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Security sources say Iran funding some of Fatah's activists
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posted July 12, 2001 10:25
BBC Monitoring Service
Jul 11, 2001
Text of report by Israel radio on 11 July
Israeli security sources say that Iran has recently had an impact on some Fatah activists and not only on Hamas and Islamic Jihad [Movement]. Avi Issakharov, our correspondent in the territories, has the details:
[Issakharov - recording] Iran is no longer making do with involvement in and influence on Hamas and Islamic Jihad [Movement]. According to security sources, Iran managed to get a foot in also inside the Fatah movement. It should be stressed that at this stage this does not include Iranian influence on the entire Fatah Movement, but only on individual activists, who receive funding for their activities and for their attacks on Israel. The importance of this activity is the funding of terrorist attacks, the sources say.
Fatah activists will carry out attacks according to the financial backing they receive. The most striking example is the Bethlehem region, where Fatah activists at first fired on Gilo in return for money, and stopped after receiving the so-called treatment, which they did not expect.
The assessment of the security sources is that Fatah attacks will continue. Inside the movement, there are groups which totally oppose a cease-fire, while there are some which oppose a cease-fire in Areas B and C, which are under total Israeli control. It should be said that Fatah is not yet receiving funds from Iran as a movement and does not support its ideology, but on the ground, fruitful cooperation on attacks can be observed among Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and Fatah activists, and these are deepening.
The new peak in this Palestinian unity is observed in mixed squads, as was the case when the IDF [Israel Defence Forces] hit five Palestinians in two separate incidents near Qabatiyah. In both squads, there were Hamas, and Islamic Jihad and Fatah activists.
It is possible that some Hamas and Islamic Jihad funds are now being diverted to Fatah activists.
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