Zionist Organization of America press release, November 23, 1999
Newsweek has revealed that Yasir Arafat supplied the
weapons used by the Iranian-sponsored terrorists who killed 241 American
Marines in Beirut in 1983.
In its issue of November 15, 1999, Newsweek reports:
learned that a National Security Agency phone tap recorded a Sept. 24, 1983
call from the Iranian ambassador relayed orders he’d given to Abu Haidar,
leader of the Husaini Suicide Forces Movement. The ambassador told Haidar
to get weapons from Yasir Arafat’s Fatah group to ‘undertake an
extraordinary operation against the Marines’ in Beirut.”
The attack on the
U.S. Marines barracks in Beirut took place shortly thereafter.
An article in Arafat’s official newspaper, Al Hayat Al Jadidah,
written by the newspaper’s editor, Hafez al-Barghouti, praised the Arab
terrorist who carried out the Beirut attack as
“a holy martyr who suckled
from his mother’s bosom the pure jihad tradition.” (November 23, 1997)
Morton A. Klein, National President of the Zionist Organization of
America, called on the Clinton administration and the U.S. Congress to
immediately appoint a bipartisan commission to investigate Arafat’s role in
the 1983 attack, and the ramifications for relations between the United
States and Arafat’s Palestinian Authority–including whether or not the
U.S. should give Arafat the proposed $400-million in additional aid.
Arafat and the PLO have been involved in many other attacks in
which American citizens were killed:
- Israel’s Deputy Education Minister has said that Israeli
intelligence has evidence Arafat took part in the discussions by terrorist
leaders planning the bombing of the World Trade Center in New York City, in
which six people were killed and over 100 injured. (Jerusalem Post, June
- During the 1970s and 1980s, Arafat’s Fatah group and other
member-organizations of Arafat’s PLO carried out numerous hijackings,
bombings, and other attacks in which dozens of American citizens were
killed and many more injured. Among those killed by the PLO were Cleo
Noel, the U.S. Ambassador to Sudan; Frances Meloy, the U.S. Ambassador to
Lebanon; and Gail Rubin, the niece of U.S. Senator Abraham Ribicoff.
- The current chief of Palestinian General Intelligence, Amin
el-Hindi, and another longtime senior PLO official, Abu Daoud, masterminded
the attack on the 1972 Munich Olympics, in which 12 people –including U.S.
citizen David Berger of Ohio– were killed.
- Arafat is presently sheltering 23 Palestinian Arab terrorists
whom Israel has identified has having taken part in attacks in which 12
American citizens were killed in Israel since 1993. At least four of the 23
are serving in Arafat’s police force.