And people actually fall for this Orwellian nonsense. Also, what was a Hamas operative doing in the West Bank, which is supposed to be Fatah territory? “Israeli troops kill Hamas militant in West Bank,” by Matti Friedman for Associated Press, September 17 (thanks to all who sent this in):
JERUSALEM – Israeli troops killed a Hamas militant on Friday during a raid in the West Bank, where violence has increased since a new round of Mideast peace talks began this month.
Hamas vowed to avenge the death of Iyad Abu Shilbaya, 37, who the Islamic militant group said was a local leader of its armed wing in the northern West Bank town of Tulkarm.
“The blood of our martyr will be a curse,” said Hamas military spokesman Abu Obeida. He blamed both Israel and Hamas’ rivals, the Western-backed Palestinian Authority, for the killing.
The Islamic group vowed to avenge the militant’s death. Gunmen from Hamas, which opposes the peace talks and has threatened to use violence to derail them, killed four Israeli settlers in a Sept. 1 shooting just as the talks were getting under way.
Israel’s military said soldiers were trying to arrest Abu Shilbaya in Tulkarm when he ran toward the soldiers, ignoring orders to halt. The military said troops feared he had a weapon and shot him.
The man’s brother, Mutasim Abu Shilbaya, said troops burst into his brother’s house around 3 a.m. and killed him in his bedroom. A floor mat in the room and the bed were stained with blood.
Israel’s military said Abu Shilbaya was wanted for “recent activity” but provided no further details. A Hamas statement said Abu Shilbaya served several stints in Israeli and Palestinian Authority jails. It said he was responsible for leading several militant attacks, but gave no other information….
Still, some 3,000 Hamas loyalists gathered to march in Abu Shilbaya’s funeral, waving the group’s green flag and chanting “revenge, revenge!”…
Though the Palestinian Authority and Israel share Hamas as a common enemy and have cracked down on the militant group, the Palestinian prime minister, Salam Fayyad, condemned Abu Shilbaya’s killing.
“(It) increases the weakness of the credibility of the peace process, which is already shaken,” Fayyad said in a statement….
See, taking out a jihadist harms the peace process. Jihadists should be allowed to operate freely. That will help the peace process.