Abu Nidal began his long and bloody career in the PLO, only to become a bitter rival of Yasser Arafat. It was a situation that the Israeli Mossad, in a manner similar to their CIA cousins, would seek to exploit.
As Middle East expert Patrick Seale writes:
Israeli penetration of Palestinian organizations was common, but it was clearly not the whole story. Most intelligence sources I consulted agreed that it was standard practice to use penetration agents not simply to neutralize or destroy the enemy but to try to manipulate him so that he did one’s bidding without always being aware of doing
Whatever jobs [Abu Nidal] might have done for Arab sponsors, and they had been numerous and nasty, he had done many other jobs from which Israel alone appeared to benefit.”(1312)
Confirming Seale’s theory are top Middle East terrorism experts, including intelligence officers in Arab countries, and even within Abu Nidal’s own organization.
One French terrorism expert stated: “If Abu Nidal himself is not an Israeli agent, then two or three of his senior people most certainly are. Nothing else can explain some of his operations.”
A former senior Jordanian intelligence officer said: “Scratch around inside Abu Nidal’s organization and you will find Mossad.”
Backing up these reports was a former member of Abu Nidal’s own Justice Committee, who told Seale that Mossad agents captured by Abu Nidal were usually killed very quickly to prevent them from confessing their true motives. Abu Iyad, former chief of PLO Intelligence, added, “Every Palestinian who works in intelligence is convinced that Israel has a big hand in Abu Nidal’s affairs.”(1313)
Nidal’s organization has been responsible for some of the most brutal acts of terrorism in the world. According to the State Department, Abu Nidal has carried out more than 100 acts or terrorism that have resulted in the deaths of over 280 people. Some of these attacks include the 1986 grenade and machine-gun assaults on El Al counters at the Rome and Vienna airports, attacks on synagogues, and assassinations of Palestinian moderates.
He (Iyad) had told me that Abu Nidal’s murdering Palestinian moderates was connected with [former Israeli Prime Minister] Begin’s determination never to negotiate with Palestinians for fear of losing the West Bank. For Begin (who had once called the Palestinians “two-legged animals” worthy of extinction), the moderates, who wanted to negotiate, were the real danger and had to be eliminated. If the Israelis had in fact infiltrated Abu Nidal’s organization, perhaps some spymaster in Jerusalem had said, ‘We’ve got someone who can do the job for us.’
Abu Nidal’s most well-known attack was on a Greek cruise ship in 1988 that left nine people dead and 80 wounded. As Seale points out regarding the attack on the vessel City of Poros, “no conceivable Palestinian or Arab interest was served by such random savagery.”
In fact, Greece was the European country most sympathetic to the Palestinian cause, its prime minister, Andreas Papandreou, often defending Arabs against Israel’s charges of terrorism. After the attack, Greece was furious with the Palestinians, who had damaged the Greek tourist trade and hastened the fall of the Papandreou regime.
The motive, as in the Achille Lauro attack, was apparently to cast the Palestinians as heartless murderers.
Several sources that Seale consulted were convinced the attack was a typical Mossad operation. (1314)
What is curious is that Israel has never punished Abu Nidal’s organization.Israel has a long-standing policy of launching immediate and massive retaliation against any terrorist attack. While Israeli forces have bombed, shelled and raided Palestinian and Shi’ite positions in Lebanon, and have sent hit teams to kill Palestinian guerrilla leaders in other countries, they have never attacked Abu Nidal. Given Israel’s harsh and unrelenting policy of retribution against terrorist attacks, this seems more than a bit bizarre. As Seale concludes: Abu Nidal is a professional killer who has sold his deadly services certainly to the Arabs and perhaps to the Israelis as well. His genius has been to understand that states will commit any crime in the name of national interest. A criminal
like Abu Nidal can flourish doing their dirty work.(1315) Former DEA agent
A curious feature of Abu Nidal’s terrorism is that more than 50 percent of it has been directed against Arab and Palestinian rivals. The ANO’s vicious war against the PLO has led to Arab claims that it was secretly manipulated by Israel’s Mossad secret service. According to this seemingly far-fetched hypothesis, the Mossad penetrated Abu Nidal’s organization and has manipulated Abu Nidal to carry out atrocities that would discredit the Palestinian cause.
