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Tunisians to Sue Israel over Killing of Terrorist

Two lawyers from Tunisia plan to sue Israel for the 1988 assassination of terrorist Abu Jihad, who was a deputy to Yasser Arafat.
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
First Publish: 11/5/2012, 2:24 PM

Aftermath of Intifada suicide bombing
Aftermath of Intifada suicide bombing
Israel News photo: Flash 90

Two lawyers from Tunisia plant to sue Israel for the 1988 assassination in Tunis of terrorist Abu Jihad, who was a deputy to Yasser Arafat, according to Tunisia’s official TAP news agency.

Abu Jihad, whose full name was Khalil Al-Wazir, was shot in the head by a silencer gun hidden in a box of chocolates.

The commando who shot the terrorist was the late Nachum Lev, who was quoted last week in a previously unpublished interview with the Yediot Acharonot newspaper. “I shot him with a long burst of fire. I was careful not to hurt his wife, who had showed up there,” Lev said.

He and another Israeli commando, who was disguised as a woman, approached Wazir’s house pretending they were a couple. The commando in woman's disguise distracted a bodyguard by asking for directions, allowing Lev to shoot Abu Jihad.

Lev died in a motorcycle accident in 2000.

Abu Jihad was the second most senior official in the planning of the First Intifada in the late 1980s.

The lawyers’ suit was backed by the local Wafa party, which holds only 5% of the seats in the Tunisian assembly.

The Tunisian suit is to be filed on the grounds that the elimination of the terrorists was a war crime. The suit will allege that deposed Tunisian president Zine El-Abidine Bin Ali cooperated with Israel's Mossad spy agency in the assassination.