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      Michael Freund is Founder and Chairman of Shavei Israel (www.shavei.org), which reaches out and assists "lost Jews" seeking to return to the Jewish people. He writes a syndicated column and feature stories for the Jerusalem Post. Previously, he served as Deputy Director of Communications & Policy Planning in the Israeli Prime Minister´s Office under former premier Benjamin Netanyahu. A native of New York, he holds an MBA in Finance from Columbia University and a BA from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. He has lived in Israel for the past decade.
      Tammuz 22, 5770, 7/4/2010

      Abbas Mourns Mastermind of Munich Massacre


      Over the weekend, Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas once again demonstrated his true colors by heaping praise on a mass-murderer.

      According to an INN newsarticle based on a CNN report, Abbas sent his condolences to the family of Abu Daoud, the mastermind of the terrorist attack against the Israeli athletic team in the 1972 Munich Olympics, who passed away on Friday evening.

      "He is missed," Abbas wrote in his letter to Abu Daoud's family, praising the terrorist as "one of the leading figures of Fatah" and thanking him for having "spent his life in resistance and sincere work as well as physical sacrifice for his people's just causes".

      Among Abu Daoud's so-called "just causes" was the taking of 11 Israeli Olympians hostage in Munich, all of whom were killed during a failed rescue attempt by German police.

      "I regret nothing," Abu Daoud told Germany's Spiegel TV in 2006, defiantly adding that, "You can only dream that I would apologize."

      This incident provides a timely reminder of just what kind of person Mr. Abbas is. Despite the Obama Administration's efforts to cultivate him and portray him as a man of peace, Abbas does not hesitate to heap praise on a man who attacked the Olympics and bore responsibility for the murder of innocents. His words and his actions speak for themselves.

      If this is Obama's idea of someone with whom Israel can do business, he is sorely and gravely mistaken.