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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

"Israel military says airstrike kills Gaza militant", by Ibrahim Barzak, Associated Press, November 3, 2010

"Israeli army claims responsibility for Gaza assassination", Xinhua, November 4, 2010

"IDF Implies, Then Retracts That U.S. Approved Gaza Hit", November 4, 2010

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