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Israeli Murders of Al-Nemnem and Rafik Hariri

November 7, 2010


Palestinians carry the coffin of Mohammed Jamil al-Nemnem during his funeral in Gaza City.

The Israeli military's murder of the Palestinian resistance fighter Mohammed Al-Nemnem on November 3 in Gaza City is very similar to the targeted killing of the Lebanese leader Rafik Hariri in February 2005.  Al-Nemnem, a 27-year-old leader of the Army of Islam, was killed in an Israeli missile airstrike on his car in the Gaza Strip, which is exactly how I believe Hariri was killed.

On November 4, the International Herald Tribune report of the murder of Al-Nemnem was placed directly above a report about the U.N.'s Hariri tribunal.  I was struck by the placement of these related articles.  While the murder of Hariri is not yet solved, I have always been of the opinion that he was killed in the same way that Al-Nemnem was killed.  The only difference is that Hariri (and 20 other Lebanese) was killed with an air-launched missile that carried a larger explosive payload with a delayed fuse, which caused a crater in the street.  The method of the two murders is exactly the same - a missile fired at a targeted car from an airborne drone.  It is the preferred method of murder being used by the U.S. CIA on a daily basis in Pakistan.


The destroyed car of Al-Nemnem in Gaza City on November 3, 2010

Sources and Recommended Reading:

Bollyn, Christoher, "Syria Wrongly Blamed for Hariri Murder", September 9, 2010
http://www.bollyn.com/syria-wrongly-blamed-for-hariri-murder

"Israel military says airstrike kills Gaza militant", by Ibrahim Barzak, Associated Press, November 3, 2010
http://www.kansascity.com/2010/11/03/2386645/hamas-says-car-explodes-in-gaza.html

"Israeli army claims responsibility for Gaza assassination", Xinhua, November 4, 2010
http://world.globaltimes.cn/mid-east/2010-11/589402.html

"IDF Implies, Then Retracts That U.S. Approved Gaza Hit", November 4, 2010
http://www.richardsilverstein.com/tikun_olam/tag/nemnem/
 


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