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Sunday, July 11, 2004

Valiant freedom fighters from the Al-Aksa Martyrs’ Brigades, the armed branch of Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat's Fatah movement, bravely bombed a public bus filled with civilians, including children, a little while ago. (Just out of curiosity, what are the unarmed branches of Fatah? Just wondering.)

In Israel, since the weekend is generally considered to be Friday and Saturday, bombing a bus on a Sunday morning in Tel Aviv is like bombing a bus on a Monday morning here. That is, during Monday morning rush hour, when people will be on their ways to work, to camp, to school, etc.

Well, one must be awfully desperate and oppressed to deliberately bomb a public bus. Why, just ask all the desperate and oppressed Tibetans and Sudanese who, like Palestinians, have been detonating themselves in crowded public areas and bombing civilian targets for years now.

Of course, if any of the International Solidarity Movement folks or other “peace activists” who are currently in Israel protesting The Nefarious Apartheid Wall—the same wall, incidentally, that has prevented myriad attacks like today’s—happen to make it into the Muqata for a meeting with Arafat, I’m sure they’ll voice their indignation to him about this latest bombing executed by “the armed branch” of his own party. Maybe they’ll even use one of their megaphones. After all, if they’re indignant over a wall that hasn’t killed anyone, imagine how upset they must be over yet another a rush-hour bus bombing that has.

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