Terrorists Call Paul McCartney Death Threats Bogus

Wed Sep 17, 2008 2:17pm EDT

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JERUSALEM, Sept. 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- There is no credible threat
against Paul McCartney ahead of his concert this month in Tel Aviv, according
to Aaron Klein, a terrorism expert and author who called Palestinian
terrorists about the former Beatle.

An Islamic militant leader in Lebanon had warned McCartney could be the target
of a suicide bombing unless he canceled his first concert in Israel, scheduled
for Sept. 25, Britain's Sunday Express reported this weekend.

But Klein, WorldNetDaily's Jerusalem bureau chief and author of the book,
Schmoozing with Terrorists, said in response to the threat he called senior
leaders from every major Palestinian terror organization, and not one had
heard of McCartney or the Beatles.

Klein said he proceeded to sing to the terrorists top Beatles songs, including
"Yesterday," "Let It Be" and "She Loves You," but the tunes didn't ring a bell
for a single one.

"I don't know any of this," said Muhammad Abdel-Al, spokesman and senior
leader of the Popular Resistance Committees terror group.

Abu Ahmed, a senior leader of Islamic Jihad in Gaza, told Klein, "We don't
know these Beatles."

Ala Senakreh, chief of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades in the West Bank city of
Nablus, told Klein he, too, is unfamiliar with the star singer and his former
group.

"Listen, I have a friend at the University [of Nablus]. I can call him. Maybe
he knows of McCartney," Senakreh told Klein. 

Senakreh recently was granted amnesty in a deal between Israel and the
Palestinian Authority.

Klein said he also called members of Hamas, the Popular Front for the
Liberation of Palestine and a lesser-known group, the Army of Islam. Those
terrorists also drew blanks when asked if they were familiar with McCartney.

The threats against McCartney came from Omar Bakri, also known as Omar Bakri
Mohammad, who was the leader of Al-Muhajiroun, a London-based Islamist
organization with the stated goal of creating a worldwide Islamic state
starting in Britain.

"If he values his life, Mr. McCartney must not come to Israel," Bakri was
quoted as saying. "He will not be safe there. The sacrifice operatives will be
waiting for him."

Bakri added: "Instead of supporting the people of Palestine in their
suffering, McCartney is celebrating the atrocities of the occupiers. The one
who is under occupation is supposed to be getting the help."

Klein has interviewed Bakri numerous times. In 1999, Klein spent a weekend
with Bakri and his group, penning an article entitled, "My Weekend with the
Enemy," published in newspapers, including the Jerusalem Post and Pittsburgh
Tribune-Review.

Klein called Bakri a "notorious media attention seeker" who is "more talk than
action."

He said Palestinian terror groups "pay little to no attention to anything
Bakri says or does. They don't take Bakri seriously."

Meanwhile, McCartney has made clear his concert in Israel will go on as
planned.

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