Daily Israel Report

Abu Mazen Funded Munich Massacre

Abu Mazen is not as terrorism-free as might have been thought - and he is in fact connected with one of the 20th century's most infamous terrorist crimes: the 1972 massacre of 11 Israeli athletes...
First Publish: 4/29/2003, 7:20 PM

Abu Mazen is not as terrorism-free as might have been thought - and he is in fact connected with one of the 20th century's most infamous terrorist crimes: the massacre of 11 Israeli athletes - including American citizen David Berger - at the Olympic Games in Munich, Germany in 1972.

Mahmoud Abbas, known as Abu Mazen, long the treasurer of the PLO, was the man who provided financing for that attack, according to information compiled by Israeli attorney Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, director of the Shurat Hadin Israel Law Center.

Darshan-Leitner told Arutz-7 that PA sources themselves told her that it is ridiculous to claim that Abu Mazen was never involved in terrorism. In addition, Abu Daoud, who masterminded the Munich attack, has said that Abu Mazen provided the funds to carry it out. He made these charges in his autobiography, "Palestine: From Jerusalem to Munich" (published in French in 1999) and again in an interview last August in Sports Illustrated magazine. Abu Daoud called Abu Mazen "the financier of our operation" - though he later seemed to qualify this by saying that Abu Mazen did not know what the money was to be used for. Darshan-Leitner waved off this claim, saying, "Is it logical that the treasurer of Fatah did not know what was being done with the money he doled out? Everyone knew that Black September [the group that carried out the Munich massacre] was Fatah's front for terrorism!"

Darshan-Leitner has written to U.S. President Bush and German Chancellor Schroeder, calling for an investigation into Abu Mazen's role in the Munich Olympics attack. Bush praised Abu Mazen last week as "a man dedicated to peace," and indicated that he would soon invite him to the White House for talks. The lawyer's letter noted that Bush had said he would not conduct diplomacy with those tainted by terrorist pasts - but "it appears that the new Palestinian leader on which the United States and Israel are now pinning all their hopes, was also involved in murderous attacks perpetrated by the PLO's Black September."

Abu Daoud, in an interview about the Munich massacre for a film called "One Day in September," admitted that Black September was merely the cover name adopted by Fatah members when they wanted to carry out terrorist attacks. WorldNetDaily.com reports that the PLO terrorist murderer recalled how Arafat and Abu Mazen both wished him luck and kissed him when he set about organizing the Munich attack.