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By Michael Freund The Jerusalem Post, July 2, 2006
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A Web site run by the US State Department that is “designed to bring
international terrorists to justice” fails to identify the perpetrators of
suicide bombings and other attacks in Israel as Palestinians, The Jerusalem
Post has found.

The Rewards for Justice Web site (www.rewardsforjustice.net), is part of a
program administered by the State Department’s Diplomatic Security Service.

It offers rewards “for information that prevents, frustrates or favorably
resolves acts of international terrorism against US persons or property
worldwide” and gives details of terrorist attacks in which US citizens were
kidnapped, injured or killed.

While the site includes names, photographs and background information about
terrorists wanted for attacks in places such as the Philippines, Yemen and
Italy, it does not provide a single name, biographical detail or even
organizational affiliation for Palestinian terrorists involved in the murder
of Americans.

Instead, the site obliquely refers to them as “individuals and groups
opposed to Middle East peace negotiations” or as “terrorist individuals and
groups opposed to a negotiated peace.”

Since the the Oslo accords were signed in September 1993, dozens of American
citizens have been killed in Palestinian terrorist attacks. These include
three Americans murdered in the October 2003 assault on a US diplomatic
convoy in the Gaza Strip and five US citizens who died in the July 2002
Palestinian bombing at Hebrew University.

Asked to explain why the perpetrators are not identified as Palestinians,
even though Palestinian organizations often claim responsibility for
attacks, State Department spokeswoman Andrea Rogers-Harper said, “The United
States government will pursue the perpetrators of terror attacks against
Americans carried out by any group opposed to the peace process regardless
of their ethnicity.”

“Furthermore,” she told the Post via e-mail, “the reward offer applies to
information leading to the arrest or conviction of any terrorist responsible
for the attacks listed.”

Asked why people behind other terror attacks are identified on the site by
ethnic origin and organizational affiliation, Rogers-Harper said,
“Ethnicities are listed in the biographical details of certain suspects on
the site in the hopes that it could help potential informants identify the
suspects.”

However, she said, since “no biographical data is currently listed on the
Violence in Opposition to the Middle East Peace Negotiations Web page,” the
site makes “no mention of ethnicity” with regard to Palestinians.
As for the failure to list any individual Palestinian terror suspects on the
site, Rogers-Harper insisted this was because, “To date, no reward offer has
been issued with respect to specific individuals that may be wanted in
connection with the incidents listed on the Violence in Opposition to the
Middle East Peace Negotiations Web page.”

“In order for a specific individual to be listed on the site with a reward
offer,” she said, “the program must receive a written request from an agency
within the US government, usually an investigative agency with jurisdiction
over the incident.”

“The request is then put through a thorough interagency review process
before it is submitted for final approval within the Department of State,”
Rogers-Harper said.

Thus far, she said, no such rewards have been offered for information
leading to the capture of specific Palestinian terrorists wanted in
connection with the murder of Americans.

Nevertheless, Rogers-Harper said, “All cases in which Americans are victims
of terrorism are a high priority for the Rewards for Justice program and the
US government as a whole.”


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