Israel Radio reported today that Israeli security sources say Palestinian Arabs living in Bethlehem and Beit Jalah are so frustrated with the reign of terror they are subjected to by Yasser Arafat’s Fatah Tanzim that they are providing Israel with information so that they might be stopped from attacking Israel.

The Palestinians are not just concerned about the return fire that Tanzim attacks draw to Palestinian neighborhoods, they also complain of Tanzim violence against their own community.

Recently a local Palestinian girl was raped by Tanzim members in the Tanzim’ s club in Beit Jalah. The girl’s family slaughtered her since the rape defamed the family. No action was taken against the rapists.

The report also noted that Tanzim collects protection money from local businesses. They also get payments from the PA for attacks against Israeli targets. The reporter observed that while Arafat may not be able to instantly halt Tanzim attacks, his control on the purse strings that PAY for the attacks enable him to put a halt on the action within a short period of time if he wants to.

Dr. Aaron Lerner, Director
IMRA (Independent Media Review & Analysis)

This appeared on the May 16th, 2001 internet edition of “IMRA” at