Mahmud Abas, a.k.a. Abu Mazan, Yasser Arafat's deputy in the PLO and one of the senior officials of the Palestinian Authority revealed the exploitation of children in the Gaza Strip by terrorist organizations. These children are paid to carry out terrorist attacks against Israel. Quoting from an interview with the Kuwaiti newspaper "Alzaman" on 20 June 2002, the Jordanian newspaper "Alrai" cited Abu Mazan as saying the following: "I am against little children going out to die. It is a terrible thing. At least 40 children in Rafah lost their arms from the throwing of Bangalore torpedos. They received 5 Shekels [approx. $US 1.00] in order to throw them. Who would be prepared for something like that to happen to his son or to his family. In the end there was an uproar regarding the 13 year old children sent to the settlement. Why is this done?"
They're Just Kids Throwing Stones
ZOA: - ZOA: Murder Of Alabama Professor By Rock-Throwers Shows Dangers Israelis Face
The Zionist Organization of America
Web Site: www.zoa.org
March 30, 1999
NEW YORK - The recent violence involving rock-throwers in Florida and New York, resulting in the death of a college professor and the severe wounding of a police officer, illustrate the dangers that Israelis face every day from Palestinian Arab rock-throwers, the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) has pointed out.
University of Alabama Professor Julie Laible, 32, was killed when a rock thrown from an overpass crashed through her car's windshield and struck her in the face on Interstate 75 near Tampa, Florida, on March 28, 1999. Meanwhile, on the Southern State Parkway in Long Island, New York, a New York City Police Department housing officer, Sgt. James McAleer, 41, was hospitalized in critical condition after a rock thrown at his car smashed through the windshield and struck him in the head, fracturing his skull, on March 26, 1999.
April 3, 1999, will mark the first anniversary of the Palestinian Arab rock-throwing attack, on a highway on the outskirts of Jerusalem, in which an elderly Israeli man, Eliezer Frankel, suffered permanent brain damage.
ZOA National President Morton A. Klein said: "Rock-throwing is not civil disobedience. It is ugly violence against human beings, pure and simple. We extend our deepest condolences to the family of Professor Laible, and we wish Sergeant McAleer a speedy recovery. We hope these tragedies will help the American public and media recognize the serious dangers that Israelis face every day from Palestinian Arab rock-throwers."
Three young men who threw rocks at cars on Washington, D.C.'s Capitol Beltway in 1990 were convicted of "assault with intent to maim" and "assault with intent to disable," and received prison terms of 38 to 40 years for their crimes.
The ZOA president pointed out that over the years, there have been tens of thousands of Arab rock-throwing attacks against Israelis, with thousands of Israelis injured, some of them permanently. In at least 8 instances, Israelis --or Arabs mistaken for Israelis-- have been killed in such assaults:
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