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Sunday, May 30, 2010

"Collaborator" proud to have saved Israeli lives

From the BBC:
For a man who knows that he would face almost certain death if he ever returned home, Mohammad Saad appears remarkably at ease and sanguine about his predicament.

Mr Saad is among perhaps the most reviled class of person in Palestinian society - someone who has given or sold information to Israel.

In a frank and remarkably open interview, Mr Saad has told the BBC why he betrayed his own people and why, he thinks, he now deserves more protection and help from the Israeli state.

Mr Saad says that he infiltrated Palestinian militant groups and claims to have saved many lives.

Originally from the West Bank town of Hebron, he now sits in a cramped lawyer's office in Tel Aviv as he tries to forge a new life in Israel.
'Saved lives'

Mohammad says that for nine years in the 80s and 90s he infiltrated the Palestinian militant group, Tanzim, in Hebron.

Armed with a tape recorder, given to him by his Israeli handler, he says he helped stop attacks on Israeli civilian and military targets.

"I saved lives," says the 41-year-old father of three children.

"The Israeli agent didn't believe me at first but then I infiltrated the militants with a tape recorder on my body and recorded their plans to attack Jewish settlers. I didn't do it for money, I did it because we are all Israelis and it is wrong to kill."

Few Palestinians will have any sympathy with Mr Saad.

To them he is a traitor who took money to betray his own people.
And to them the terrorists who target Jewish children are heroes. Two sides of the same coin.

(h/t aparatchik)