PA daily glorifies terrorist Abu Jihad’s many terror attacks on anniversary of his death
Headline: "Abu Jihad – a set path for Palestine's direction"
"He [Khalil Al-Wazir 'Abu Jihad'] (i.e., terrorist, responsible for murder of 125) died as a Martyr (Shahid) while still writing his words directed at the popular intifada (i.e., the first Intifada, Palestinian wave of violence and terror against Israel, approximately 200 Israelis murdered, 1987-1993) and Palestine, after writing the last three and a half lines of his life: 'The blessing of the flaring struggle, the blessing of ongoing giving and unceasing sacrifice to our fighting brothers in the intifada's leadership, to all of the national action committees within the popular committees in the refugee camps, cities, villages, and neighborhoods, to the committees that fulfill their roles under these conditions-'
Nobody knows what the next sentence is (i.e., because it is assumed he was assassinated while writing this), but 'Abu Jihad' wrote it with his blood: 'The Martyrs illuminate the darkness of this long path to the occupied land.'
Abu Jihad's life, from his birth on Oct. 10, 1935 in Ramle and until the moment of his death as a Martyr in the early morning on April 16, 1988, in Tunisia… is summed up in one sentence: 'He was uprooted [during the Nakba (i.e., “the catastrophe,” the Palestinian term for the establishment of the State of Israel)], lived as a revolutionary, and died as a Martyr on the path of return to liberated Palestine.' …
Among the military operations (i.e., terror attacks) that Abu Jihad planned were the operation to blow up the Zohar reservoir (i.e., near Beit Hanoun in Gaza) in 1955; the operation to blow up the Israeli National Water Carrier pipelines (Eilabun tunnel) [parentheses in source] in 1965; the operation at the Savoy Hotel in Tel Aviv and the killing of 10 Israelis (sic., 11) in 1975; the operation to blow up a truck bomb in Jerusalem (15 murdered –Ed.) in 1975; the operation to kill senior sapper Albert Levy and his assistant (sic., only Levy was murdered in the attack), in Nablus in 1976; the Dalal Mughrabi operation, in which more than 37 Israelis were killed, in 1978; the bombing of the Eilat Port in 1979 (sic., 1978, apparently refers to foiled ship bombing); [and] the bombing of the northern settlements [in Israel] with katyusha missiles in 1981(from 1978 to 1981 the PLO fired missiles at northern Israel from Lebanon –Ed.) Israel also held the Martyr responsible for the capture of 8 Israeli soldiers in Lebanon, and their exchange for 5,000 Lebanese and Palestinian prisoners (sic., 4,700 terrorists held in Lebanon were released), and for planning the infiltration of the headquarters of the Israeli military governor in Tyre and its bombing in 1982, which led to the deaths of 76 officers and soldiers, including 12 senior officers (i.e., explosion in which 91 were killed, unclear whether a car bomb or gas leak caused the blast). [In addition, the occupation held him responsible] for waging the war of attrition in 1982-1984 in southern Lebanon (i.e., First Lebanon War); and for the Dimona Reactor operation in 1988 (i.e., Mothers’ Bus attack, 3 murdered)…
[Abu Jihad's son] Bassem said: 'He always prepared us for the day of his death as a Martyr, and we expected them to assassinate him at any given moment. On the day of his death as a Martyr, while I and my sister Iman were studying in the US, my uncle called me and said on the phone 'Congratulations.' I asked him for what, and he answered: 'Congratulations, your father has died as a Martyr.' We were stunned. We planned to travel to Tunisia, and I and my sister were off for the airport. There we met our brother Jihad who was also studying in the US. We left for Italy and discovered that the airport was not functioning due to strikes. News of what had happened spread, and [Greek Catholic] Archbishop Capucci (i.e., smuggled weapons to Palestinian terrorists) was on his way to Italy in a private airplane in order to participate in the funeral. This eased our travel and enabled us to reach Tunisia. I and my siblings promised each other to remain calm before our mother, but she was the strongest of us.'"
