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BBC journo freed; Hamas scores July 4, 2007

Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Event, Human Rights, International, Note2Self, Politics.

The most fantastic news in a long while.

GAZA,: Alan Johnston, the BBC Gaza correspondent who was kidnapped on March 12, was freed early Wednesday and is now in Israel, preparing to fly home to Great Britain. (con’t in IHT)

This is the second ‘goal’ by Hamas in past weeks, the first being an op-ed by Ahmed Yousef in New York Times end June.

Mr Johnston said Hamas’s seizure of power in Gaza and its subsequent pledge to improve security in the territory had facilitated his release.

“The kidnappers seemed very comfortable and very secure in their operation until… a few weeks ago, when Hamas took charge of the security operation here,” he said. (BBC)

This makes yesterday’s announcement by the Palestinian officials said only Palestinian Authority civil servants and security force members loyal to the new emergency government appointed by President Mahmoud Abbas of Fatah (with new backer – Olmert) would receive a full monthly salary (released from the Palestinian funds/aid) look kinda cheap.

Your move, EU/Fatah.



1. wits0 - July 4, 2007

Hamas pulled off a propaganda coup and Alan(BBC pro Arab)Johnson has duly warmly praised Hamas for getting him out. Now Hamas becomes the good guys. Fatah gets to look like the bad.

If someone rob you of 10 bucks than returned you two, would you have to be grateful?

EU is the dog wagged by thugs holding its (oil) tail. Frankly, EW, imo, Johnson is a tool and he got himself into trouble despite his BBC bias. That was irony enough.

2. monsterball - July 5, 2007

Whatever it is …it is good news.for lucky Johnson and I am sure his family is most thrilled. Few more were presumed dead…and if Johnson is alive…then those thought dead maybe alive too.

3. praveen r. - July 5, 2007

Hi there

Sorry for ging off topic

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