"If Saving Lives Means I'm a Traitor, So Be It"

(Jerusalem Post) Khaled Abu Toameh - Yunis Owaidah, 63, is probably the only Palestinian who's not afraid to admit that he is a "collaborator" with Israel. Thousands of Palestinians who have made similar confessions over the past three decades have been either killed or ostracized by their families and communities. In the early 1970s Owaidah helped thwart rocket attacks on the King David Hotel and the Western Wall. "The Palestinians were then planning to fire rockets at the King David to kill Kissinger, who was staying there," he said. "The other rockets were supposed to hit the Western Wall. The rockets could have easily landed on the Aksa Mosque, killing many Arabs." "When the Jews came to Jerusalem [in 1967], I saw how they were treating the people in a humane way," he said. "By comparison, we had been oppressed by the Jordanians when they were here." "Look how the Jews have built a modern and democratic state, and look where the Arabs still are."

2004-09-24 00:00:00

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