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Nasrallah, Palestinian Hero

Much has been made by Hamas and Hizballah of "women and children" in Israeli prisons, playing disingenuously to international sensibilities seeking Israeli condemnation. Below, calculate for yourself the age of Abu Omar's son when he joined the PFLP and note the heroic status which Shi'ite terrorist leader Hassan Nasrallah has been anointed with by the largely Sunni Palestinian public, at least those the Haaretz journalist has come into contact with. From Haaretz:

Abu Omar's neighbors in the market next to the Damascus Gate in East Jerusalem say they haven't seen him this happy in a long time. His eldest son, Omar, about to complete his high-school studies, joined an underground cell of the Popular Front three years ago. According to the charge sheet drawn up against him, he and his fellow movement members were planning to carry out a terrorist attack in Jerusalem. Somebody turned informer, and Omar was arrested. He is now awaiting trial - a trial that is taking time to get under way.

Abu Omar has been running around for the past two years between police officers and lawyers, and even asked this journalist for help in devising a plea bargain, so that his son will not sit for a prolonged perid [sic] in prison. Now, for the first time, there is a glimmer of hope for him: Sheik Hassan Nasrallah will bring about his son's release.

The clear impression that one gets from the mood in the street is that Nasrallah is now the unchallenged hero of the Palestinians. He is running a one-man show. Unlike the gaggle of Palestinian leaders - Mahmoud Abbas, Ismail Haniyeh, Khaled Meshal, Mahmoud al-Zahar, Mohammed Dahlan and many others - who compete with, gossip about and plot against one another, Nasrallah is serving in all of the posts: president, prime minister, foreign minister, ideologue. He has no competitors; he is the sole spokesman. In a brilliant move - according to the Damascus Gate pundits - he has succeeded not only in kidnapping the Israeli soldiers, but even more importantly, he "kidnapped" the entire Palestinian problem and wrested control over it.