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SITE Publications
A Message from the Palestinians in Iraq to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi
By SITE Institute
May 20, 2005




A message issued on an al-Qaeda affiliated jihadist message board, titled: ?A Message from Your Brothers the Palestinians to Sheikh Abu Musab al-Zarqawi (Waislamah wa Mosabah), allegedly written by a member of the ?Salah al-Deen al-Ayoubi Brigade,? tells of the purported restriction of freedoms of the Palestinians in Iraq and unfair treatment levied upon them by the Iraqi police. The writer, Abu Mohammad al-Hashemi, entreats al-Zarqawi because of his ?loyalty to your Muslim brothers makes you obliged to publish this news.?

The crux of al-Hashemi?s argument is from a story he provides of the arrest of four Palestinians in Iraq, who be believes were falsely accused and tortured by Iraqi police. The message states that ?Iraqi forces (Wolf Battalion) attacked the municipal area which houses mostly Palestinians; they dishonored it and frightened children by un-aimed shooting, which pentrates people?s houses and shattered windows while every body was sleeping.? The people arrested by the police were accused of ?performing an explosion in the New Baghdad without any evidence;? people al-Hashemi believes ?are not capable of slaughtering a chicken, and they never used a pistol in their entire lives.?

This incident, which al-Hashemi likens as being worse than ?even with Jews, it never happened that they burst in one?s home and accused him with such big wrongdoings,? causes the author to question: ?Where is the common law (the accused is innocent till proven guilty)!? Where is the Arab dignity!? Is this the said freedom and democracy!?? Believing that a Palestinian in Iraq has not even the ?lowest human rights of any refugee or a citizen… in this injured country,? this message entreats Zarqawi to publish this news that is ?not mentioned in the media.?

A full translation of the message is provided to our Intel Service members.


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