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Jay Currie

One Damn Thing After Another

3/02/2004

The Trouble with riding a tiger is getting off

The disaster which is the Palestinian Authority took another hit today. Magazine publisher Khalil al-Zaben was gunned down. Not even The Independent could figure out a way to make this a postive for the Palis or blame it on the Israelis.
Amid mounting fears of a descent into anarchy, Ahmad Qureia, the Palestinian Prime Minister, last night promised to crack down on Palestinian gunmen after one of Yasser Arafat's most loyal supporters was shot dead.

Khalil al-Zaben, a 59-year-old magazine publisher, was hit by 12 bullets at 1am yesterday as he left his home in the Sabra district of Gaza City. He was a man with many enemies, including dissident members of Mr Arafat's Fatah. His magazine, An-Nanashra, campaigned against the Syrian regime, Islamic extremists, Palestinian left-wing groups and local NGOs, which he accused of corruption.
The short, shrp civil war which I have thought might well lead to the one bullet solution for the Troll of Ramallah (TM) seems a little closer.

Hamas is reported to be working at ensuring that the Troll's writ does not run to Gaza.
Not good news; but at least a degree of proof that there really are terrorists in charge of at least part of Palestine. Arafat's days are numbered.