12-30-2005, 08:20 AM #1
Palestinians Kidnap British Humanitarian Workers
Can anyone explain what was the point of kidnapping humanitarian workers? They are non-Jewish, non-Zionists. Rather, pro-Palestinian.
"Police vow to free kidnap Britons"
"A Palestinian police chief has vowed to find three kidnapped Britons and says he will use force if necessary.
But Alaa Hosni said there had been no contact with the unknown group responsible for abducting Kate Burton, 24, and her parents in Gaza.
The Muslim Council of Britain and the Palestinian Authority have condemned the kidnap of the British human rights worker and her parents.
Roadblocks are in place around Rafah where the three were taken.
British officials have told the BBC that they believe the trio are being held in southern Gaza, and think it likely they are being treated well and will be released unharmed, based on past experience.
A team of six British diplomats are in Gaza and Foreign Secretary Jack Straw is planning to raise the incident with Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas.
With the unusual lack of contact and strong denials from the larger militant groups, there is speculation that a small group may be behind the kidnapping.
The al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade and Hamas - both responsible for suicide bombings in Israel - have called for the release of Ms Burton and her parents Hugh and Helen, known as Win.
Mr Hosni, head of police in the West Bank and Gaza, said: "Up to this point there have been no negotiations with the kidnappers. We don't know who they are.
"We're still searching and, God willing, we will catch the kidnappers as soon as possible.
"We'll deal with the situation according to circumstances. If we're obliged to use force we will use it to release them.
"But, God willing, we'll succeed in releasing them peacefully. We work to release these people because they're our friends and part of us. These people have been struggling for the Palestinian cause."
In a statement, a masked fighter from the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade said the kidnapping "harms the resistance effort".
Hamas also called for the Burtons' release, while Palestinians demonstrated to vent their anger.
"Mrs Burton, Kate's mother, has been active in the inter-faith movement in the UK and Europe for many years," said Sir Iqbal Sacranie, Secretary-General of the Muslim Council of Britain.
"The family's abduction and exposure to danger is absolutely unlawful, totally unjustified and counter-productive."
Analysts say kidnappings of Westerners in Gaza usually end with the hostages released quickly and unharmed.
Gunmen stage the abductions to attract attention, embarrass the Palestinian authorities, or raise money.
A former adviser to the Palestinian Authority, Diana Bhutto, told BBC News: "What is strange in this case is that this is the first situation of which there hasn't been contact by the kidnappers themselves to the Palestinian Authority either demanding jobs or placing other demands.
"And it's the first time that it's lasted more than 24 hours.
"That said, having lived here for a long period of time this is a relatively safe place and I'm hoping that the Burtons are released without harm."
There has been anger over the deteriorating security situation in Gaza, with 100 police officers demonstrating at the border crossing with Egypt at Rafah to protest against the killing of an officer.
Kate Burton's family described her as "a warm and loving person" who works as a volunteer in the Middle East.
In a statement on Thursday, the Burton family said: "We are a close family and are naturally deeply concerned about our parents and sister.
"Kate is a warm and loving person and has been working as a volunteer in Gaza for the past year trying to do what she can to help the situation there.
"We are grateful for the help and messages of support that we are receiving."
It is understood that Ms Burton, who speaks Arabic, as well as fluent French and Spanish, was showing her parents around Rafah, near the border with Egypt, when the kidnappers struck.
Michaela Meeraus, 22, from Oxford, a friend of Ms Burton's from university, told the BBC she was a passionate person who had an interest in the fate of the Palestinians.
Ms Burton had studied Hebrew and Arabic and her interest in the region had been fuelled by a stay in a kibbutz, she said.
"She is a very genuine, honest, person," Ms Meeraus said, "always really interested in meeting people - speaking several languages and having lots of international friends.
"The fact that she speaks Arabic and is with her parents probably comforts her a little bit."
It is understood Ms Burton had left her job with the UN in Gaza after it pulled all non-essential staff out because of the threat of kidnapping.
She continued to work in the area at the al-Mezan Centre for Human Rights as an "international co-ordinator"."
12-30-2005, 08:36 AM #2Retired Vet
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I can't explain it, no. Except to say that Palestinians aren't known for their genius!.
12-30-2005, 08:59 AM #3
Yemeni’s are expert in this so they can probably explain!
12-30-2005, 12:03 PM #4
Maybe its Mossad, after all Hamas and Islamic Jihad have called for her to be released.
12-30-2005, 12:04 PM #5
I hope Mossad doesnt run over these people with a bulldozer.
12-30-2005, 12:45 PM #6Originally Posted by CAUSASIAN
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12-30-2005, 04:00 PM #7Originally Posted by CAUSASIAN
12-30-2005, 04:01 PM #8Originally Posted by CAUSASIAN
12-31-2005, 12:21 AM #9
this type of crap seems to happen all the time anymore.
idiotic Islamic terrorists decide to kidnap someone, and it makes NO GODDAMNED SENSE WHATSOEVER.
2nd thread in the last few days where some idiotic "islamists" decide to kidnap someone for inexplicable reasons.
12-31-2005, 07:52 AM #10Junior Member
Originally Posted by keth'naab
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if you look at palestine the majority of terror groups are not muslim but are secular infact the only muslim fredom fighter groups are hamas & islamic jihad.
the secular orginasations are PLO, PLFP, force 17, black september, al-aqsa martyers brigade, PLF etc...
and the only reason hamas even exists is becuase israel funded them and supported them so it would start a cival war between secualr PLO and islamic Hamas you can read up this info from respected website which will confirm this.
so by logic what makes you think this kidnapping was done by muslim groups?
it could be done by any number of secular orginisation.
infact the majority of the crime and lawlessness in palestine is done by al-aqsa martyers brigade who kidnapp people, storm police stations and attack politions in palestine.
12-31-2005, 10:14 AM #11Originally Posted by isolatex
The majority of "crime and lawlessness", whatever that means, might be done by other groups but the majority of terror attacks and murder are in fact carried out by HAMAS AND THE PIJ and they are "religious" Muslims.
"Freedom fighters" is how you define these groups? Scary
You mentioned the PLO...what exactly did you mean by that? The PLO became the PA, which invovles FATAH...is that what you meant
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