Osama bin Laden Divides Palestinians

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Osama bin Laden is a hero to some Palestinians, but his support could discredit their cause with the West and moderate Muslims. Yasser Arafat has positioned himself on the side of the US in the war against terrorism hoping for American support in creating a Palestinian state. But his crackdown on pro-bin Laden anti-American protesters has created a backlash from Hamas, the fundamentalist group that could be a threat to Arafat's position of power. We hear about the issues dividing Palestinians from Hamas, the Palestinian Authority, and Palestinian human rights, policy and development organizations.
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention



The Jerusalem Fund

Palestine and the Palestinians

Palestinian Authority

Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research

Palestinian Centre for Human Rights

Palestinian National Authority



Warren Olney