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      PA Announces Three Days of Mourning for Top Terrorist

      George Habash, founder of the PFLP terror group, died on Saturday. The group specialized in murdering Israeli civilians of all ages, since 1968.
      By Gil Ronen
      First Publish: 1/26/2008, 10:15 PM

      PFLP founder George Habash died at age 83 in his home in Amman. His terror gang massacred dozens of Israeli adults, children and babies, assassinated Minister Ze'evi and plotted to kill Rabbi Ovadya Yosef.

      PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas announced three days of mourning following the death of George Habash, the founder of terror gang PFLP. All PLO flags will be at half mast and there will be an official "house of mourning" in Abba's Ramallah office.

      History of murder
      The PFLP was founded in 1967, several months after the Israeli victory in the Six Day War. In 1968, PFLP terrorists hijacked an El Al plane that was en route from Rome to Tel Aviv. Its passengers were held hostage for 39 days before being released. This was the first time an El Al plane was hijacked. One month later, the PFLP attacked another El Al jet on the ground at Athens airport. One passenger was killed.

      These are some of the PFLP's crimes in 40 years of existence:

      • 1970, the PFLP blew up a Swissair flight to Israel in midair. 47 people died, including 15 Israelis.
      • 1972, Japanese terrorists trained by the PFLP murdered 24 people, including 16 pilgrims from Puerto Rico, at Lod airport.
      Back from Entebbe: Effie Eitam (center) and Efrayim Sneh (left).
      IDF Spokesman.
      • 1976, PFLP terrorists cooperated with German terrorists and hijacked an Air France jet to Entebbe, Uganda. The hostages were freed by Israel in a daring raid.
      • 1980, PFLP terrorists took over the children's room at Misgav Am in northern Israel, and murdered a baby, as well as the kibbutz's director.
      • 2000, Habash retired from active leadership of the PFLP, for health reasons.
      • 2001, a PFLP squad assassinated Israeli Minister Rechavam Ze'evi.
      • The PFLP carried out three suicide bombings between 2002 and 2004, at Karnei Shomron (3 murdered) at Geha Intersection (3 murdered) and at Shuk HaCarmel in Tel Aviv (3 murdered).

      In April 2005, the Shabak (General Security Service) told the press that it had successfully uncovered a plot by a PFLP cell to murder Shas spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadya Yosef.