The Aksa Martyrs Brigades, the military wing of Fatah, on Tuesday lamented the
killing of Osama bin Laden as a “catastrophe” and decried the US soldiers who
committed it as “a gang of heretics.”
“The Islamic nation awoke to a
catastrophe, the reports of the shahid [martyr’s] death of the sheikh, jihad
fighter Osama bin Laden, in a treacherous manner, by the gangs of the heretics
and those who stray,” the Aksa Martyrs Brigades said in a statement.
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bin Laden had indeed died as a shahid, this would not deter the resistance
fighters from the path of jihad against injustice, oppression and occupation in
The Palestinian news agency Ma’an later released an English
translation of the five-paragraph statement that the organization Palestinian
Media Watch said differed dramatically from the Arabic original. The
translation, PMW said, “hides the Fatah military wing's concluding message about
seeking Islamic dominance, and replaces it with a message of ‘peace.’”
Tuesday evening, Ma’an reported that a spokesman for the Aksa Martyrs Brigades
denied issuing the statement, and said it had no plans to comment because bin
Laden’s death was unrelated to the Palestinian issue. The original Arabic text
was no longer available on the news agency’s website.
PMW said the news
agency had removed the segment saying the Islamic nation 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
Ma’an’s English translation read: “We are ready to sacrifice
our lives to bring back peace,” but according to PMW, in the Arabic statement
the word “peace” did not appear.
In the translation provided by the press
monitoring organization, the statement says: “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 martyrdom 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, 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 martyrdom.
“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,” Aksa Martyrs Brigades’
A poll released this week by the USbased Pew
Research Center showed bin Laden as largely discredited among predominantly
Muslim nations in recent years. But among the seven Muslim populations studied,
support for the terrorist leader was highest – 34 percent - in the Palestinian