I Letter to the Editor – Wall Street Journal & Detroit News
Regarding your RIO Olympics 2016 coverage,
Thank you for your coverage of the Olympics and the bright displays of the champions.
There is another, dark side of the Olympics that has rarely seen coverage and that is the anti-Israel and disguised Jew hatred displayed by some Arab entities.
The first was the opening day when Lebanese delegation refused to let the Israelis ride the bus with them to the Maracana stadium, where the opening ceremony was to take place. The Lebanese delegation leader actually blocked the bus entrance from the Israeli delegation who needed another, special bus to get to the events.
The Palestinian Arab swimmer selected to compete in the Rio Olympics lied when she told the world that she was unable to train properly since there were no Olympic-size pools in the Palestinian territories and the Israeli “occupation” had cut off her access to such facilities.
In fact, the Palestinian territories boast several Olympic-size pools. There’s one in Gaza, built with some of the leftover cement from building its terror tunnels. Another exists in the West Bank town of Nablus. And there’s even an Olympic-size pool in the very town that the athlete, Mary al-Atrash, hails from.
The Israeli government office issued a statement saying that al-Atrash had refused to apply for a permit to train in Israeli pools but wished her the best of luck anyway.
Then Saudi athlete Joud Fahmy resigned from a competition and forfeited a match claiming that she was injured – actually, because she didn’t want to compete against Israeli Gili Cohen in the next round if she won.
It is unfortunate that the Olympic officials allow these incidents by the Arab entities without disciplinary action or vital policy changes.
II There is a long history of Arab terrorism at the Olympic games with deliberate flagrant insults to participating Israeli and American Jewish athletes.
By Jerome S. Kaufman
The 1972 Munich Games interrupted by the Palestinian Terror Group Black September
The Munich massacre was an attack during the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, West Germany, at which eleven Israeli Olympic team members were taken hostage and eventually killed along with a German police officer by the Palestinian terrorist group, Black September.
Fortunately, with the re-birth of the State of Israel, Jewish lives are not quite as expendable, despite the tacit cooperation of most of the world in Israeli and Jewish deaths.
Two days after the Munich massacre at the 1972 Summer Olympics, Israel retaliated by bombing ten PLO bases in Syria and Lebanon. Prime Minister Golda Meir created Committee X, a small group of government officials tasked with formulating an Israeli response, with herself and Defense Minister Moshe Dayan at the head. She also appointed General Aharon Yariv as her Advisor on Counterterrorism. He, along with Mossad Director Zvi Zamir, took the principal role in directing the ensuing operation.
The committee came to the conclusion that to deter future violent incidents against Israel, they needed to assassinate those who had supported or carried out the Munich massacre — and in dramatic fashion. Pressured by Israeli public opinion and top intelligence officials, Meir reluctantly authorized the beginning of the broad assassination campaign. When the three surviving perpetrators of the massacre were released just months later by West Germany in compliance with the demands of the hijackers of a Lufthansa aircraft, any remaining ambivalence she felt was removed.
The committee’s first task for Israeli intelligence was to draw up an assassination list of all those involved in Munich. This was accomplished with the aid of PLO operatives working for Mossad, and with information provided by friendly European intelligence agencies. While the contents of the entire list are unknown, reports put the final number of targets at 20–35, a mix of Black September and PLO elements. Once this was complete, Mossad was charged with locating the individuals and assassinating them.
Assassination Operations 1972–1988
The first assassination occurred on October 16, 1972, when Palestinian Wael Zwaiter was killed in Rome. Mossad agents had been waiting for him to return from dinner, and shot him twelve times.
The second target of Mossad was Mahmoud Hamshari, the PLO representative in France. Israel believed that he was the leader of Black September in France. A detonation signal down the telephone line, causing the bomb to explode. Hamshari was mortally wounded in the explosion and died in a hospital several weeks later.
This assassination was the first in a series of Mossad assassinations that took place in France. Another assassination took place in London, where a Palestinian activist was pushed under a bus during rush hour.
