Israel-Palestine News Compiler

US Envoy Writes of Israeli Threats

“I was the target of an assassination attempt by terrorists using automatic rifles and antitank weapons that had been made in the United States and shipped to Israel,” he wrote. “Weapons financed and given by the United States to Israel were used in an attempt to kill an American diplomat!” After the event, conspiracy theories abounded in the Middle East about who could have planned the attack, and why. Lebanon was a dangerously factionalized country.

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Medhat received death threats – Fatah leader

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on March 25, 2009

Slain senior Palestinian official Kamal Medhat had reportedly received several death threats and had recently sent a letter to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas detailing the threats, a top Fatah commander said on Tuesday. “We will not issue haphazard accusations and we leave it to the Lebanese judiciary and security forces to uncover the truth,” Brigadier Munir al-Maqdah told reporters following a large-scale meeting of Palestinian factions inside Ain al-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp in Sidon.”

Kamal Medhat

Kamal Medhat

Source: http://www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=1&categ_id=2&article_id=100346

Fatah official killed in Lebanon

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on March 23, 2009

“The deputy representative of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO) in Lebanon has been killed in a bombing, security officials say.

Kamal Medhat of the Fatah faction died in a blast by Mieh Mieh refugee camp, near Lebanon’s city of Sidon, they say.”

Mr Medhat recently attended a memorial for dead Hezbollah fighters

Mr Medhat recently attended a memorial for dead Hezbollah fighters

Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7959290.stm

“Kamal Medhat, 58, known in Lebanon’s Palestinian Camps affectionately as ‘Kamal Naji’, a senior member of the Palestinian Fatah movement was killed exiting Mieh Meih Camp by a 25-30 kilogram bomb. The bomb was hidden in a small roadside shed between two checkpoints, one manned by the Lebanese army and the other at the Kifah el Musallah Camp security check point. According to Fatah intelligence sources, a man on a tall building near the Camp entrance watched Medhat’s car approach and detonated it as he passed at almost exactly 2 pm. ”

'The bomb was hidden in a small roadside shed between two checkpoints.'

'The bomb was hidden in a small roadside shed between two checkpoints.'

“There is common agreement in Lebanon’s Palestinian community Tuesday morning that the motive for the assassination attempt was to torpedo the growing intra-Palestinian unity moves in Lebanon and in order undermine Lebanon’s recent stability. Zaki and his colleagues have been working hard for Fatah-Hamas unity in Lebanon.

Fatah’s Zaki blamed Israel for the killing and warned it would have serious repercussions in Lebanon and the Palestinian camps. “Those behind the killing are working in one way or another for Israel,” he told the press.”

Source: http://www.palestinechronicle.com/

A Fatah spokesman in the occupied West Bank said that Kamal Naji – also known as Kamal Medhat – had been ‘assassinated’. “

Source:  http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2009/03/2009323123147929427.html