Wednesday, May 17, 2006

No sh*t, really?
Report: Arafat used aid money for weapons

GAZA, May. 17 (UPI) — A former aide to late Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat says international aid money was used to purchase weapons and ammunition.

The information came from the Israeli interrogation of Fuad Shubaki, a Palestinian official who was arrested two months ago in Jericho, the Jerusalem Post reported Wednesday.

Shubaki, who served as the finance chief in the Palestinian security forces, said Iran was one of the most generous donors, offering in 2000 to assist the Palestinians by training fighters, providing weapons and weapon-producing know-how and funding the establishment of weapon factories.

One of the largest weapons deals struck between Iran and the Palestinians was the import of 50 tons of armaments on board the ship Karine A., Shubaki told the newspaper.

In addition to the light weaponry used by the Palestinians at the time, the ship also delivered guided anti-tank missiles used by Hezbollah against Israeli armor in Lebanon, anti-tank missiles, long-range mortars, and mines, the report said.

Geez, the next thing you’ll be telling me is that Arafat was a thug who embezzled hundreds of millions of dollars while orchestrating terrorists attack in Israel.

Jimmah Carter and the Nobel Peace Prize Committee could not be reached for comment.

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