Israel => Save Israel => Topic started by: habiru on August 31, 2006, 09:43:53 PM

Title: what to make of this?
Post by: habiru on August 31, 2006, 09:43:53 PM
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli police commandos stormed the British Embassy late Thursday and captured a Palestinian man holed up inside. There were no reports of injuries.

The man had burst into the embassy several hours earlier, demanding political asylum.

After capturing the man, Israeli police said he was wielding a plastic gun. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld earlier had said the man was armed with a pistol. (Watch Israeli soldiers storm a garage and apprehend the man -- 1:54)

Embassy spokeswoman Karen Kaufman confirmed the man was arrested. "As far as the embassy is concerned, the event is over," she said.

The man burst into the embassy earlier Thursday demanding political asylum, saying in a dramatic interview on live television that he would rather die than return to the West Bank.

Nadim Injaz, 28, a resident of the West Bank city of Ramallah and suspected informer for the Israeli security services, infiltrated the embassy in Tel Aviv by jumping a fence. He remained inside the compound for several hours.

He said he was demanding asylum, fearing Palestinian militants will kill him, and threatened to commit suicide.

"They will either take me out of here to Europe, or as a body," Injaz, speaking Hebrew, told Channel 2 television. He said he was forced to take the dramatic step after Israeli authorities rebuffed repeated demands for help. "If no one comes to help me soon to save my life, I will finish myself here."

Injaz said militants in the West Bank told him that he would only be allowed to return to Ramallah if he carried out a suicide bombing. He said he chose this path instead.

"I don't want to kill children," he said in tears in a separate television interview with Channel 10 TV. "I want to be taken from here, I don't want to be here."

Anti-terrorist units surrounded the site.

The embassy, on the Tel Aviv seafront, is ringed by a fence, and visitors are normally screened by security guards at the gate. Police officials said Injaz managed to jump the fence of the compound but was stopped by security before he could enter the building.

Embassy spokeswoman Karen Kaufman said an investigation would be launched into how the man breached security.

Police officials said Injaz was apparently a Palestinian informer for Israeli security services and had encountered financial and legal troubles. Injaz said he has petitioned Israeli courts and contacted local media and human rights groups to win residency rights in Israel.

Injaz said he would be killed if forced to return to Ramallah because he had collaborated with Israel, police officials said.

Injaz initially positioned himself inside the parking lot of the embassy.
Title: Re: what to make of this?
Post by: Shlomo on September 01, 2006, 02:12:09 AM
Do you have a link?
Title: Re: what to make of this?
Post by: rebel_conservative on September 01, 2006, 12:08:45 PM
Title: Re: what to make of this?
Post by: Shlomo on September 01, 2006, 01:25:34 PM
I don't know what to make of it... but it sure sounds like that guy knew something, eh? lol

Good post.