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Arafat adviser calls for kidnapping IDF soldiers (JERUSALEM POST) By KHALED ABU TOAMEH 07/29/03) Source: http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost/A/JPArticle/ShowFull&cid=1059361967544
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Ahmed Jbarra, the veteran Palestinian prisoner who was released by Israel on the eve of the Aqaba summit in Jordan last month, has called on Palestinians to kidnap Israeli soldiers in order to exchange them for the Palestinian prisoners held by Israel.
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According to the Hamas-affiliated Palestine Information Center, Jbarra who served 28 years of a life sentence for murdering 14 people when he planted a booby-trapped refrigerator in Jerusalem´s Kikar Zion in 1975 was speaking at a Bethlehem rally held in his honor on Sunday night. The report said he "indirectly" urged Palestinians to abduct IDF soldiers.
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Jbarra, 68 and better known by his nom de guerre, Abu Sukkar, was appointed earlier this month as Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat´s special adviser on the issue of the prisoners.
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According to the center, he told the rally that there would be no peace or security for Israel without the release of all the prisoners.
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"I would like to remind all the national and Islamic factions that in return for three soldiers, Israel released 1,150 prisoners in the famous exchange," Jbarra was quoted as saying, referring to the 1985 prisoner swap between Israel and the Syrian-backed Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestinian-General Command, headed by Ahmed Jibril.
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Jbarra also praised the Palestinians for killing one Jew for every three Palestinians killed during the current intifada, noting that in the previous intifada, the figure stood at one Jew for every 28 Palestinians killed in clashes with the IDF.
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Meanwhile, a week after he described visits by Jews to the Temple Mount as a "big crime," Arafat on Monday condemned the continued building of the security fence in the West Bank as another "crime." Speaking to reporters at his Ramallah office, he also played down a series of measures taken by Israel, including the removal of two IDF checkpoints near Ramallah.
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"The ongoing construction of the racist segregation wall is a crime," Arafat said. "All that they have announced regarding the removal of checkpoints and withdrawal from some areas is propaganda before [Prime Minister Ariel] Sharon´s visit to Washington. It has nothing to do with the daily crimes against our Palestinian people."
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Arafat was speaking shortly after receiving a group of disabled children from Jerusalem participating in a summer camp. Many of these camps have included in their programs visits to Arafat´s battered headquarters as evidence of "Israel´s crimes against the Palestinian people."
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PA Minister for Detainees Affairs Hisham Abdel Razek also downplayed the government´s latest measures as a public relations stunt.
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"These decisions are unilateral and unacceptable," he told reporters in Gaza City, referring to the government´s decision to release more than 500 prisoners. "What we are witnessing is part of a public relations exercise on the eve of Sharon´s visit to Washington." (© 1995-2003, The Jerusalem Post 07/29/03)
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