Fatah: Munich Olympic massacre was
- Fatah: "The Munich operation... will continue to be remembered and recorded in history"
- 45 years after the massacre of the Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics, Abbas' Fatah Movement still sees the attack as "the excellent operation" and the attackers as "the heroes of the Munich operation"
Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik
45 years after the massacre at the Munich Olympics, Abbas' Fatah Movement is still honoring the planners of the murders of the 11 Israeli athletes and celebrating the terror attack.
During the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, the Palestinian terror organization Black September, a branch of Fatah, took the members of the Israeli Olympic team hostage and murdered 11 of them.
On the anniversary of the murders this month, two branches of the Fatah Movement posted photos of the terrorist murderers and comments glorifying the attack on Facebook.
Fatah's Bethlehem branch wrote a short post about "the excellent operation in Munich," posting photos of some of the terrorists:
Posted text: "Sept. 5, 1972 - Sept. 5, 2017 - the 45th anniversary of the excellent operation in Munich. On this date the Black September organization, one of the Fatah Movement's military bodies, kidnapped the Zionist Olympic delegation and took its members hostage in order to release Palestinian prisoners in the Zionist prisons."
[Facebook page of the Fatah Movement - Bethlehem Branch, Sept. 5, 2017]
Fatah's Nablus branch glorified "the heroes of the Munich operation," praised the attackers for their "courage," and referred to them as "self-sacrificing fighters" (Fedayeen). However, Fatah lied about the fact that the terrorists murdered the 11 athletes, claiming it was German snipers who killed the Israeli hostages during their attempted rescue operation (see full post below):
"The Munich operation - which demonstrated the courage and daring of the Palestinian resistance members and their self-sacrifice for the homeland and for the [Palestinian] cause - will continue to be remembered and recorded in history...
The exchanges of fire between the Palestinian self-sacrificing fighters and the snipers continued for three hours.
In the end, the failed rescue operation ended with the German snipers killing 11 Israeli athletes (sic.), and five Palestinian self-sacrificing fighters out of the eight who participated in the operation died as Martyrs (Shahids)."
[Facebook page of the Fatah Movement - Nablus Branch, Sept. 5, 2017]
[Official Fatah Facebook page, Sept. 5, 2016]
Palestinian Media Watch has documented numerous examples of Fath's glorification of the massacre of the Israeli team at the Munich Olympics, among them was a post last year on Fatah's main Facebook page, which showed the photo above of the Black September terrorists carrying out the attack, referred to as the "heroic operation."
The following is a longer excerpt of the post by Fatah's Nablus Branch in honor of the Munich Olympics massacre:
Images and text posted on the Facebook page of the Fatah Movement - Nablus Branch
The first image shows pictures of the terrorists who participated in the Munich Olympics massacre.
Text on image: "The heroes of the Munich operation"
Posted text: "The anniversary of the heroic Munich operation (i.e., Munich Olympics massacre, 11 murdered)
Communications office, [Fatah's] Nablus branch
The Munich operation - which demonstrated the courage and daring of the Palestinian resistance members and their self-sacrifice for the homeland and for the [Palestinian] cause - will continue to be remembered and recorded in history.
The Munich operation was an operation in which Israeli hostages were taken. It took place during the Olympics in Munich, Germany, on Sept. 5-6, 1972, and it was carried out by the Black September organization...
Muhammad Daoud Oudeh (Abu Daoud) (i.e., terrorist, mastermind of Munich Massacre) and Salah Khalaf (Abu Iyad) (i.e., head of Black September terror organization) thought of a powerful operation that would occupy the thoughts of the global community and advance the Palestinian cause. The idea arose when the Olympic Committee refused to include a Palestinian group in the 20th Olympics in Munich, and Abu Iyad's aide Fakhri Al-Omari (Abu Muhammad) (i.e., terrorist, founding member of Black September) suggested entering the Olympic Village and taking the Israeli athletes hostage...
At 8:00 a.m. it was published that five armed people had succeeded in penetrating the Israeli delegation's wing, killing 1 of its members, and taking 13 others as hostages. The German police surrounded the building, and snipers took position on the roofs of the adjacent buildings. Negotiations began with the self-sacrificing fighters (Fedayeen) in the presence of German Minister of the Interior [Hans-Dietrich Genscher], who in the beginning suggested that they exchange the Israeli athletes with several senior German officials - but those carrying out the operation rejected this request. The German authorities suggested an unspecified amount of money, but this request was also rejected.
