Thursday, May 10, 2007

Enter Al-Qaeda

From Khaled Amayreh of Al-Ahram

The group had earlier publicly warned the school, run by the UN, against holding the event, on the grounds that the celebration involved the "mixing of adolescent boys and girls which is forbidden in Islam". School and other local officials apparently didn't take the warnings seriously, and didn't implement the necessary security precautions to prevent any possible attack, thinking that the Salafis (ultra- orthodox Sunni Muslims) wouldn't actually carry out the attack. The attack was condemned throughout the occupied Palestinian territories as a totally unjustified crime ... The attack in Rafah, along with other recent sporadic incidents, including the yet-to-be-resolved kidnapping of BBC Gaza correspondent Alan Johnston, are being seen as ominous signs for the future.

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