“If I had the occasion to meet him (Giuliani), I would hurt him,” said Ramadan Adassi, chief of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades terrorist group in the West Bank’s Anskar refugee camp. “For the sake of the American people, Giuliani shouldn’t be elected. He is a disgusting guy and I think Americans must think very hard about their future and their soldiers who will be killed when they come to elect their leaders.”
Ala Senakreh, chief of the Brigades in the West Bank, is quoted in “Schmoozing” stating Giuliani “doesn’t deserve to live or even to be mentioned.”
“He wants war and he will most probably receive war. He hates Palestinians and we hate him. He hates Arafat and I tell him that it is Arafat who brought us to be very close to our independent state after decades during which Israel and your government did everything in order to prevent us from having our state,” Senakreh stated.
Multiple leaders of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades had harsh words for Giuliani, who in 1995 famously booted Arafat from an invitation-only concert at New York’s Lincoln Center celebrating the 50th anniversary of the United Nations.
Arafat attempted to crash the event, and when Giuliani saw the PLO leader and his entourage making their way to a private box seat near the stage, the mayor immediately ordered Arafat off the premises, calling him a murderer and a terrorist.
Giuliani is a candidate with some flaws, including his checkered personal life and a disturbing authoritarian streak. But his treatment of Arafat also shows that he’s not afraid to stand up for the truth and what’s right even when it puts him in the minority. I like that.