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PFLP's armed wing threatens to assassinate Israeli MK in response to Acre violence

Oct. 14, 2008 10:14 A.M. (Updated: Oct. 14, 2008 10:14 A.M.)
Gaza - Ma'an - The Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades, the military wing of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) threatened on Tuesday to assassinate right-wing Israeli politician Avigdor Lieberman in retaliation for violence against Palestinian residents of the Israeli city of Acre.

Brigades spokesperson Abu Jamal vowed to make Lieberman's fate the same as that of Israeli Tourism Minister Rahavam Ze'evi, who was shot dead by a PFLP gunman in 2001 in retaliation for the assassination of the PFLP's leader, Abu Ali Mustafa.

Abu Jamal also issued a message of support for Palestinian citizens of Israel, especially those in the riot-plagued city of Acre. He said the Palestinian-Israeli truce in effect in the Gaza Strip would not stop his group from responding to the violence which he said was a part of a policy of expelling Palestinians from Israel.

Acre witnessed four days of rioting after Jewish youths stoned a Palestinian resident who drove through a Jewish neighborhood on the eve of the Jewish high holy day of Yom Kippur. Arab and jewish residents of the city clashed with each other and with police.

Lieberman, a hardline member of the Knesset who favors annexing the West Bank and Gaza to Israel, termed the riots a "pogrom" against Jews and the start of an "Intifada" inside Israel, using the Palestinian term for "uprising." Lieberman is also known for his support for the "transfer" or expulsion of Palestinians from Israeli-controlled areas.
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