The hypothesis is based on four main points:
* Abu Nidal killings have damaged the Palestinian cause to Israel’s advantage
* the suspicious behavior of some of Abu Nidal’s officials
* the lack of attacks on Israel
* lack of involvement in the Intifada, and Israel’s failure to retaliate against Abu Nidal’s groups.
Another distinctive feature of Abu Nidal’s terrorism is that the ANO has generally not concerned itself with captured ANO members, preferring to abandon them to their fate rather than to attempt to bargain for their release. These traits would seem to suggest that the ANO has been more a product of its leader’s paranoid psychopathology than his ideology
SUMMARY: — The Mossad in a attempt to sway world opinion in favor of Zionist Jews or provoke a armed reaction constantly stages events and blames Arabs. In this episode the Zionists use Mossad operative Arabs to hijack a cruise ship.
The crowning scene – played over and over – is where the Mossad Arabs throw a 75 yr old Jewish man, Leon Klinghoffer, over the side in his wheelchair.
Jewish version …….. Achille Lauro Hijacking Oct 7, 1985
Four heavily armed Palestinian terrorists in October hijack the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro, carrying more than 400 passengers and crew, off Egypt. The hijackers demand that Israel free 50 Palestinian prisoners. The terrorists killed a disabled American tourist, 69-year-old Leon Klinghoffer, and threw his body overboard with his wheelchair.
After a two-day drama, the hijackers surrendered in exchange for a pledge of safe passage. But when an Egyptian jet tries to fly the hijackers to freedom, U.S. Navy F-14 fighters intercept it and force it to land in Sicily. The terrorists are taken into custody by Italian authorities. Counter- terrorist units from the U.S responded, including elements of Delta Force and SEAL Team Six, however the situation was resolved before an assault became necessary. The terrorist group who hijacked the Achille Lauro was the Palestine Liberation Front.
The hi-jacking of the Italian cruise ship the Achille Lauro by “Palestinian terrorists” was later reliably reported by former IDF arms dealer Ari Ben-Menashe in his 1992 book, Profits of War: Inside the Secret U.S.-Israeli Arms Network, to have been ordered and funded by Mossad.
Ben-Menashe revealed that Israeli intelligence organizations regularly engaged in “black operations,” espionage activity designed to portray Palestinians and others in the worst possible light. “An example,” wrote Ben-Menashe, “is the case of the ‘Palestinian’ attack on the cruise ship Achille Lauro in 1985. That was, in fact, an Israeli ‘black’ propaganda operation to show what a deadly, cutthroat bunch the Palestinians were. ” According to Ben-Menashe, Israeli spymasters arranged the attack through “Abu’l Abbas, who, to follow such orders was receiving millions from Israeli intelligence officers posing as Sicilian dons. Abbas . . . gathered a team to attack the cruise ship. The team was told to make it bad, to show the world what lay in store for other unsuspecting citizens if Palestinian demands were not met.
As the world knows, the group picked on an elderly American Jewish man in a wheelchair, killed him, and threw his body overboard. They made their point. But for Israel, it was the best kind of anti-Palestinian propaganda.” It should be noted that in April 1996, Abbas returned to Gaza and in a show of support for Yasser Arafat apologized for the hi-jacking and the killing of the American Jewish passenger Leon Klinghoffer without mentioning him by name, saying, “The hi-jacking was a mistake, and there were no orders to kill civilians.” Abbas made no mention of Mossad involvement in the hi-jacking according to the April 23, 1996 Associated Press report.
The Abu Nidal Organisation took the name from its founder Sabri al-Banna but like other terrorist organisations, it also went by a variety of other names. Here are some of the common ones.
