January 01, 2007

Palestinians mourn Saddam's execution

Saddam Hussein was mourned by Palestinians Saturday as a generous patron who remained one of their staunchest allies. Palestinians in Bethlehem opened a "house of condolence," where dozens of people gathered to mourn the executed dictator. At a parade in his honor in Gaza, Palestinians displayed a poster with his image next to that of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. During the first Gulf War in 1991, Saddam attacked Israel with Scud missiles as Palestinians chanted: "Beloved Saddam, strike Tel Aviv." Clearly, the Palestinians miss their great benefactor, Saddam Hussein, because he rewarded every Palestinian who killed a Jew with a $25,000 check.