During the operation, the Palestinians demanded to be provided with a plane that would fly them to Cairo together with the hostages, and two helicopters with the Palestinians and hostages on board took off for the Fürstenfeldbruck Airport. The Israeli occupation authorities sent one of the senior officers of the Israeli Security Agency to set an ambush to release the hostages (sic., then Mossad Chief Zvi Zamir was sent but reported the Germans would not let him be involved in planning the rescue attempt -Ed.), even if it would lead to their deaths - as then [Israeli] occupation Prime Minister Golda Meir stated.
Twelve German snipers (sic., five) took up several positions at the airport, whose grounds were lit by spotlights. They shot at the Palestinian self-sacrificing fighters, and the self-sacrificing fighters returned fire on the snipers. They also shot the spotlights, and darkness prevailed at the scene of the operation. The exchanges of fire between the Palestinian self-sacrificing fighters and the snipers continued for three hours.
In the end, the failed rescue operation ended with the German snipers killing 11 Israeli athletes (sic., the Palestinian terrorists murdered the Israelis), and five Palestinian self-sacrificing fighters out of the eight who participated in the operation died as Martyrs (Shahids). In addition, a German police officer and German helicopter pilot [were killed] (sic., the pilot was not killed)...
The names of the heroes who carried out the operation:
Ahmed Al-Sheikh Afif
Ahmed Taha Hamed
[Facebook page of the Fatah Movement - Nablus Branch, Sept. 5, 2017]
The Munich Olympics massacre - a terrorist attack perpetrated by the Palestinian terror organization Black September during the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, in which they murdered 11 members of the Israeli Olympic team.
Muhammad Daoud Oudeh - Member of Black September, mastermind of Munich Olympics hostage-taking and resulting murder of 11 Israeli athletes in 1972.
Abu Iyad (Salah Khalaf) - One of the founders of Fatah and head of the terror organization Black September. Attacks he planned include the murder of 11 Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics (Sept. 5, 1972) and the murder of two American diplomats in Sudan (March 1, 1973). It is commonly assumed that his assassin, a former Fatah bodyguard, was sent by the Abu Nidal Organization, a rival Palestinian faction.
Fakhri Al-Omari - Fatah member and a founding member of the Black September terror organization and top aide to Salah Khalaf, one of the founders of Fatah and the head of Black September. Fatah has credited Al-Omari with being the one who conceived the idea of the 1972 Munich Massacre in which 11 Israeli Olympic athletes were murdered, and stated that he participated in its planning. Al-Omari and Salah Khalaf were assassinated on Jan. 14, 1991 by Khalaf's bodyguard, who it is commonly assumed was recruited to do so by the Abu Nidal Organization, a rival Palestinian faction.
Headline: "The 25th anniversary of the death as a Martyr of Atef Bseiso"
"Today, Thursday [June 8, 2017], is the 25th anniversary of the death as a Martyr (Shahid) of the prominent fighter Atef Bseiso (i.e., senior PLO official, involved in Munich Massacre), who was one of the most prominent security leaders in the Fatah Movement.
The Israeli Mossad (i.e., Israeli Secret Intelligence Service) assassinated leadership member Bseiso in Paris, the capital of France, on June 8, 1992, with a handgun with a silencer, and the bullet entered his head directly while he was on a public road, in front of the Meridien Hotel.
Martyr Bseiso was one of the most prominent leaders of the Palestinian security forces, and he was included on the Israeli hit list on the pretext that he headed the cells that carried out the famous Munich operation (i.e., terror attack, 11 murdered)...
It should be noted that the Martyr acted behind the scenes, and was not a familiar face in the media. Throughout his life and his struggle in the Palestinian revolution he preferred to act far from the spotlights, but the truth about him was revealed when the Palestinian leadership talked about his legacy and his status after his assassination, and also after [former PA] President and leader Yasser Arafat described him as a great fighter and a national hero."
[Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 8, 2017]
Atef Bseiso was a senior PLO official and was involved in the 1972 Munich Massacre, in which 11 Israeli athletes were murdered. He was assassinated in Paris in 1992 by the Israeli Mossad.