Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigade Meets the TWU

Who would have guessed--it turns out that all the Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades and their friends want is a little job security.

Why don't they just unionize?

Yahoo! carries the story "Gunmen Briefly Seize Bethlehem's City Hall". (Thus far, Yahoo has not identified these gunmen as Israeli, but you never know) So what was the reason for Palestinian "gunmen" to seize the area this time of year?

Gunmen, some linked to the ruling Fatah Party of Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, want him to carry out his promise to give them government jobs.

...The gunmen suddenly appeared on the roof of the town hall in the morning. Hundreds of Palestinian police rushed to Manger Square. Onlookers in the square, braving a light drizzle, watched the drama — and the gunmen pointed their weapons toward the crowd.

After about an hour, the gunmen met with the governor of Bethlehem, Salah Taameri, and then walked out of the building.The proximity to the holy site sent waves of anxiety through church officials, and as a precaution, they closed the ancient shrine for several hours. Security officers posted inside the church were told to leave, and the doors to the building were closed.
Palestinian Arabs seem to be taking their cue from others:

o Sharon starts Kadima--so Barghouti threatens to file his own list of candidates.
o Families sue PA for murder of their relatives--so Palestinians sue Shin Bet director Avi Dichter
o TWU strikes in NY--so Palestinian gunmen "protest" that they want jobs.

Of course, if they are going to emulate others, why couldn't the Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades and others just learn the time-honored art of striking and do things the right way?

Perhaps then, we might potentially have headlines like "Palestinian Union Workers Go On Strike" instead of the more common headlines of the past such as "Palestinians Strike Israeli Targets in Gaza with Mortar, Light Arms"

Crossposted at Israpundit

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