Arab• Revolutionary Brigades (ARB)
Arab Revolutionary Council•
Black June• Organisation (BJO)
Black September Organisation (BSO)•
Fatah• al-Qiyadah al-Thawriyyah
Fatah Revolutionary Council (FRC)•
• Revolutionary Organisation of Socialist Muslims (ROSM)
Fatah the• Revolutionary Council (FRC)
Date … Location Action
Sept 1972 .. * Munich Germany Olympics killing of Israelis athletes
Sep 1973..Paris, France Attacked Saudi Arabian Embassy
Oct 1974.Damascus, Syria Assassination attempt on Arafat
Sep 1976.Damascus, Syria Attacked Semiramis Hotel
Oct 1976..Rome, Italy Attacked Syrian Embassy
Oct 1976.Islamabad, Pakistan Attacked Syrian Embassy
Nov 1976.Amman, Jordan Occupied International Hotel
Dec 1976..Syria Assassination attempt on Syrian Minister of Foreign Affairs
Oct 1977..Abu Dhabi Killed UAE Secretary of State, Foreign Affairs
Jan 1978..London, England Assassination of PLO representative
Feb 1978..Cyprus Assassination of the chairman of the Egyptian Press Trade Union
Jun 1978..Kuwait Assassination of PLO representatives
Mar 1980..Madrid, Spain Assassination of Spanish lawyer thought to be Jewish leader Max Mazini
Jul 1980…Brussels, Belgium Claimed responsibility for killing the Israeli Commerce Attaché
May 1981…Vienna, Austria Murdered City Councilman and threatened to kill Austrian Chancellor
Aug 1981…Vienna, Austria Machine-gunned a synagogue, killing two and injuring 17
Jun 1982..London, England Attempted assassination of Israeli Ambassador
Jun 1982…Rome, Italy Killed PLO official Husayn Kamal with a car bomb
Aug 1982… *Paris, France Killed six and injured 22 in a grenade and machinegun attack on a restaurant frequented by French Jews
Aug 1982.Bombay, India Attempted murder of UAE Consul
Aug 1982.Kuwait Shot and wounded UAE diplomat
Sep 1982.Madrid, Spain Assassinated Kuwaiti diplomat
Oct 1982.Rome, Italy Killed a child and injured ten in a grenade and machinegun attack on a synagogue
Apr 1983..Lisbon, Portugal Murdered PLO official Issam Sartawi at a conference
October 1983….Rome, Italy Attempted to kill the Jordanian Ambassador to Italy
Oct 1983..New Delhi, India Severely wounded the Jordanian Ambassador to India
Nov 1983.Athens, Greece Attacked security guards in front of the Jordanian Embassy, killing one guard and injuring another
Dec 1983.IzTnir, Turkey Bombing of the French Cultural Centre
Feb 1984.Paris, France Murdered the UAE Ambassador to France
Mar 1984..Athens, Greece Assassinated a British diplomat
Nov 1984..Bombay, India Assassinated British High Commissioner
Dec 1984.Rome, Italy Killed Arafat-supporter Ismail Darwish
Dec 1984.Bucharest, Romania Assassinated Jordanian diplomat
Mar 1985.Beirut, Lebanon Kidnapped and suspected murder of British journalist
Mar 1985.Rome, Italy Attacked Alia, the Royal Jordanian Airlines office injuring three
Apr 1985.Athens, Greece Fired a rocket at an Alia airliner damaging fuselage
Jul 1985.Madrid, Spain Bombed a British Airways office killing one and injuring 27
Jul 1985..Madrid, Spain ..Attacked Alia offices injuring two
Jul 1985..Ankara, Turkey Assassinated the first secretary of the Jordanian Embassy
Sep 1985..Rome, Italy Grenade attack on a cafe wounding 38
Sep 1985… *Malta Hijacked an Egyptian airliner where 60 people were killed in the rescue attempt
Dec 1985… *Rome and Vienna Attacked both airports with machineguns and grenades killing 16 and injuring 60
Jul 1986… *City of Poros, Greece Attacked excursion ship
Sep 1986… *Karachi, Pakistan Hijacked Pan Am flight 73 killing 17 and wounding over 150
Sep 1986..Istanbul, Turkey Attacked Neve Shalom synagogue killing 22
April 1986 — *Berlin Germany Attack on LaBelle Disco killing 3 US serviceman
Sep 1987…West Bank, Lebanon Bombing of restaurant wounding 15 people
Nov 1987…Israel Hijacked a yacht off the coast taking eight hostages
Mar 1988..Bombay, India Attacked Alitalia airlines crew aboard a commuter bus, seriously wounding the captain
May 1988..Nicosia, Cyprus Detonated a car bomb near the Israeli Embassy, killing three and injuring 17
May 1988.Khartoum, Sudan Gunmen attack hotel and club killing eight (five British) and injuring 21
Dec 1988. Lockerbie Killed 299 people
Originally posted by Skunk