August 18, 1997
In another blatant violation of the Oslo accords,
Palestinian Authority cabinet minister Hanan Ashrawi has vowed that the
will “never” extradite any terrorists to Israel.
In an interview on the PLO’s Voice of Palestine Radio, on August 12,
1997, Ashrawi was asked “Is it possible to extradite a Palestinian to
She replied: “This is simply impossible. It has never happened and will
never happen. The Palestinian leadership is determined and has taken very clear
decisions on this matter. It is unthinkable and is not even being
The PLO is required by Oslo II to extradite all terrorists whom Israel
requests (Annex IV, Article 2, par.7b & par.7f ). This requirement was
reaffirmed in the Note for the Record attached to the January 1997 Hebron
The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) is urging Secretary of State
Madeleine Albright to publicly denounce Ashrawi’s statement and pressure
the PLO to fulfill its Oslo obligation by honoring Israel’s requests for the
transfer 31 terrorists.
Earlier this year, an Israeli Government report revealed that 11 of the
31 wanted terrorists “are either serving in the Palestinian police or are
in the process of joining its ranks.”
Israeli Justice Minister Tzahi Hanegbi has said that the wanted
terrorists who are serving in the PLO-PA police or government are given
promotions in accordance with how many Jews they have murdered.
The government report concluded that “The PA’s failure to
transfer terror suspects to Israel is a flagrant violation of the Oslo
By refusing to turn them over to Israel, the PA has allowed terrorists to
go unpunished, thereby encouraging others to carry out attacks in the
knowledge that they will not have to answer for their actions.”
Four of the terrorists whom Israel wants extradited were involved in
the murder of American citizens:
Nafez Mahmoud Sabih – helped plan several suicide bombings in 1996,
including the February 1996 attack on a Jerusalem bus, in which Jewish
Theological Seminary students Sara Duker and Matthew Eisenfeld were
Muhi a-Din a-Sharif – transported the explosives to the terrorist who
carried out the August 1995 attack on a Jerusalem bus, in which Connecticut
schoolteacher Joan Davenny was murdered.
Abd al-Majid Dudin – trained terrorists who carried out several suicide
bombings, including the terrorist who carried out the August 1995 attack on
a Jerusalem bus, in which Connecticut schoolteacher Joan Davenny was
Israel is also in the process of requesting the extradition of Amjad
Hanawi, who was involved in the May 1996 drive-by murder of David Boim, a
17 year-old American-Israeli.