MER FLASHBACK - It was some years ago that MER first began alerting about the CIA's
growing involvement with the Arafat Regime, long before the subject started being
generally known and discussed. This is one of several early articles on the subject:
" ARAFAT'S 'SPOOKY
CIA and SHINBET in Gaza
MER - 22 January 1997: "Colonel Rajoub is head of the Palestinian Preventive
SecurityApparatus, and today he works with Shin Bet... It is a delicatesubject for both
sides and the veil is lifted only rarely. But onJanuary 1, when a settler fired randomly
at Palestinians inHebron, Col. Rajoub (Palestinian intelligence chief) and AmiAyalon, the
Shin Bet chief, appeared together in public toimpose a curfew and prevent disaster for the
town -- and thepeace agreement."
"'Fateh people say cynically that this might be the only reallysuccessful part of
the relationship with the Israelis,' said Ghassan al-Khatib, a Palestinian analyst."
"CIA training teams from the United States are operating inGaza, while Canada has
supplied communications and surveillance equipment and computers to the Palestinian
agency... The European Union recently sent a mission to assess how it too could
>From Ian Black in THE GUARDIAN, 1/22/97.