Palestinians Upset by death of Tom Fox


Jersay
#1
JAYYUS, West Bank (AP) - Palestinians throughout the West Bank expressed sorrow Saturday over the killing of American Tom Fox, 54, who had travelled to the West Bank to protest for their cause before he was taken hostage in Iraq.

Fox's body was found shot in the head and chest Thursday near a Baghdad railway station. He had worked with Christian Peacemaker Teams in the Palestinian areas before he began work with the group in Iraq.

Fox, from Clear Brook, Virginia, had demonstrated in the West Bank town of Jayyus against Israel's construction of a separation barrier with the Palestinians and he helped Palestinians pick olives, local Palestinians said.

"Tom used to sit in front of the (Israeli) bulldozers to block them," said Jayyus' mayor, Shawka Shamha. "Hearing news that he was killed makes me very sad."

Sharif Omar also from Jayyus said that Fox lived at his brother's house for three months while local Palestinians and foreign activists protested against the construction of the barrier.

"I'm very sorry to hear that he has been killed," Omar said.

Palestinians in the West Bank city of Hebron also remembered Fox. Neither Fox nor the Briton and two Canadians taken hostage with him deserved to die, said Hisham Sharabati, a human rights activist who met Fox.

"I'm calling for the kidnappers to release the other hostages," Sharabati said. "This killing harmed the Palestinian and Iraqi causes because the hostages were working for peace."

The two Canadians - James Loney and Harmeet Singh Sooden - also worked in the Palestinian areas.

When the four were taken hostage in November last year, the Palestinians' top Muslim clergyman, Mufti Ikrema Sabri, called for their immediate release.
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FiveParadox
#2
It is refreshing to see the human side of Palestinians and Muslims publicised.

I certainly hope that our Canadian citizens, and the British citizen are released post-haste; it also saddens me to know that Mr. Fox was murdered. I certainly hope that whoever is responsible for this is brought to justice.
 
Jersay
#3
Agreed with both points that you have brought up Five.
 
Johnny Utah
#4
Tom Fox was killed because he was an American, hopefully the other captives will be released and not suffer mr Fox's fate.
 
Jersay
#5
Quote:

Tom Fox was killed because he was an American, hopefully the other captives will be released and not suffer mr Fox's fate.

That could possibly be true, but than that means that Mr. Norman Kember will be killed as well because he is british.

With the death of Mr. Fox I don't hold out too much hope for the other three.
 
Johnny Utah
#6
Quote: Originally Posted by Jersay

Quote:

Tom Fox was killed because he was an American, hopefully the other captives will be released and not suffer mr Fox's fate.

That could possibly be true, but than that means that Mr. Norman Kember will be killed as well because he is british.

With the death of Mr. Fox I don't hold out too much hope for the other three.

It seems whoever is holding the other captives are trying to make a name for themselves yet with most of the Muslim World demanding the release of these hostages and what seems to be outrage at the murder of Tom Fox the whole deal of this kidnapping has back fired on the hostage takers. The same could be said for the hostage takers of American Jill Carroll.
 
Jersay
#7
Quote:

It seems whoever is holding the other captives are trying to make a name for themselves yet with most of the Muslim World demanding the release of these hostages and what seems to be outrage at the murder of Tom Fox the whole deal of this kidnapping has back fired on the hostage takers. The same could be said for the hostage takers of American Jill Carroll.

Agreed but that means that these insurgents have nothing to loose.
 

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