ARABS-ISRAEL - Mar 14 - Israel Seizes Palestinian Militant Leader.Palestinians vent their anger on British, US and other western targets after the Israeli army lay siege to a West Bank jail within an hour of the unannounced departure of British monitors supervising six high-profile detainees held there. The nine-hour siege in which Israeli tanks blasted the walls of the Palestinian compound in Jericho ended last night with the six surrendering to the army and being taken into custody for possible trial in Israel. They included Ahmad Sa'adat Ahmad Sa'adat (also transliterated from Arabic as Ahmed Sadat/Saadat, Arabic: احمد سعدات) is a Palestinian politician, and Secretary-General of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). , a leftwing political leader wanted for murder by Israel, who won a seat in January's Palestinian election that brought Hamas to power. His secular Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine Noun 1. Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine - a terrorist group of limited popularity formed in 1967 after the Six-Day War; combined Marxist-Leninist ideology with Palestinian nationalism; used terrorism to gain attention for their cause; hoped to eliminate (PFLP Noun 1. PFLP - a terrorist group of limited popularity formed in 1967 after the Six-Day War; combined Marxist-Leninist ideology with Palestinian nationalism; used terrorism to gain attention for their cause; hoped to eliminate the state of Israel ) is a potential partner of the victorious Islamists in the next Palestinian cabinet. His surrender came after Sa'adat had told an Arabic TV station by telephone from the jail: The occupation is planning a mass massacre. Our morale is high and we will die as men". As Palestinian officials accused Britain and the US of colluding with Israel to provoke the Jericho crisis, militants in the Gaza Strip Gaza Strip (gäz`ə), (2003 est. pop. 1,330,000) rectangular coastal area, c.140 sq mi (370 sq km), SW Asia, on the Mediterranean Sea adjoining Egypt and Israel, in what was formerly SW Palestine. and West Bank retaliated by briefly abducting ab·duct
tr.v. ab·duct·ed, ab·duct·ing, ab·ducts
1. To carry off by force; kidnap.
2. Physiology To draw away from the midline of the body or from an adjacent part or limb. at least nine foreigners. PA president Mahmoud Abbas Mahmoud Abbas (Arabic: محمود عباس) (born March 26, 1935), also known by the kunya Abu Mazen , said events in Jericho were the full responsibility of the UK and US. Abbas last night flew back to Ramallah following the developments in Jericho, cancelling plans to address the EU parliament and EU officials today. "We have to condemn the action by Israel today", said Benita Ferrero-Waldner, EU external relations commisssioner. In Gaza City, a British cultural centre was set ablaze and demonstrators attacked a US teaching centre. In the West Bank city of Ramallah, a branch of HSBC HSBC Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation
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HSBC Humane Society of Bay County (Bay County, Michigan) bank was targeted. As foreigners in Gaza sought the relative safety of PA security HQ's, Britain responded by urging its citizens to leave the Palestinian territories while the EU announced the withdrawal of its monitors manning the Gaza-Egypt border at Rafah. In London, Jack Straw, FM, told parliament the British officials were withdrawn from Jericho out of concern for their safety after the PA "consistently failed" in its obligations under a 2002 agreement in which UK and US officials monitored the jail. The three Britons who left on Mar 14 morning were part of a 12-strong Anglo-American unit whose task was to supervise the operations of the Palestinian prison authorities. They quit their posts unannounced at about 9am and were spotted by Israeli officials leaving town through the main checkpoint. The rotating force was posted in Jericho in 2002 as part of an agreement that ended the Israeli siege of the late Yassir Arafat's Ramallah HQ's, where the six detainees were previously being held. Sa'adat and three other PFLP men were wanted by Israel for the 2001 assassination Assassination
See also Murder.
Fanatical Moslem sect that smoked hashish and murdered Crusaders (11th—12th centuries). [Islamic Hist.: Brewer Note-Book, 52]
conspirator and assassin of Julius Caesar. [Br. of Rehavam Zeevi, an Israeli cabinet minister. Also detained at Jericho was Fuad Shobaki, a financial adviser to Arafat who was implicated im·pli·cate
tr.v. im·pli·cat·ed, im·pli·cat·ing, im·pli·cates
1. To involve or connect intimately or incriminatingly: evidence that implicates others in the plot.
2. in an alleged plot to smuggle smug·gle
v. smug·gled, smug·gling, smug·gles
1. To import or export without paying lawful customs charges or duties.
2. To bring in or take out illicitly or by stealth. arms into Gaza. Palestinians saw the foreign monitors as an insurance policy for the safety of the six. Israel threatened in the past to assassinate as·sas·si·nate
tr.v. as·sas·si·nat·ed, as·sas·si·nat·ing, as·sas·si·nates
1. To murder (a prominent person) by surprise attack, as for political reasons.
2. Sa'adat and his fellow PFLP detainees if they were released. However, a Palestinian human rights group said it last week filed a suit in a British court claiming their detention and the monitoring was illegal. London and Washington last week addressed a joint letter to Abbas, Arafat's successor as Palestinian president, threatening to end supervision of the jail if there was no improvement in the security of the monitors. The warning came after Abbas indicated he was prepared to consider freeing the detainees. Although the immediate motive of the withdrawal was security, the crisis was evidently accelerated by a Hamas election victory that has led the international community to seek ways of isolating the Islamists. Western diplomats acknowledged that Hamas' threats to disregard existing agreements between Israel and the PA - such as the Jericho prison deal - had contributed to UK and US concerns. During Arafat's lifetime, the Palestinian Supreme Court ordered the release of the six Jericho detainees but the Palestinian leader said they must remain in jail, if only for their own safety. British officials denied any collusion with the Israeli authorities.