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Confirmed: Arafat Paid Father of Dolphinarium Terrorist

First Publish: 9/13/2004, 7:51 PM / Last Update: 9/13/2004, 9:48 PM

Recently released documents captured during Operation Defensive Shield confirm that the family of the suicide bomber who attacked the beach front Dolphinarium dance club in Tel Aviv was awarded $2000 by Yassir Arafat. Arafat also sent the terrorist’s father a letter in which he praised his son’s murderous act.

The attack on the Dolphinarium was one of the most brutal massacres of the entire Oslo War, killing 21 people, mostly teens, on a Friday night in August 2001. Over 120 persons were injured in the powerful bomb blast. Hassan Khutari, a Hamas terrorist, carried out the attack.

During Operation Defensive Shield, two documents from the “Institute for Caring for Victims’ Families” – a division of the “Palestinian Welfare Ministry” – were discovered in Arafat’s ‘Mukata’ headquarters in Ramallah. The captured data documented the transfer of the $2000 award to the terrorist’s father, who was living in Jordan at the time. The transfer took place despite the fact that the terrorist was a member of Hamas, and that the both Arafat and the suicide bomber’s father publicly denounced the attack.

Arutz-7 correspondent Haggai Huberman adds that the transfer of funds to Jordan was done through a branch of the Arab Bank, in El-Bireh, near Ramallah. The bank is known to be the preferred channel of the P.A. and other terror groups for funneling money to the families of imprisoned terrorists, terrorist operatives themselves and the families of dead terrorists.

Days after the money was transferred to Jordan, a German television station reported that Arafat, via the P.A. “ambassador” to Jordan, sent the terrorist’s father a letter “praising” the “act” of his son, describing him as “an extraordinary model of strength, manliness and willingness for self-sacrifice.”

Arafat’s office had denied the report, saying the letter was a forgery, but the release of the documents discovered during Defensive Shield now confirm the German report.