11 June 2006

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Haaretz says: Palestinians hand over kidnapped American citizen to IDF.

Members of an armed Fatah militia which claimed to have kidnapped an Israeli Saturday transferred the individual in question, a U.S. citizen, to the custody of the Palestinian Authority before dawn Sunday. The PA security forces subsequently handed the American over to the Israel Defense Forces. Defense officials believe once the militants discovered the person was indeed an American citizen, they took steps to end the matter quickly.

Fishbein was snatched by gunmen while having coffee at a Nablus coffeeshop, said Rafa Roagbe, head of Palestinian security in the city. Fishbein, who spent time in Cairo and is currently studying at Jerusalem's Hebrew University, went to Nablus as a tourist, Roagbe said. Fishbein wears a traditional Jewish skullcap, but does not speak Hebrew, he added.

Some amazing details as told by the youngster:

Bright-Fishbein told Reuters that he had visited Nablus by himself because he had heard it was a beautiful place, but could find nobody else to come with him [strange, innit?].

Bright-Fishbein recounted how he had been abducted by a gunman called Ahmed who bumped into him in a coffee shop where the student, who speaks Arabic, had been smoking a water pipe.

"He (Ahmed) had a pistol, a grenade and a machinegun. I didn't want to be in his company, but it seemed I didn't have any choice at that point," Bright-Fishbein said.

Yeah. Fishbein he might be, but bright - hardly. Oh well, all is well that ends well, but please - go back to mommy and tell her you have been a bad boy, please...