In Gaza, sadness over bin Laden's death

Palestinians mourn bin Laden

In Gaza, sadness over bin Laden's death


JERUSALEM –¬†International media outlets suggest that Osama bin Laden’s star had been on the wane across the Muslim world in recent years. But there is one place that was not true – amongst the Palestinian Arabs, where the A\al Qaeda leader still enjoyed relatively high approval ratings.

A recent poll by the Pew Research Center found that 38 percent of Palestinian Muslims supported bin Laden. Some Jerusalem Arabs demonstrated that support on Monday evening when they gathered to mourn bin Laden’s assassination by American forces.

Dozens of Arabs from the Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan gathered for an evening vigil punctuated with rock attacks on Israeli police officers stationed nearby.

The Arab neighborhoods of Jerusalem were the scene of mass Arab celebrations following the successful al Qaeda attacks on America on September 11, 2001.

In Gaza, Hamas harshly condemned the killing of bin Laden. Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh referred to bin Laden as a “modest man and a Muslim warrior.”

Israeli Arab lawmaker Ibrahim Sarsour accused ¬†President Obama of assassinating bin Laden so that he can win next year’s presidential election.

Article courtesy Israel Today Magazine

One thought on “Palestinians mourn bin Laden”

  1. Oy vey! The story tells what the Arabs did, but what did the police do? Haven’t the Israeli Police learned about Tazers? Take them down and then lock them up. If that doesn’t work, ship them to Iran without papers and don’t allow them to return to Israel.

    I might sound harsh, but in the US, where I live, assault on a peace officer is a Felony. In fact, if you injure an officer with a rock, deadly force can be used to protect that officer’s life.

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