Funeral of Amin Al-Hindi of Munich massacre infamy – a Star who Sparkled

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    26th August 2010

    Via CifWatch comes this from PalWatch

    PA and Abbas honor terrorist planner of Olympics massacre

    Abbas at the funeral of Al-Hindi (Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 19, 2010)


    After Amin Al-Hindi, one of the senior planners of the terror operation, died this week, the Palestinian Authority glorified him and his terror attack. The official PA daily described his participation in the Olympic massacre, saying he was “one of the stars who sparkled… at the sports stadium in Munich.” The attack itself was referred to as “just one of many shining stations” in his life.

    The PA daily reports that Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Salam Fayyad were at the funeral, where “a red carpet was laid out for the arrival of the body, and the military band played the final farewell melody.”

    And from Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, via PalWatch :

    “Everyone knows that Amin Al-Hindi was one of the stars who sparkled at one of the stormiest points on the international level – the operation that was carried out at the [Olympics] sports stadium in Munich, Germany, in 1972. That was just one of many shining stations.”

    [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 20,2010]

    What to make of this? Realpolitik, or evidence of a deep-seated, ongoing mindset?

    Abbas and Fayyad are both often praised by Tony Blair for their steps towards a settlement in the Israel/Palestine issue. Whether or not their hearts were in the spirit of this funeral we will likely never know. But it’s worth noting, particularly if you are one of those who leans only in one direction with your sympathy and empathy.

    Middle East Quartet Representative Tony Blair met with Abbas a few days after Al-Hindi's funeral, to talk on future negotiations.

    Some might suggest – if ever we needed evidence of the enormous gap between what we in the west think “starlike” compared to our friends in the Middle East, this is it.

    Retain this in your memory files. We might find we need it some day.

    • Wikipedia today, on Amin Al-Hindi.
    • The Scotsman has an obituary here

    Excerpt from last link above. Abbas’s words:

    The following is the transcript from the official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida [my bolding]:

    “‘We don’t accept the statement [of Hamas]: a [Palestinian] state of resistance and refusal. What we hear from everyone is that the basis is negotiations, at a time that the entire world agrees about this, despite the absence of other options, we either have negotiations or no negotiations, what has put Israel in the corner.
    We are unable to confront Israel militarily, and this point was discussed at the Arab League Summit in March in Sirt (Libya). There I turned to the Arab States and I said: ‘If you want war, and if all of you will fight Israel, we are in favor. But the Palestinians will not fight alone because they don’t have the ability to do it.’ He [Abbas] said: ‘The West Bank was completely destroyed and we will not agree that it will be destroyed again,’ in addition to ‘the inability to confront Israel militarily.’”
    [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida (Fatah), July 6, 2010]

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