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Hamas angry over footwear faux pas [Hamas leader's shoes stolen during prayers]
Jerusalem Post ^ | 7-17-07 | KHALED ABU TOAMEH

Posted on 07/23/2007 8:50:08 AM PDT by SJackson

Who stole the shoes of Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh while he was attending Friday prayers in Gaza City?

This is the question that Hamas's security apparatus has been trying to answer since last Friday.

The incident has embarrassed Hamas, whose leaders tried on Sunday to play down the case by claiming that the theft was the work of a child.

Hamas officials in the Gaza Strip accused Fatah leaders in Ramallah of exploiting the incident to defame Haniyeh.

The shoes were stolen after Haniyeh and his entourage arrived at a mosque in Gaza City for Friday prayers. Ever since he was appointed prime minister, Haniyeh has been delivering Friday sermons in various mosques in the Gaza Strip. In line with Islamic tradition, worshipers are required to take off their shoes upon entering mosques.

Following the prayer, Haniyeh discovered that his shoes were missing. His nervous bodyguard immediately began searching for the missing shoes and all worshipers were required to remain inside the mosque until the search was over.

"It was a very embarrassing situation," said a Palestinian journalist who was present at the scene. "Hamas sent reinforcements to the area and a frantic search for the shoes began."

The shoes were discovered minutes later in the possession of a Palestinian child who admitted that he had stolen them, a Hamas official in the Gaza Strip told The Jerusalem Post.

"The kid did not even know that the shoes belonged to the prime minister," he said. "He saw shining and neat shoes and decided to take them."

According to the official, the boy was released immediately without punishment. "We didn't take the case seriously because this is not the first time children have stolen shoes of worshipers during the prayers," he said.

Asked if Haniyeh's shoes were expensive, the official said: "These are cheap shoes made in Egypt. I don't think the boy stole them because they looked expensive. He simply saw neat shoes and decided to take them. Haniyeh does not wear Armani suits and Italian-made shoes."

Another Hamas official told the Post he did not rule out the possibility that Fatah activists were behind the theft.

"These Fatah people are doing their utmost to discredit Hamas," he said. "It's possible that the boy was sent by some Fatah activists to steal the shoes to embarrass Hamas. But for us this is not a big issue and we have nothing to hide. Haniyeh's shoes were stolen while he was praying inside a mosque and not while he was swimming on the beach of Tel Aviv or eating in a fancy restaurant with Condoleezza Rice."


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1 posted on 07/23/2007 8:50:13 AM PDT by SJackson
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To: SJackson

Naughty fetishists.


2 posted on 07/23/2007 8:51:04 AM PDT by SolidWood (UN delenda est.)
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By mid-week it will be discovered to have been a Zionist plot to introduce poison through the foot.

3 posted on 07/23/2007 8:54:34 AM PDT by SJackson (isolationism never was, never will be acceptable response to[expansionist] tyrannical governments)
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To: SolidWood
The shoes were discovered minutes later in the possession of a Palestinian child who admitted that he had stolen them

Another poor kid who will soon be missing his right hand and treated like an untouchable for the rest of his life.

4 posted on 07/23/2007 8:54:37 AM PDT by Dixie Yooper (Ephesians 6:11)
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To: SJackson
Haniyeh's shoes were stolen while he was praying inside a mosque and not while he was swimming on the beach of Tel Aviv or eating in a fancy restaurant with Condoleezza Rice."

Mossad?........

5 posted on 07/23/2007 8:55:01 AM PDT by Red Badger (No wonder Mexico is so filthy. Everybody who does cleaning jobs is HERE!.......)
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To: SJackson

I was SURE this wasn’t satire . . . and then I got to the final line.


6 posted on 07/23/2007 8:56:45 AM PDT by Xenalyte (Lord, I apologize . . . and be with the starving pygmies in New Guinea amen.)
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To: SJackson

The shoes were stolen to install poison absorbable through the soles of the feet. The job didn’t get done in time.

Maybe next time.


7 posted on 07/23/2007 8:56:56 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . Happiness is a down sleeping bag)
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To: SJackson

Putting dor, or pig, crap in the shoe would be more fitting..


8 posted on 07/23/2007 8:57:04 AM PDT by N3WBI3 (Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak....)
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To: SJackson

They may want to check the heels of those shoes to see what recent “additions or modificatins” might have taken place. A little C4 courtesy of Hamas? A little GPS transmitter courtesy of the Mossad? Who knows?


9 posted on 07/23/2007 9:02:52 AM PDT by blau993
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10 posted on 07/23/2007 9:04:48 AM PDT by Alouette (Vicious Babushka)
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To: Xenalyte
I was SURE this wasn’t satire . . . and then I got to the final line.

It's not satire. Haniyeh is taking a shot at Abbas with that line.

11 posted on 07/23/2007 9:05:16 AM PDT by SJackson (isolationism never was, never will be acceptable response to[expansionist] tyrannical governments)
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To: SolidWood

Fake god, false prophet, Islam is a colossal waste of time. So they squander time praying to their fraudulent allah and cultist honcho gets robbed of his shoes


12 posted on 07/23/2007 9:08:24 AM PDT by dennisw
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To: SJackson

Check eBay.


13 posted on 07/23/2007 9:10:08 AM PDT by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade. There are only 2 sides. Pick one.)
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I like how they sent in reinforcements to find the shoes. Must have been some of those really high priced Nikes or something. Maybe Mike Vick endorsed product.


14 posted on 07/23/2007 9:12:36 AM PDT by doodad
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Same dude that stole President Bush’s watch?


15 posted on 07/23/2007 9:19:29 AM PDT by DaveLoneRanger (As He died to make men holy, let us die to make men free.)
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...there's a whole lotta stealin' goin' on. :)
16 posted on 07/23/2007 9:47:20 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass ( just b/c, you suffer from paranoia, doesn't mean they're not out to get you....Run, Fred, Run :^)
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To: SJackson

No respect, I tell ya - no respect at all!
17 posted on 07/23/2007 10:14:36 AM PDT by Semper Vigilantis (They're not people, they're HIPPIES! ~ Eric Cartman)
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To: SJackson

I smell a footwear fatwa....


18 posted on 07/23/2007 10:15:31 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Did Dennis Kucinich always look like that or did he have to submit to a series of shots? [firehat])
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To: SJackson
Care to borrow a pair from this guy?
19 posted on 07/23/2007 10:39:22 AM PDT by tflabo
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To: SJackson

The Mossad probably planted a chip.

20 posted on 07/23/2007 12:05:37 PM PDT by COUNTrecount
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