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A Dubious Retirement

I read reports recently of a former Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade militant opening a theatre in the West Bank, but until I saw who it was, didn't think much of it. Now that I've seen the pictures, I definitely think there's more to the story:

Palestinian former militant Zakariya Zubeidi, 31, is seen during a presentation of a 300-seat hall 'Freedom Theater' in the West Bank refugee camp of Jenin, Wednesday Jan 16, 2008. He once carried an assault rifle and planned attacks on Israelis. Now, the retired Palestinian militant breaks up fights between children in a theater that he helped establish in the West Bank town of Jenin. (AP Photo/Mohammed Ballas)

How long ago did he carry an assault rifle and plan attacks on Israel? As a hint, he refused to sign a pledge renouncing attacks against Israel when offered the chance—That should give you some idea of how committed to peace he really is. That pledge was repudiated a whopping 6 months ago.

Has he really renounced [Ed.:—Redundancy mode off. Coffee mode on.] all of his terror-supporting ways in a mere 6 months?

I'm skeptical, to say the least.
(AP Photo/Mohammed Ballas)

(AP Photo/Mohammed Ballas)

(AP Photo/Mohammed Ballas)

Notice how laughable the caption is, by the way. The Associated Press really is going out of their way to try and make him seem like an average guy, completely ignoring the fact that he was essentially a ruthless killer for at least the past 15 years.

... The new role brings Zakariya Zubeidi full circle. As a child he was a founder-member of a children's theater group run by an Israeli woman seeking to promote Jewish-Arab coexistence. As he grew up, he became a gunman during years of fighting between Israelis and Palestinians and rose to become the head of the Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades militant group in his home town. (AP Photo/Mohammed Ballas)

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#1 soccer dad 17-Jan-2008
Well, of course he's an average guy: for a member of a terrorist organization.

I'm impressed, most media folks have a memory of about a week. Glad to see that you remember a name for quite a bit longer. (That's why you're not a media guy.)

Some other interesting bits: He had an Israeli girlfriend. And perhaps this change isn't so surprising, [url=]he has a history of supporting "moderates."[url] (Or at least moderate Holocaust deniers.)
#2 Brian C. Ledbetter 17-Jan-2008
Like I said yesterday, I'm fairly obsessed with imagery. Especially when it comes to picking a face out of a crowd. I'm just a dummy with everything [i]else[/i]. Like math. Or, apparently, commenting on my own blog. (Distracted by actual work over here... heh!)

Here's a fixed version of your second link. Looks like you missed on your /url tag. D'oh!

#3 soccer dad 17-Jan-2008
Thanks for fixing the link. I'm handier with HTML than with BB Code.

Personnally I prefer it when Israel presents these guys with a Hellfire missile on occasion of their retirement. (Or maybe it's the cause of their retirement.)
#4 Yiddish Steel 18-Jan-2008
Once all the douche bags from the world's parrot press corps are gone, and the children are usered out of the theater, i'll bet this douche bag Jihadi scum-bag shows Pali-wood crap like "Paradise Now", "A Mighty Heart", and "The Kingdom".
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