Al-Qaeda is Another Zionist Plot...

An editorial entitled ?Sharon?s Qaeda?, which appeared in the Saudi Arabian newspaper <i>a-Sharq al-Awsat</I>, published in London, called reports of al-Qaeda operatives in Gaza a sign of ?how far Israel and the United States have gone in milking the Sept. 11 attacks to maximum benefit.? According to the newspaper, after Prime Minister Sharon?s announcement, ?the next day Israeli troops swept into

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Following Prime Minister Ariel Sharon?s announcement that al-Qaeda had set up cells and was operating in Gaza and from within the Palestinian Authority, the PA press was replete with stories claiming that, in fact, it was the Israeli secret service recruiting Arab youths, while letting them think they were working for Osama bin Laden. The Palestine Media Center, a PA press agency, reported that PA police subsequently arrested several people for collaborating with the Mossad, in ?an Israeli attempt to use the [fictitious] cell as a pretext to maintain its aggression on the Palestinian people.?

An editorial entitled ?Sharon?s Qaeda?, which appeared in the Saudi Arabian newspaper a-Sharq al-Awsat, published in London, called reports of al-Qaeda operatives in Gaza a sign of ?how far Israel and the United States have gone in milking the Sept. 11 attacks to maximum benefit.? According to the newspaper, after Prime Minister Sharon?s announcement, ?the next day Israeli troops swept into the Bureij refugee camp in Gaza, killing 10 people in a Eid Al-Fitr massacre which included two UN workers.? As for Sharon?s claims regarding al-Qaeda, the newspaper states, ?Obviously, Sharon dreamed up the idea in order to justify attacks in Palestinian areas. And the United States was right behind as the abettor. As Israel was raiding Bureij, the American media reported that Al-Qaeda has set up a branch to help Palestinian militant groups fight Israel.? However, according to a-Sharq al-Awsat, ?The claim about the presence of Al-Qaeda in Gaza does not hold water because Gaza is virtually sealed off by Israeli troops. Israel has taken pride in its claim that no suicide attacks on civilians inside Israel have originated from the area. It is heavily barricaded and many of its inhabitants have been trapped inside for more than two years.?

The Egyptian newspaper al-Gomhoureya cannot explain the behavior of the Israeli Prime Minister without accusing him of deception. ?How odd that Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon should accept in principle the American roadmap plan, seeking the establishment of a Palestinian state, at one minute and then accuses the Palestinian Authority of harboring members of al-Qaeda network in the occupied territories and in Lebanon the very next....? the Egyptian newspaper points out. ?Quite obviously, this represents yet another link in a long chain of lies concocted most cunningly by the Israeli government since 11 September 2001, lies by which the Palestinian resistance has been branded with terrorism, and Tel Aviv accordingly given America's green light to squash it,? al-Gomhoureya concludes.

Another Egyptian paper, al-Akhbar, calls the ?war on terror and the elimination of bin Laden's assistants, wherever they are... an everlasting licence for aggression and for mounting retaliatory operations by such countries as the US and Israel....? For al-Akhbar, the claims of fighting al-Qaeda are part of Prime Minister Sharon?s ?race to win the elections....? Calling him ?a butcher well-experienced in committing war crimes,? the Egyptian newspaper writes that he ?will not balk at launching many vicious strikes against innocent and unarmed Palestinian civilians.? Recent statements by Sharon that al-Qaeda has operatives in Gaza, according to the editorial, is ?an attempt to... brand Palestinian resistance with terrorism and, accordingly, to justify the attacks against the Palestinians....?