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Abu Jihad (Khalil Al-Wazir) - was a founder of Fatah and deputy to Yasser Arafat. He headed the PLO terror organization's military wing and also planned many deadly Fatah terror attacks in the 1960’s - 1980’s. These attacks, in which a total of 125 Israelis were murdered, included the most lethal in Israeli history - the hijacking of a bus and murder of 37 civilians, 12 of them children.
Bombing of Israel's National Water Carrier - On Jan. 1, 1965, Palestinian terrorists attempted to bomb Israel's National Water Carrier. This was the first attack against Israel carried out by Fatah. Fatah refers to the attack as the “Intilaqa”, meaning “the Launch” of Fatah.
Savoy terror attack: In March 1975, eight terrorists traveled by boat from Lebanon to a Tel Aviv beach. They took over the Savoy Hotel and took guests as hostages. The next morning, Israeli forces attacked and killed seven of the terrorists. Eight hostages and three soldiers were killed by the terrorists during the attack.
Attack with truck bomb (sometimes called the refrigerator bombing): Attack in Jerusalem in 1975 with a truck carrying a refrigerator filled with explosives. 15 people were killed and 77 wounded. The attack was orchestrated by Arafat’s advisor and Fatah Revolutionary Council member Ahmad Jabarah Abu Sukkar.
Albert Levy was an Israeli police sapper. In April 1976 he was called to dismantle an explosive device on B'nai Brith Street in Jerusalem. The device, which was booby trapped, exploded and Levy was killed.
Coastal Road Massacre - In March 1978, a group of Fatah terrorists from Lebanon led by Dalal Mughrabi hijacked a bus on Israel's Coastal Highway. Confronted by the Israeli army, the terrorists murdered many of the passengers on the bus, in total 37 civilians,12 of them children, and wounded more than 70. The attack, orchestrated by arch-terrorist Abu Jihad (Khalil Al-Wazir), is known in Israel as the Coastal Road Massacre.
Eilat 1978 foiled attack - A Fatah ship carrying explosives, the Agios Dmitros, was seized by the Israeli army near Eilat on Sept. 30, 1978. The ship, which was carrying half a ton of explosives and 45 rockets ready for launch, was intended to explode near the Eilat beach, which was full of vacationers at the time.
Attack on “the northern settlements” - From 1978 to 1981, the PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) continuously fired rockets from Lebanon at Northern Israel, after the UN and the South Lebanon Army created a buffer zone between Israel and Lebanon that stopped terrorists’ infiltrations into Israel.
Explosion in the Israeli military headquarters building in Tyre - On Nov. 11, 1982, during the first Lebanon War, an explosion occurred in the Israeli military headquarters building and led to the death of 91 people, among whom were Israeli soldiers, Israeli Security Services staff, Israeli Border Policemen and Lebanese detainees. It has not been determined whether the explosion resulted from a gas leak or a car bomb.
Mothers’ Bus attack – 3 Israelis – Miriam Ben-Yair, Rina Shiratzky, and Victor Ram – were murdered when the bus they were on that was carrying workers to the Negev Nuclear Research Center in Dimona was hijacked by Palestinian terrorists Muhammad Abd Al-Qader Muhammad Issa, Muhammad Khalil Saleh Al-Khanafi, and Abdallah Abd Al-Majid Muhammad Kallab on March 7, 1988. The attack is referred to as the Mothers' Bus attack because many of the passengers were working mothers. The terrorists were all killed by an Israel Police counter-terrorism unit.
Hilarion Capucci – former Greek Catholic Archbishop of Jerusalem who exploited his status as a religious leader to smuggle weapons to Palestinian terrorists. He was arrested in 1974 and sentenced to 12 years in prison. He was released in 1977 due to the Vatican’s intervention. In October 2013, PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas awarded him the Star of Jerusalem Medal. Capucci died on Jan. 1, 2017.
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