Interesting article in todays Jerusalem Post.
Documents show link between militants, Palestinian leadership
JERUSALEM (AP) - The army said it found a letter at Yasser Arafat's compound, written by a militant group to Arafat's chief financial officer, requesting money needed to make up to nine bombs a week.
The document details costs incurred by the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, a militia linked to Arafat's Fatah movement, and
was found in the office of Fuad Shobaki, chief financial
officer for the Palestinian Authority, said intelligence officer Col. Miri Eisin.
"I call it a terror invoice, of how much terrorism costs," she told a news conference.
The letter was among documents seized after tanks and troops stormed into Arafat's compound Friday, following a wave of Palestinian suicide bomb attacks.
Asked about the documents, senior Palestinian official
Saeb Erekat said he had not seen them. But he said Israeli
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon "has asked everyone to help
with his public relations campaign and the Israelis are
very busy fabricating things."
The government said the documents are legitimate and
"What we have here for the first time is a document which
connects directly those responsible for terrorist activity
and their requesting the money from an official person
within the Palestinian Authority, and not just any person,
but Shobaki," said Eisin.
At the governments demand, the Palestinians arrested Shobaki earlier this year for his alleged involvement in the Karine A arms shipment seized in the Red Sea. The government says Shobaki helped organize the shipment, which was from Iran and headed to the Gaza Strip.
Shobaki is currently in Arafat's besieged compound in Ramallah, the government says.
In the document, dated September 17, 2001, the Al Aqsa Brigades state their largest expense has been electrical components and chemical supplies for the production of charges and bombs, and that each explosive cost at least NIS 700 (about $150).
"We need about five to nine bombs a week for our cells in various areas" the document says.
The letter also asks for NIS 82,000 (more than $17,000) to be immediately transferred to purchase ammunition for automatic rifles.
"We require this ammunition on a daily basis," it said.
It also lists the costs of memorial services for Al Aqsa
members who are killed, as well as printing posters, invitations and tents for mourners.
The army also found a box of counterfeit money and plates for printing more in the compound Friday.
Looks like Arafat was caught with his pants down. Again.
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