A series of articles written by a long-time aide to the late Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) chairman and arch-terrorist Yasser Arafat has confirmed that his boss founded the international terrorist organization Black September.
The Bethlehem-based Ma'an news agency reported Sunday that Marwan Kanafani is expected to publish the series of articles in the Egyptian Al Ahram newspaper.
Black September was responsible for the 1972 Munich Summer Olympics massacre in which 11 Israeli athletes and coaches were murdered, along with one German police officer. During the effort to rescue the Israeli team, police managed to kill five of the eight terrorists, capturing the other three alive. They were later released by German authorities.
The international terror organization was also responsible for a number of other terrorist attacks in the early 1970's, including the murder of an Israeli politician in London to whom the group sent a letter bomb, Jordanian Prime Minister Wasfi Tel and two US diplomats in Khartoum, as well as the hijacking of a Belgian airliner from Vienna.
Speaking at a rally commemorating the third anniversary of Arafat's death, Palestinian Authority Chairman and Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas (known by his nom de guerre, Abu Mazen) slammed Hamas's takeover of Gaza, but added that the rival terrorist group "cannot erase Arafat's achievements."
Abbas was appointed by Arafat to become the Palestinian Authority's first Prime Minister following the signing in 1993 of the Oslo Accords with then-Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin and then-Foreign Minister Shimon Peres, for which he received the Nobel Peace Prize with Rabin and Peres a year later. The agreement contained a Declaration of Principles on Palestinian government and was engineered and signed in the presence of then-US President Bill Clinton, whose wife is currently running as a Democratic Party candidate for president.
Clinton later berated Arafat for turning down a deal to hand over more than 90 percent of the land restored to Israel in the 1967 Six Day War, offered by then-Prime Minister Ehud Barak during talks at Camp David in 2000. Arafat rejected the offer because Barak refused to hand over all of Jerusalem.
Arafat co-founded the Fatah terrorist organization with Abbas in 1969, heading the group, and its parent organization, the PLO until his death in 2004, when Abbas inherited the position.