Yasir Arafat's Timeline of Terror
Members of the media are focusing much attention on Yasir Arafat's legacy. Many of the historical briefs and timelines being published whitewash his
decades-long involvement in terrorism. While they note that Arafat led Fatah and the PLO, the terrorist acts committed by these groups are often
For example, a Nov. 4 AP timeline, reproduced in the publications and Web sites of many different media outlets, lists only one failed act of sabotage
in 1965, 3 suicide bombings in December of 2001 and one in 2002.
In fact, groups under Arafat's direct or indirect command – including Fatah, Black September, Tanzim and Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade – were responsible
for hundreds of bombings, hijackings, assassinations and other attacks, including the 1972 murder of 11 of Israel's Olympic athletes in Munich, the
1973 murder of the American ambassador to Sudan, Cleo Noel, and the 1985 hijacking of the Achille Lauro cruiseship (resulting in the murder of
wheelchair-bound Leon Klinghoffer).
The AP timeline instead highlights Israel's anti-PLO actions without providing the reason – decades of terrorist attacks against innocent civilians.
Not only is the PLO's history of international hijackings, kidnappings and child murders ignored, the terrorist organization and Arafat's
leadership of it are actually praised:
Feb. 4, 1969: Arafat takes over PLO chairmanship, transforms it into a dynamic force that makes Palestinian cause known worldwide.
A Knight-Ridder/Tribune timeline of Arafat's life that appeared in Newsday only mentions terror once, in 2001: “Blamed for not controlling terrorist
attacks on Israel by Hamas, other radicals.” Typical of many of the flawed timelines, it implies only that Arafat failed to control terror, not that
he was actively involved in funding and supporting it.
In order to report on Arafat's history objectively, one must include his decades-long involvement in terror, his goal of destroying Israel, and his
siphoning of hundreds of millions of dollars from money donated to help the Palestinian people that went instead into his own private accounts.
Yasir Arafat is known to many as the “father of modern terrorism.” Below is a timeline of some of the key events of his life and terrorist acts with
which he was associated. (prepared by www.camera.org)
Key Events in Yasir Arafat's Terrorist Career
– Aug 4, 1929: Arafat born in Cairo. Muhammad Abdel Rahman Abdel Rauf al-Qudwa al-Husseini is fifth child of prosperous merchant, Abdel Raouf al-Qudwa
– 1933: Arafat's mother dies. He and his infant brother are sent to live with uncle in Jerusalem.
– Late 1950's: Arafat co-founds Fatah, the “Movement for the National Liberation of Palestine.”
– Jan. 1, 1965: Fatah fails in its first attempted attack within Israel — the bombing of the National Water Carrier.
– July 5, 1965: A Fatah cell plants explosives at Mitzpe Massua, near Beit Guvrin; and on the railroad tracks to Jerusalem near Kafr Battir.
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[edit on 12-11-2004 by MattMarriott]