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Palestinian Calls For Use Of Biological Weapons

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ICEJ NEWS - 08/15/2001

In an article published on Monday in the Palestinian weekly AL-MANAR, a leading Palestinian journalist advocates the use of biological or chemical weapons to create a "balance of terror" with Israel.

According to a translation by MEMRI, a writer with the "The Palestinian Center for Information Sources-Gaza" says that "serious thinking has began a while ago about obtaining biological weapons," to be used as a "deterrence" to even the "balance of power in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict."

The writer argues that Palestinian suicide bombers can be stopped, and they leave scenes of carnage that draw sympathy abroad for the Jews. But he says chemical or biological agents are harder to detect and are not as messy as a bombing scene.

"This weapon terrifies the Israeli security apparatuses, from time to time, mainly because obtaining its primary components, whether biological or chemical, is possible without too much effort, let alone the fact that there are hundreds of experts who are capable of handling them and use them as weapons of deterrence, thus creating a balance of horror in the equation of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict."

"A few bombs or death-carrying devices will be enough, once they are deployed in secluded areas and directed at the Israeli water resources or the Israeli beaches, let alone the markets and the residential centers. [This will be carried out] without explosions, noise, blood, or pictures that are used to serve the Israeli propaganda. Anyone who is capable, with complete self-control, of turning his body into shrapnel and scattered organs, is also capable of carrying a small device that cannot be traced and throw it in the targeted location."

MEMRI notes that the Palestinian Center for Information Sources-Gaza was directed by Jihad Al-Wazir, the son of Abu Jihad [former head of the PLO's terrorist apparatus] and once received American aid. Later, the Center was passed to the Palestinian Journalists Association, and is now managed by Deputy Chairman, Taufiq Abu-Khosa, who wrote the article.

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