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PFLP vows revenge, PA condemns Birzeit 'assassination'
Published Thursday 27/02/2014 (updated) 28/02/2014 18:55
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Muatazz Washaha (MaanImages)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine said in a statement on Thursday that it will respond to Israeli forces' killing of an activist affiliated with the group during an arrest raid earlier in the day.

The PFLP and its military wing Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades said that the "response is undoubtedly coming," vowing to "continue to resist until the occupation is removed from all Palestinian soil."

The statement comes hours after Muatazz Washaha, 24, was killed following a stand-off with Israeli forces in the central West Bank village of Birzeit.

The PFLP also called upon the Palestinian Authority to end security coordination with Israel, and to "return to the Palestinian people."

The Palestinian Authority, meanwhile, condemned the "assassination" in a statement on Thursday and demanded the "provision of international protection to the Palestinian People," arguing that the "crime marks further escalation and an addition to the daily killing practiced by the Israeli occupation against Palestinians."

The statement argued the killing was "deliberate," highlighting that Israeli forces had surrounded the house, evacuated residents, and then shelled the house, knowing Washaha was inside.

The statement said that such actions "undermine peace efforts" and confirm that "the Israeli government is constantly seeking to foil these efforts."

Muatazz Washaha was killed in a dawn raid on the central West Bank village of Birzeit after Israeli forces surrounded and shelled his home.

Israeli forces stormed the house and detained his brother, Ramiz Washaha, as well as Fadi Sedqi and Samir al-Qaisi, during the raid. No shots were fired at any point from within the house during the hours-long standoff.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said the raid was carried out to arrest an individual suspected of involvement in "terror activity."

Israeli forces have killed 40 Palestinians since the beginning of US-backed negotiations with Israel.



(AFP/Abbas Momani)

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1 ) Colin Wright / USA
27/02/2014 21:46
Israel, being an enlightened, progressive state, has no death penalty, you see. So -- as in this case -- it has to be administered BEFORE the trial.

2 ) F Callen / Scotland
27/02/2014 22:41
Yes, Colin, better to bump these terrorists off USA-style rather than wait for Obama or the next clown to force their release from prison. Meanwhile you cry and whine about the release of Taliban who attacked US troops IN AFGHANISTAN!

3 ) Law / Order
27/02/2014 22:59
Palestinian terrorists should be jailed or killed - there is no other viable alternative.

4 ) Carlos / USA
27/02/2014 23:44
In Iran you get a trial before you are executed. In israel you are executed and then they dont even bother to have an inquiry. Iran is better than israel. The other joke is israel is a democracy! Are you allowed to force all of the citizens who you do not agree with before you have the election? that is what israel did in 1948. Iran doesnt kick any of its citizens out before an election. Jewish Iranians dont have thier property expropriated to give to other Iranians. Iran is better than israel.

5 ) Mutassim / Palestine
28/02/2014 00:07
Where is Mr Kerry? Shelling, assassination, death by LAW missile, President Abbas calling for international protection for all Palestinians, Ali Mustafa Brigades waiting & ready to strike. The peace process is slipping away fast, please Mr Kerry, do something.

6 ) Mark of Lewiston / USA
28/02/2014 00:35
English subtitles would be helpful on the video reports. Artillery fire and fire bombing don't seem to be effective arrest methods. It still is disturbing that there is no oversight of assassinations, pre or post. Can any 2nd Lieutenant just decide to off some Palestinian for any reason and then claim the dead guy thought once about something? Or does it take a Major to do that.

7 ) Kim Nguyen / USA
28/02/2014 16:03
Call someone a "terrorist" and you can do anything if you are the one with all the force. The real terrorists are the IOF of the zionist state.

8 ) James / UK
28/02/2014 17:10
Israel is perfectly entitled to take proportionate steps to avert the threat of serious terrorist threats in the future.

9 ) Johnny benson / USA
28/02/2014 19:12
He chose to die,he could have given up...he wanted to be a martyr...it was his choice..to join a terrorist group, and to die...what can you say?

10 ) Daniah Enbawie / USA
28/02/2014 21:28
You all talk a good talk but propaganda is spread so widely in Israel against the Palestinians. None of this is the truth. All talk but carry no weight. They do this to occupy more land. The man is now a Martar. He wasn't a activist, he was a man wanting the same as every thing else. So now his family has no home. and soon the land you see will be destroyed by the Israeli. they want the Palestinian out. and they will dream up lies and the USA will continue to send money, and believe the lies.

11 ) Daniah Enbawie / usa
01/03/2014 00:38
They came to kill him. They drug the mother out by her hair. She had been sleeping. When she asked why are you here, they said we come to kill your son. There was no gun as was reported. We know the family. It is all trumped up charges to continue to steal the land.

12 ) Ann Hallam / uk
01/03/2014 00:46
The real terrorists are the Israeli occupiers of Palestine. You blinkered supporters of Israel need to get an education in history

13 ) Andy / UK
05/03/2014 16:41
Ann Hallam UK: Absolutely spot on. The Zionists thrive on people being too lazy to research the history and as I found out myself, it doesn't take a lot of digging to reveal Israel's long and intricate deception.

14 ) @ Carlos-4 / USA too
05/03/2014 19:03
In the Israel, the USA, and probably every other country,
if you resist with weapons when the police come to arrest you,
You are likely to get SHOT IN SELF-DEFENSE before your trial.
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