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Palestinian moderates?


This morning I have been listening to discussion on BBC World Service radio about next week’s big Palestinian-Israeli peace summit in Maryland. Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah party was repeatedly described as “moderate.”


Yet not once did the BBC mention that only last night “moderate” Fatah proudly claimed responsibility for the murder of Ido Zoldan, a 29-year-old Israeli father-of-two as he drove home from work yesterday.


He was shot dead, possibly by one of the guns the U.S. government has recently supplied to Fatah. He is survived by his wife Tehila and his two young children, three-year-old Aharon and one-year-old Rachel. Indeed the BBC did not mention the attack at all in their lengthy series of reports today from Jerusalem.


While Tony Blair and Condoleezza Rice keep on trying to persuade us how ready for peace Fatah is, they might like to ponder this attack and also this photo below, and its caption.

A Palestinian woman holds up a pistol as she stands in front of a banner showing the late leader Yasser Arafat and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, top left, during a rally to mark the 19th anniversary of the Palestinians’ declaration of independence, in the West Bank town of Jenin, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2007. (AP Photo/Mohammed Ballas)


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