Monday, January 23, 2012

Hiding in plain sight

This is not the first time the Red Cross has been complicit in the hiding of a known "terrorist."  The problem with affecting a capture is that the authorities cannot go into the RC compound, they must wait for the miscreant to go outside, then they can be nabbed.  After a year of taking refuge, Khaled Abu Arfa and Mohammed Totah were finally arrested.  Both are Hamas operatives, and members of the Palestinian political elite.  Hamas is banned in Jerusalem, and Israeli authorities have been trying to capture these two for over a year.  No word from the Red Cross as to their role in keeping the two men away from justice.

From AP/Yahoo January 23 by Ian Deitch

Hamas lawmakers arrested at Red Cross in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM (AP) — Two lawmakers from the militant Palestinian party Hamas were arrested after hiding for over a year inside a Red Cross compound in Jerusalem, an Israeli police spokesman said Monday.
The spokesman, Micky Rosenfeld, said the men were wanted for "Hamas activities." He would not elaborate.
Red Cross officials confirmed the men had been holed up inside. In a statement, the Red Cross said that Khaled Abu Arfa and Mohammed Totah sought refuge in the compound on July 1, 2010, to escape Israeli arrest.
Israel, the U.S., EU and Israel list Hamas as a terror group due to its suicide bombings and other attacks aimed at civilians that have killed hundreds of Israelis.
Israel bans Hamas from operating in Jerusalem. Last week Israel arrested the Hamas speaker of thePalestinian parliament.
Rosenfeld said the Hamas men were arrested when they ventured outside the Red Cross compound Monday.
Shortly after the arrests, a group of Palestinians forced their way into the Red Cross compound, Red Cross spokeswoman Cecilia Goin said. "They acted violently against Red Cross staff and then left," Goin said. Nobody was seriously hurt, she said.
Hamas spokesman Mushir al-Masri confirmed they were hiding at the Red Cross for a year and a half. "This is a Zionist crime," he said. "Their abduction is a violation of their rights."
No mention of the rights of dead Israelis at the hands of Hamas and their indiscriminate rocket fire.
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