Fatah: Japanese terrorists who killed 24 are “heroes”
The photo shows a monument in Beirut, Lebanon, commemorating Japanese terrorists who participated in a terror attack in Israel in 1972.
Posted text: “They were neither Arab nor Muslim, yet they sacrificed their lives for Palestine.”
Text on monument: “The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine; The Japanese Red Army; A monument for the heroes of the Lod airport operation (i.e., terror attack) in occupied Palestine.
Bassem - Takeshi Okudaira: Born in 1945; Died as a Martyr (Shahid) in 1972 during the Lod airport operation.
Salah - Yasuyuki Yasuda: Born in 1945; Died as a Martyr in 1972 during the Lod airport operation.
‘Martyr of Freedom,’ Yussuf – Takao Himori: Born in 1947; Died as a Martyr in 2002 after setting himself on fire to protest the Israeli invasion of the West Bank.
Nizar - Osamu Maruoka: Born in 1950; Died as a Martyr in 2011 from an illness [incurred] during his incarceration.”
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Notes: 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, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) – carried out a terror attack at Israel’s Lod (Tel Aviv) airport, killing 24 (8 Israelis and 16 foreign tourists), and wounding over 70. Okudaira and Yasuda were killed during the attack; Okamoto was arrested.
Takao Himori –Palestinian rights activist who set himself on fire and burned to death in Tokyo, Japan, in 2002, to protest Israeli policy in the West Bank.
Osamu Maruoka – One of the leaders of the Japanese Red Army. He was arrested in Japan in 1987, and died while serving a life sentence in prison in 2011.
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