On the night of January 24, 1973, Hussein Al Bashir (Jordanian), the Fatah representative in Cyprus, turned off the lights in his Olympic Hotel room in Nicosia. Moments later, a bomb planted under his bed was remotely detonated, killing him and destroying the room. Israel believed him to be the head of Black September in Cyprus, though another reason for his assassination may have been for his close ties with the KGB.
On April 6, 1973, Basil al-Kubaissi, a law professor at the American University of Beirut suspected by Israel of providing arms logistics for Black September as well as being involved in other Palestinian plots, was gunned down in Paris while returning home from dinner. As in previous assassinations, he was shot around 12 times by two Mossad agents.
Beirut, Lebanon, April 9 1973
Israeli commandos raided guarded apartment buildings and killed Muhammad Youssef al-Najjar (Operations leader in Black September), Kamal Adwan (a Chief of Operations in the PLO) and Kamal Nasser (PLO Executive Committee member and spokesman). During the operation, two Lebanese police officers, an Italian citizen, and Najjar’s wife were also killed. One Israeli commando was wounded.
Sayeret Tzanhanim paratroopers raided a six-story building that served as the headquarters of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. The paratroopers met strong resistance and lost two soldiers, but managed to destroy the building. Shayetet 13 naval commandos and Sayeret Tzanhanim paratroopers also raided PLO arms-manufacturing facilities and fuel dumps. Some 12–100 PLO and PFLP members were killed during the attacks.
Three more attacks quickly followed the Lebanon operation. Zaiad Muchasi, the replacement for Hussein Al Bashir in Cyprus, was killed by a bomb in his Athens hotel room on April 11. Two minor Black September members, Abdel Hamid Shibi and Abdel Hadi Nakaa, were injured in their car in Rome.
Mossad agents also began to follow Mohammad Boudia, the Algerian-born director of operations for Black September in France, who was known for his disguises and womanizing. On June 28, 1973, Boudia was killed in Paris by a pressure-activated bomb packed with heavy nuts and bolts placed under his car seat.
On December 15, 1979, two Palestinians, Ali Salem Ahmed and Ibrahim Abdul Aziz, were killed in Cyprus. According to police, both men were shot with silenced weapons at point-blank range.
On June 17, 1982, two senior PLO members in Italy were killed in separate attacks. Nazeyh Mayer, a leading figure in the PLO’s Rome office, was shot dead outside his home. Kamal Husain, deputy director of the PLO office in Rome, was killed by a shrapnel bomb placed under the back seat of his car as he drove home, less than seven hours after he had visited the home of Mayer and helped the police in their investigation.
On July 23, 1982, Fadl Dani, deputy director of the PLO office in Paris, was killed by a bomb that had been placed in his car. On August 21, 1983, PLO official Mamoun Meraish was killed in his car in Athens by two Mossad operatives who shot him from a motorcycle.
On June 10, 1986, Khaled Ahmed Nazal, Secretary-General of the PLO’s DFLP faction, was gunned down outside a hotel in Athens, Greece. Nazal was shot four times in the head. On October 21, 1986, Munzer Abu Ghazala, a senior PLO official and member of the Palestinian National Council, was killed by a bomb as he drove through a suburb of Athens.
On February 14, 1988, a car bomb exploded in Limassol, Cyprus, killing Palestinians Abu Al Hassan Qasim and Hamdi Adwan, and wounding Marwan Kanafami.
The Mossad continued to search successfully for other Arabs associated with the Munich Massacre and thus presented a completely new message to the Jew killers of the world:
Jewish life is no longer cheap. The massacre of Jews by Muhammed in the 7th Century as he invented Islam will no longer be tolerated, nor the Crusades of the Catholic Church, nor the Spanish Inquisition nor the massacres initiated by Martin Luther with his new Protestantism, nor the declared hatred of Jews by John Calvin , nor the Pogroms of Russia and Poland nor the Holocaust of Nazi Germany and now the malignant Jew Hatred propagated by today’s Islam, reluctantly and ineffectively addressed by the nations of Europe.
Times have changed with the re-birth of the nation of Israel. A very expensive price will now be exacted for the loss of Jewish life. It is no longer cheap to kill Jews.
Compiled by Jerome S. Kaufman
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