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December 3, 2015 7:43 am

News Flash: Mahmoud Abbas Helped Plan and Finance the Munich Massacre

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Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. Photo/Cia Pak.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. Photo/Cia Pak.

The New York Times review of the forthcoming documentary on the torture and murder of Israelis at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games has sparked a surge of interest in that terror attack and its consequences.

At the time, I was a student in Jerusalem, following every horrific moment of the unfolding story on the radio into the wee hours of the night. It is hard to forget the young people in Israel with their heads held low at the sight of their sports heroes who returned home in flag draped caskets, having falling victim to PLO killers.

Yet there was pride in all walks of life when then-Prime Minister Gold Meir announced that the Israeli government had issued a death warrant to kill all those responsible for the Munich massacre. Or, as she put it, to “turn the hunted into prey.”

The Golda Doctrine received adulation from all factions in the Israeli Knesset, where the discussion soon turned into a debate about how to fight the PLO.

MK Ya’acov Hazan, leader of the left-wing Mapam party, stated, “We must not only defend ourselves, but also attack. We must search for the terrorists and kill them.”

Likud opposition leader Menachem Begin proposed creating a special unit for the war on terror, and recruiting the best people who had dealt in covert operations in the past, such as future prime minister Yitzhak Shamir, Isser Harel and others. “If, in fact, we do this, we can change the situation in a short time. It doesn’t require many years until we eliminate them, to a great extent,” he said.

And so the decision was made by the Israeli government, with the support of the Knesset, to hunt down and kill all leaders responsible for the Munich attacks.

And that is what Israel did.

There is only one PLO leader still at large with blood on his hands from the Munich attack: Mahmoud Abbas, also known as Abu Mazen, who planned and financed the Munich attack

Why has Israel let him go unpunished? In Israel, there is no statute of limitations on war crimes.

Meanwhile, Abbas has never expressed any remorse for his actions in Munich. Instead, Abbas makes it his policy to laud those who murder Israelis in terror acts, and to pay the families of those who have murdered Israelis.


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  • Sherlock Holmes

    Abbas probably has diplomatic immunity until he retires from office, which may be why at 80 he’s still President. That doesn’t explain, however, why he was never arrested many yers back before he held high office. Abbas’s PhD is a Holocaust denial, yet he seems to speak to leaders of countries where Holocaust denial is a crime, presumably because of diplomatic immunity.

  • JarredS

    Great now that we know that Abbas is a mass murderer….What are we going to do about it….Besides shaking his hand….

  • David

    I was sad to see Netanyahu shake hands with this terrorist, I think that the Israeli Premier has become a doddering and it is time to pass the torch to another who will know how to treat this Barbarian