May 6, 2007

Palestinians: Al-Qaeda Attacked School

Palestinian Authority officials have blamed al-Qaeda for an attack on a school celebration, in part because the terrorists believed that girls and boys would dance together at the event. They allege that AQ has established a foothold in Gaza, and more attacks will follow:

Palestinian Authority security officials accused supporters of al-Qaida in the Gaza Strip of carrying out Sunday's attack on a UNRWA-run school in Rafah in which one person was killed and six others were wounded.

"There is no doubt that al-Qaida is operating in the Gaza Strip," a senior PA security official said. "Today's attack carries the fingerprints of al-Qaida."

Witnesses told The Jerusalem Post that at least 70 Muslim fundamentalists participated in the attack on the Omariya School, where UNRWA and PA officials were attending a celebration.

The director of UNRWA operations in the Gaza Strip, John Ging, was inside the school at the time. He was not hurt, as PA policemen whisked him away to a safe location.

Despite lobbing grenades and opening fire with automatic weapons, the attackers only managed to kill one person. They had organized the attack, according to witnesses, in significant numbers. Perhaps as many as 70 terrorists took part in the operation, and they continued to attack the vehicles fleeing the school.

Analysts believe that the terrorists belong to an AQ-affiliated Salafist group, rather than Hamas. They have conducted an increasing level of attacks on Gaza targets over the last two years. They typically target schools, Internet cafés, hair salons, and the like, and this school fits the profile.

While they share an Islamist philosophy, they apparently also share a lunatic desire to kill everyone who doesn't agree with them on all points. The Salafists or Wahhabis want rule by imams and shari'a law, and violently disagree with the political involvement of Hamas and the PA altogether. The AQ groups have assassinated Hamas figures, and Hamas has returned the favor.

Attacking schools is what the radical Islamists did in Beslan. This time they failed to do much damage, but the situation in Gaza since the exit of the Israelis has seriously deteriorated, and the West cannot pretend much longer that they have a nascent staging ground for AQ attacks. Even the Palestinians have begun to figure that much out.

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Comments (13)

Posted by BarCodeKing [TypeKey Profile Page] | May 6, 2007 8:28 PM

It's hard to kill many people while firing an AK-47 in the air on full auto while yelling "Allahu akbar!" Arabs aren't known for their marksmanship. That's why they use car bombs.

Posted by Fight4TheRight | May 6, 2007 8:50 PM

I guess this is what we have to look forward to if we don't put "foot basins" into every college and airport in the United States.

Posted by DubiousD [TypeKey Profile Page] | May 6, 2007 9:34 PM

U.S., out of Gaza!

/sarcasm off

Posted by Lightwave [TypeKey Profile Page] | May 6, 2007 10:14 PM

They may have failed to do much damage in this attack, but they've won a major victory today here in the States.

The latest major U.S.news outlet to throw in the towel to AQ? The L.A. Times.

"We are not naive. U.S. withdrawal, whether concluded next year or five years from now, entails grave risks. But so does U.S. occupation. The question is how best to manage the risks."

And of course for the LA Times (note the unsigned editorial) the best way to manage the risks is to pretend they don't exist and leave a million or two Iraqis to be slaughtered until the remainder fall into line and follow sharia law.

Should that happen, will we risk redeploying into a *real* civil war? You think the Saudis, the Gulf States, Egypt, Pakistan, Iran and Israel will just ignore the regional conflict that will result with the certainty of the sun rising? You think oil prices won't triple overnight? You don't think THAT'S a threat to our national security?

Idiots. Al Qaeda will only stop when everyone is dead or under sharia law. The fact that they are willing to kill moderate Muslims should kind of clue the world in that it's not the US presence n Iraq they are opposed to.

But I guess it will take the killing fields of a true civil war and a crippled US economy for the left to see the light.

Posted by Bennett | May 6, 2007 10:15 PM

So AQ attacked because boys and girls MIGHT dance together, not because they actually were dancing together? Typically bizarre and repugnant and altogether unsurprising. Although it is interesting to learn that AQ seeks to establish a presence in the Gaza. How many more crazed killers does that place need anyway? One would think the market there is fairly well saturated already.

Posted by Fight4TheRight | May 6, 2007 10:23 PM

Well said, Lightwave. I'd add more, but I guess I won't.

Posted by Bill Faith [TypeKey Profile Page] | May 6, 2007 10:36 PM

But I guess it will take the killing fields of a true civil war and a crippled US economy for the left to see the light.

Do you really think today's Dhimmocrat leadership would risk upsetting the Kosoros crowd over a few million dead Iraqis? Maybe for the oil but not to protect a bunch of "little brown people" who don't even vote in our elections.

I added an excerpt and link to my 2007.05.06 Decision '08 // Dem Stupidity Roundup.

Posted by Carol Herman | May 6, 2007 10:37 PM

There was a good article, yesterday. About "using" the extremists to take down Abner Dinnerjacket, for instance. I guess this would include instructions to an effective CIA?

But, basically, Dinnerjacket kissed the hand of an old woman, who had been his former teacher. When he was a kid. And, the extremists went nuts.

This is true pretty much across the board. The extremists are the most unpleasant. And, no matter how ossifying the rules are; they can make them even worse.

So, you have the extremism. But you also have to know in the arab world, it's the Saud's who fund the extremists. And, they never come close enough to be blamed.

Not that I care much about gazoo.

Israel, herself, is surrounded with arabs. They live everywhere. It's not like you think, in various "separate villages," but really, ALL OVER. In every neighborhood. And, their lives are better. But there's absolutely no "give back." Just complaints. And, the hatred that doesn't need etremism to flourish.

Gazoo, is just 3 miles wide. And 8 miles across. Sand, and ocean front views. But nothing at all has worked in civilizing these people. (I have a feeling Arik Sharon knew that!) So, I'm not surprised.

I'm not even surprised at the amounts of money that get thrown on the fire. Realistic solutions are few.

Because just as there are extremists are one side; you've got to realize that there are weak politicians on the other, who do nothing but feed themselves well on the same money that flows in for "relief. There's nobody there on the stage willing to change a single "act."

Posted by Craig | May 7, 2007 4:47 AM

AQ in Gaza? What template should MSM Central masters at the NY Times use? How about "unidentified gunmen"?

Posted by JAT | May 7, 2007 5:14 AM

Well at least they didn't try to blame Israel for this - or GW. I guess I am at a loss to why anyone would think these people actually want peace.

Posted by Keemo | May 7, 2007 6:38 AM

How many hours will pass before Reid, Pelosi, & Murtha blame Bush for this devilish act?

Posted by docjim505 | May 7, 2007 8:16 AM

So AQ is attacking school kids in Palestine now? Utterly reprehensible. It'll be even more reprehensible when AQ or other extremists start trying to slaughter school children here.

I'm so glad that our Congress recognizes the threat posed by AQ and have ordered the CIA and the DoD to investigate global warming in response.(*)

/sarcasm

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(*) http://www.boston.com/news/nation/washington/articles/2007/04/09/bill_ties_climate_to_national_security/

Posted by NahnCee [TypeKey Profile Page] | May 7, 2007 8:41 AM

I sighest that they're attacking school children (again).

But on the other hand, isn't it nice that that's all they're capable of, and they're not even competent at *that*? How do you manage to have multiple many shooters with guns and grenades and the whole nine yards, and NO ONE shooting back at them ... and they only were able to kill one person? Sometimes I think the hand of God (or Allah) is being inserted to deflect these maniacs.