Rafiah Crossing: Safe Passage for Terrorists

Israeli supervision over the Rafiah crossing between Gaza and Egypt has proven ineffective in preventing the free passage of terrorists into and out of Gaza.

Scott Shiloh , | updated: 5:18 PM

Senior members of the Islamic Jihad terror organization, including terrorists wanted by the IDF, recently left the Gaza district to make the Moslem Haj to Mecca. The terrorists used that freedom of movement to hold meetings with senior Islamic Jihad officials from Syria and Lebanon.

The Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for last Thursday’s suicide bombing in Tel Aviv. Thirty civilians were wounded in that attack.

Among the terrorists who traveled freely out of Gaza were Mohammed Al-Hindi, Sheikh Abdulla Shami, Mohammed Alharzain, Hisham Salem, and Omar Shalho. These figures, all of whom returned freely to Gaza, make up some of the foremost terrorists fighting Israel today.

Under the terms of an agreement brokered by the United States, Israel was supposed to be able to moniter the operations of the Rafiah crossing via closed circuit television.

The terrorists leaders felt secure enough in their new found freedom to tell the Arab newspaper Albian on January 22, how easily they passed from Gaza to Saudi Arabia and back.

While meeting with their Lebanese and Syrian counterparts in Saudi Arabia, the Gaza terrorists were able to settle a number of policy disputes regarding political and military issues.

One of those issues was whether the Islamic Jihad should participate in the elections for the PA parliament scheduled for January 25. Originally, the terror group was opposed to participation in the elections. Since the group’s leaders returned from Saudi Arabia, however, they decided to allow members to vote according to their consciences, and even run for office.