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Humanizing the Unhuman

Here's a touching tribute to Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, courtesy their admirers in the Associated Press.

Palestinian Zakareia Zubaidi, a local leader of Al-Aqsa martyrs brigades, poses for a picture in an undisclosed location in the West Bank town of Jenin Saturday July, 14 2007. Scores of Fatah militants in the West Bank have signed a pledge renouncing attacks against Israel in return for an Israeli promise to stop pursuing them, a Palestinian security official said. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)


There's no doubt that these journalists have known the identities of this Al-Aqsa cell for quite a long time. Heck, Emilio was even kidnapped by them, yet remained in the area. Does that tell you anything?

Update: The AP has added a second glowing series to its portfolio. One wonders if they're charging Al-Aqsa for their professional portraiture services:

Abu Qassam, a militant from the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, a militia linked to the Fatah movement, sits with one of his children at his home in the West Bank refugee camp of Jenin, Monday, July 16, 2007. Abu Qassam is not one of the many Fatah militants in the West Bank that signed a pledge renouncing attacks against Israel in return for an Israeli promise to stop pursuing them, a Palestinian security official said. Sunday, July 15, 2007. (AP Photo/Mohammed Ballas)


Abu Qassam, of course, is a nom de guerre, not to be confused with an actual identity. His continued avowal to destroy Israel just might have something to do with his reluctance to identify himself. I suppose that this is Mohammed Ballas the terror supporter's preferred method of being "fair and balanced"—After presenting someone who pretends to stop killing Jews, he felt compelled to show someone who still openly aids and abets Israel's destruction. You've gotta admire that good ol' impartiality, huh?

As always, the rest of this photographic adventure can be found beyond the fold.

See-Also:

Hamas Responds, LGF, The Jawa Report, American Pundit
Palestinian Zakareia Zubaidi, a local leader of Al-Aqsa martyrs brigades, smiles as he holds his daughter in an undisclosed location in the West Bank town of Jenin Saturday July, 14 2007. Scores of Fatah militants in the West Bank have signed a pledge renouncing attacks against Israel in return for an Israeli promise to stop pursuing them, a Palestinian security official said. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)


Palestinian Zakareia Zubaidi, a local leader of Al-Aqsa martyrs brigades, talks to a colleague in the West Bank town of Jenin, Sunday, July 15, 2007. Scores of Fatah militants in the West Bank have signed a pledge renouncing attacks against Israel in return for an Israeli promise to stop pursuing them, a Palestinian security official said. (AP Photo/Mohammed Ballas)


Palestinian militants from Al-Aqsa martyrs brigades, a militia linked to the Fatah movement, read a newspaper in the West Bank town of Jenin, Sunday, July 15, 2007. Scores of Fatah militants in the West Bank have signed a pledge renouncing attacks against Israel in return for an Israeli promise to stop pursuing them, a Palestinian security official said. (AP Photo/Mohammed Ballas)


Palestinian militant Bassam Abu Serayeh, 32, from the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, a group linked to the Fatah Movement, walks with his daughter Heba, 3, in the West Bank city of Nablus Sunday, July 15, 2007. Scores of Fatah militants in the West Bank have signed a pledge renouncing attacks against Israel in return for an Israeli promise to stop pursuing them, a Palestinian security official said Sunday. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)


Palestinian militants from Al-Aqsa martyrs brigades, a militia linked to the Fatah movement, look at a list of Fatah militants who are given a pardon by the Israeli authorities in the West Bank town of Jenin, Sunday, July 15, 2007. Scores of Fatah militants in the West Bank have signed a pledge renouncing attacks against Israel in return for an Israeli promise to stop pursuing them, a Palestinian security official said. (AP Photo/Mohammed Ballas)


Palestinian militants from the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, a group linked to the Fatah Movement, walk in a street at the Old City of the West Bank city of Nablus Sunday July, 15, 2007. Scores of Fatah militants in the West Bank have signed a pledge renouncing attacks against Israel in return for an Israeli promise to stop pursuing them, a Palestinian security official said Sunday. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)


Palestinian militants Bassem, 32, and Alaa Hamuda, 22, from the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, a group linked to the Fatah Movement, light a cigarette as they walk in the Old City of the West Bank city of Nablus Sunday 15 July 2007. Scores of Fatah militants in the West Bank have signed a pledge renouncing attacks against Israel in return for an Israeli promise to stop pursuing them, a Palestinian security official said Sunday. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)


Abu Qassam, a militant from the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, a militia linked to the Fatah movement, sits with his children at his home in the West Bank refugee camp of Jenin, Monday, July 16, 2007. Abu Qassam is not one of the many Fatah militants in the West Bank that signed a pledge renouncing attacks against Israel in return for an Israeli promise to stop pursuing them, a Palestinian security official said, Sunday, July 15. (AP Photo/Mohammed Ballas)


Abu Qassam, a militant from the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, a militia linked to the Fatah movement, looks at a poster showing him and other members of the group at his home in the West Bank refugee camp of Jenin, Monday, July 16, 2007. Abu Qassam is not one of the many Fatah militants in the West Bank that signed a pledge renouncing attacks against Israel in return for an Israeli promise to stop pursuing them, a Palestinian security official said. Sunday, July 15, 2007. (AP Photo/Mohammed Ballas)


Abu Qassam, a militant from the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, a militia linked to the Fatah movement, carries his daughter and his rifle in the West Bank refugee camp of Jenin, Monday, July 16, 2007. Abu Qassam is not one of the many Fatah militants in the West Bank that signed a pledge renouncing attacks against Israel in return for an Israeli promise to stop pursuing them, a Palestinian security official said. Sunday, July 15, 2007. (AP Photo/Mohammed Ballas)

 Tags: al aqsa emilio morenatti mohammed ballas AP Intifada


Comments:

#1 The Jawa Report 16-Jul-2007
I hate to admit it, but I certainly like the terrorists in the al Aqsa martyr's brigades better than the terrorists in Hamas or al Qaeda in Palestine. Apparently, so does the AP....
#2 captainfish 17-Jul-2007
That guy on the couch sure looks like the guy with the gun in the COWARD post you first linked to.

Which would only heighten the confirmation that these guys are overly embedded.

I know they would say that they have to win their trust in order to report on their actions, but... how many times have you seen a wildlife documentary where the "reporter" is embedded within the pack of predators? VERY VERY FEW. I can only think of a very small number. The latest is where they guy took numerous approaches before a lion pack would tolerate his presence. But still, you knew that those lions would turn on that guy in a split second if they felt any inkling of "not right" from him.

Sad to say, these reporters refuse to recognize the same from the people they report on.
#3 Brian C. Ledbetter 18-Jul-2007
Cap'n,

You're absolutely right—there are a number of faces in this series that are [i]very[/i] familiar to me. Unfortunately, I haven't had the time to go back into the archives and match them all up yet. I didn't notice the guy on the couch, though. Good job on finding that!

I definitely question the wisdom of allowing reporters to befriend guerilla forces. Nothing good can come out of that, and no editor worth his salt should allow stories published and pushed by such insurgents to be printed in any news organisation of record.

Regards,
Brian
#4 Brian C. Ledbetter 18-Jul-2007
Cap'n,

Specifically, here's the match that I think you're trying to point out:

Guy in green on the right:



Guy with the gun:



Seems like a match to me (pay particular attention to the ears), but without higher-resolution photos, it's not 100% conclusive.

Here's another guy that is [i]definitely[/i] elsewhere in my archives. If I run across the original, I'll be sure to post it here:

Guy on right:



Regards,
Brian
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