This one’s almost too good to check, but given the source, I checked it anyway. Annnnd … it’s probably not true.
Israel today arrested a longtime wanted terror leader here in the West Bank city of Ramallah.
According to Israeli security officials and Palestinian sources in Ramallah speaking to WND, the terrorist was arrested while having car sex just a few hundred feet from late PLO leader Yasser Arafat’s gravesite…
According to Israeli security officials and Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades sources in Ramallah, Shawish was arrested after the Israeli police stormed his jeep, which was parked in a lot outside the Muqata, about 200 feet from Arafat’s grave. The sources said at the time of his arrest, Shawish was having intercourse in the back seat of his jeep with a Palestinian woman, whose identity is being withheld by WND. The woman was not his wife.
To see why it’s probably not true, click here. You won’t have to read far.
Update 5/30: Looks like I owe Aaron Klein, the author of the WND piece, an apology. He e-mailed today to say that he stands by his story, with good reason — he’s met Shawish personally and knows him to be physically capable notwithstanding his disability. Klein writes:
In your blog, you state my story about a Fatah terror leader caught having sex near Arafat’s grave is “probably not true” because Haaretz reported the terror leader sustained an injury and was confined to a wheelchair. But actually my article also states Shawish sustained an injury and was confined to a wheelchair, but I report that he was able to drive (and thus also probably have sex). I know the terror leader, Khaled Shawish, personally and have quite good sources in Israel and the Palestinian arena.
Duly noted. Thanks for the feedback, Aaron.