Yasser Arafat appointment of Moussa Arafat, a relative, as the newest Palestinian security services chief brings chaos in Palestine as militant
Palestinians sacked and burned their own government offices in demonstration against Yasser Arafat's choice. The militants are demanding reforms, as
well as new faces according to the Associated Press. There was an exchange of fire with the police which wounded three of the militants. No
casualties have been reported from either side.
Militants Sack, Burn Palestinian Offices
The divide between the two sides centered on the appointment of Moussa Arafat, Arafat's cousin, as the new head of Palestinian security. Many
Palestinians rejected him as a symbol of corruption and cronyism, propelling long-held dissatisfaction into the open.
Dozens of masked gunmen marched through the Nusseirat refugee camp in central Gaza after sundown Sunday, chanting, "No to Moussa Arafat, yes to
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This internal unrest is the most serious since 2003 according to the report. Prime Minister Ariel Sharon stated that this latest confrontation
reinforced his view that Israel cannot negotiate with present Palestinian leadership.
I have to say that this is actually a positive development for the Palestinians. Arafat's leadership has proven time and time again that it cannot
and will not govern in the best interests of it's people. It's about time that the people started giving back to him all that he's given to
You know, sometimes you just have to burn off the field before anything will grow.
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