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Fatah celebrates Savoy terror

Text and image posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

Posted text:

"Today is the 44th anniversary of the Savoy operation (i.e., terror attack, 11 murdered), March 6, 1975

This is an operation that was carried out by two squads of self-sacrificing fighters (Fedayeen) from the Palestinian National Liberation Movement – Fatah against the Israeli occupation forces in Tel Aviv, in order to avenge the Martyrs (Shahids) of Verdun who were killed by Israeli commando forces in Beirut (see note below –Ed.). Approximately 100 military personnel and civilians were killed and wounded in the Savoy operation (sic., 11 were murdered)…

The Savoy operation was supervised by late Palestinian leader Khalil Al-Wazir ‘Abu Jihad’ (i.e., terrorist responsible for the murder of 125 Israelis). It began when members of the resistance force reached Tel Aviv by way of sea…

After failing to reach the [Israeli] Ministry of Defense, the self-sacrificing fighters succeeded in taking control of the Savoy Hotel, which is located next to buildings operated by the Israeli army General Staff in the area of the Kirya (i.e., Israeli military establishment headquarters in Tel Aviv).

The self-sacrificing fighters took a number of hostages within the hotel. They demanded to release a group of fighters and detainees in the Israeli prison, and also a plane that would fly them to Syria together with the French ambassador to Israel and the hostages, in return for their lives…

Then [Israeli] Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, [Israeli] Minister of Defense Shimon Peres, [Israeli Army] Chief of Staff Mordechai Gur, and a few other senior Israeli officers arrived at the site. They decided to attack the hotel and reject the self-sacrificing fighters' demands…

After the self-sacrificing fighters' ammunition was finished, they blew up the hotel on top of those inside it. After the Israeli forces gained control of the site, they were surprised by heavy fire from two self-sacrificing fighters who remained alive and managed to get out. At the end of a fierce battle, one of them died as a Martyr and the other was wounded and captured.

As a result of the operation, the hotel, its surroundings, and the cinema were destroyed. More than 50 military personnel (sic.) and approximately 50 civilians (sic.) were killed and wounded, while the Israeli authorities acknowledged that 11 people were killed and 20 wounded.

Among those killed was Colonel Uzi Yairi, one of the senior officers in the Israeli military intelligence, who was behind the Verdun operation in Beirut on April 10, 1973."

The image shows the terrorists who carried out the Savoy Hotel attack and biographical details about them.

Text on image:

"The Savoy self-sacrifice operation, March 6, 1975

One of the quality operations of the Al-Asifa forces, the military branch of the Fatah Movement"

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.

The Verdun Operation is the Arabic name for an Israeli military operation against PLO targets in the Lebanese cities of Beirut and Sidon on April 10, 1973 (Operation Spring of Youth in Israel.) During the operation, Israeli army forces killed three senior PLO leaders, all of whom were also senior members of the Black September terror organization: Kamal Adwan, Kamal Nasser, and Abu Yusuf Al-Najjar.


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.