History of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine Part 3
About the history of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and the conflict with Israel.
SHOULD WE BE AFRAID OF THESE GROUPS?
THE POPULAR FRONT FOR THE LIBERATION OF PALESTINE
In late June, 1976, Arab and German commandos identifying themselves as PFLP members hijacked an Air France jet, which they took to Entebbe airport in Uganda. Negotiations continued through July 1, as most of the non-Jewish prisoners were released (a practice in the tradition of Nazi selections). The affair ended with Israel's dramatic rescue of the remaining 103 hostages. Three hostages and seven terrorists were killed, as well as 20 Ugandan soldiers and the Israeli commando leader. One Israeli hostage who had been hospitalized in Uganda before the raid was believed to have been murdered by Pres. Idi Amin's security forces after the raid. The PFLP issued a denial of any involvement in the incident.
Strength and Influence Today
The PFLP strength comes not from its numbers, which Israeli sources estimated at between 5,000 and 7,000 in the mid-1970s, but from its ideologies and tactics. As a member of the so-called Rejectionist Front, it stands opposed to any peaceful settlement with Israel. Partly due to the influence of this radical faction, the PLO National Council reaffirmed its opposition to the existence of Israel and its commitment to the "armed struggle" against Israel. Tactically, the PFLP has created an international network of terrorists whose activities extend far beyond the parameters of the Mideast conflict.
Are They a Threat to Our Lives?
Yes. The PFLP's brand of terror is almost completely random. It extends to anyone and anything that can remotely be construed as interfering with the interests of the Palestinians. This includes the obvious Israeli and Jewish targets (among them numerous individual assassinations and assassination attempts not detailed here), as well as targets from many other countries, primarily Germany, France, Britain, and the U.S. Because of the PFLP's revolutionary posture, their operations have also attacked fellow Arabs, both within the Palestinian movement and within the Arab regimes.
The man behind these operations, the late Dr. Wadi Haddad, had developed contacts with the Baader-Meinhof gang, the Japanese Red Army, and other terror groups. Under the direct supervision of "Carlos," these organizations lend terrorist agents to the PFLP and vice-versa for each organization's operations. Primarily bankrolled by Iraq, Libya, and ransom money and with working relationships with South Yemen, Algeria, and Uganda, the tightening links between terrorist groups make them all the more dangerous.
The ever escalating terror of the PFLP threatens us by virtue of its randomness, viciousness, and unpredictability. It is no longer possible to avoid a war by simply not entering the war zone. PFLP terror strikes anywhere. It is a threat to us almost literally everywhere we go.
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