Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades denies
Bin Laden support, after PMW exposed it
by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik
Yesterday PMW reported that the military wing of Fatah, the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, published a long statement in reaction to the killing of Osama bin Laden calling it a "catastrophe," and saying that those who killed Bin Laden were "gangs of heretics." Fatah's military wing ended the statement with the following vow:
"We say to the American and Israeli occupier: the [Islamic] nation which produced leaders who changed the course of history through their Jihad... is capable of restoring the glory of Islam and the flag of Allah's oneness, Allah willing."
See full text below as it was reported by the Palestinian news agency Ma'an.
Today the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades issued a new statement, also reported by Ma'an, denying the first one:
Headline: "Spokesman for the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades denied publication of statement on the death of Sheikh bin Laden"
"Spokesman for the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, Abu Uday, denied that the Brigades had published an announcement concerning the death of Osama bin Laden. In a conversation with Ma'an agency, Abu Uday said: 'We did not adopt any position, nor do we wish to adopt a position on this issue. We concern ourselves with our own (Palestinian) cause and are not interested in branching off into controversial international issues, especially during this sensitive period.'
In response to an announcement published in Gaza in the name of the Al-Aqsa Brigades, Abu Uday said: 'We know nothing about this, and we do not know who it was that posed as the Brigades in order to publish this announcement in Gaza.'"
[Ma'an, May 4, 2011]
The following is the text of yesterday's statement by Fatah's Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades:
"The [military wing of Fatah] Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades announced the death of Sheikh Osama bin Laden (Abu Abdallah), and said that if bin Laden had indeed died as a Shahid (Martyr), this would not deter the resistance fighters from the path of Jihad against injustice, oppression and occupation in the world.
In their announcement, a copy of which reached MAAN [private Palestinian news agency], the [Al-Aqsa Martyrs'] Brigades said: 'The Islamic nation awoke to a catastrophe the reports of the Shahid - (Martyr-) death of the Sheikh, Jihad-fighter Osama bin Laden, in a treacherous manner, by the gangs of the heretics and those who stray.'
They continued: 'The path irrigated with the blood of its leaders is the path of victory, Allah willing. If Abu Abdallah [Bin Laden] was killed, then he merited the Shahada (Death for Allah) which he had sought, and inscribed with his blood the landmarks of Jihad, leaving behind an entire generation that follows the path of Sheikh Osama.'
They said: 'The military wings of the Jihad fighters in Palestine and outside of it, who have in the past lost many of their commanders and their men, will not stop. This has only strengthened their determination, their resolve and their loyalty to their Shahids (Martyrs), who have turned their words into a reality testifying to their honesty, and which in fact bolsters the drive and the strength of their brothers on the path to victory or Shahada (Death for Allah)'.
The announcement continued: 'We say to the American and Israeli occupier: the [Islamic] nation which produced leaders who changed the course of history through their Jihad and their endurance, is a nation that is capable of supplying an abundance of new blood into the arteries of the resistance and is capable of restoring the glory of Islam and the flag of Allah's oneness, Allah willing.'"
[Ma'an, May 3, 2011]