Saturday, May 20, 2006

Latest Palestinian Fundraising Trick 

A masked Palestinian militant from the Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, a militant group linked to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, takes part in a protest in the West Bank town of Ramallah, May 20, 2006. The gunmen were protesting the wounding of Palestinian intelligence chief Tareq Abu Rajab, an ally of Abbas, by a bomb blast in the heavily guarded Palestinian Intelligence Headquarters in Gaza City. REUTERS/Loay Abu Haykel
The subtext here is the financial chaos going on right now in the Palestinian controlled Gaza territories, as various factions fight with each other for power and funding. This picture clearly depicts what I believe is an escalation in the funding conflict. They don't mention it in the caption, but if my smattering of Arabic will suffice -- (Allahu Akbar, Jihad, Shahid, Death to the Jews, etc.) -- I believe the Arabic text on this masked militant's face reads: "This terrorist brought to you by Diet Al Aqsa Cola --- Explosive Drinks for Explosive Drinkers!"

No word in yet on the results of Hamas' "Adopt a Bullet" initiative, but no stone is being left unturned.

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