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      Arafat Abandons His Men

      "Yasser Arafat has abandoned us." So says terrorist Ali Barghouti after Arafat threw him and 20 other wanted Arab terrorists out of his Mukata headquarters in Ramallah last night.
      First Publish: 4/22/2004, 3:57 PM / Last Update: 4/22/2004, 10:57 AM

      "Yasser Arafat has abandoned us." So says Ali Barghouti, nephew of imprisoned Tanzim terrorist leader Marwan Barghouti, after Arafat threw him and 20 other wanted Arabs out of his Mukata headquarters in Ramallah.

      Arafat has been holed up in the Mukata for over two years, and together with him for the past several months - until early this morning - was a group of terrorists wanted by Israel. The terrorists took refuge with Arafat, in the fairly certain knowledge that Israel would not bomb Arafat's headquarters. This morning at 3 AM, however, Arafat suddenly called them all in to his office and told them to get out immediately. Arafat said that he had received word that the Israelis were about to target them, and that they must therefore leave. They begged to have the decree pushed off for several hours, but Arafat held firm: They must leave at once. Ali Barghouti told the French Press Agency this morning that Arafat had "abandoned" them to their fate.