalem....
"We succeeded in convincing Clinton that there are Palestinians who have the right of return and that that is a right that they may opt to exercise, as is the right to reparations. We explained all of the details and we proposed to start with [the refugees in] Lebanon.
In addition, we asked [then State Attorney] Elyakim Rubinstein about the Absentee Property Fund, and he admitted that Israel 'axed it' in a cabinet decision. I said to him: 'If that's the case, then Hitler's decisions were right.' This tells you something about the kind of reasoning and dialogue that went on with the Israeli side at Camp David…"
Question: "[I ask] once again, who is responsible for the failure [of the Camp David summit]?"
Abbas: "Clinton told Abu Ammar [Yasser Arafat] and me that he intended to issue a communiqué [on this subject], but he promised us that he would not place the responsibility for the failure at Camp David on anybody in particular. And then he went and mentioned Arafat [as responsible for the failure]. However the truth is that Yasser Arafat was more flexible than I was at Camp David, but no serious proposals were made…"