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Fatah responds to PMW’s bulletin about its glorification of terrorist who killed 24

Text and photos posted on the official Fatah Facebook page on June 1, 2016

PMW note: This is the second time Fatah has responded to PMW’s bulletins on this subject, the first time was to PMW’s bulletin in English, the second was apparently in response to PMW’s bulletin in Hebrew.

Posted text: “The Israeli website ‘Palestinian Media Watch:’
The Fatah Movement honors the self-sacrificing fighter (Fida'i)
Of Japanese origin who carried out the heroic operation (i.e., terror attack) at the Ben Gurion Airport in 1972 and killed no less than 24 settlers in the hall of the airport.”

Lod Airport attack – on May 30, 1972, Takeshi Okudaira, Yasuyuki Yasuda and Kozo Okamoto – members of the Japanese Red Army who had been recruited by the Palestinian terror organization Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) – carried out a terror attack at Israel’s Lod (Tel Aviv) airport. Throwing hand grenades and shooting, the terrorists killed 24 (8 Israelis and 16 foreign tourists), and wounded over 70. Okudaira and Yasuda were killed during the attack, while Okamoto was arrested and sentenced to 3 life sentences, but was released in the Jibril Exchange in May 1985, after only 13 years of imprisonment, when Israel agreed to release 1,150 Palestinian prisoners, including terrorist murderers, in exchange for three Israeli soldiers who had been taken hostage by the terrorist organization the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine - General Command (PFLP - GC).

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