Moshe Weinbereg, Yossef Romano, Ze’ev Friedman. David Berger. Yaakov Springer. Eliezer Halfin, Yossed Gutfreund, Kehat Shorr, Mark Slavin, Andre Spitzer, Amitzur Shapira. Who are these 11 people? They’re the athletes (apart from US citizen Berger, all Israelis) massacred during the 1972 summer Olympics [1, 2]. The Munich attack’s terrorist mastermind, Mohammed Daoud Oudeh (‘Abu Daoud’)  wrote an autobiography, Palestine: From Jersusalem to Munich, which won the 1999 Palestine Prize for Culture. In it, Daoud reveals that Mahmoud Abbas (‘Abu Mazen’) – PLO Chairman since late 2004 and Palestinian National Authority President since early 2005  – provided the funds and instructions to Black September for the 1972 Munich attack . Daoud reiterated this in a 2002 Sports Illustrated interview . Though you’d reckon Daoud would know Abbas’s Munich role, the fact is Abbas wasn’t targeted by ‘Operation Wrath of God’  or ‘Operation Spring of Youth’ . But Daoud and Abbas were close: After Daoud died last 3 July, Abbas wrote in a condolence letter: ‘He is missed. He was one of the leading figures of Fatah and spent his life in resistance and sincere work as well as physical sacrifice for his people’s just cause’ . Do you think the man who wrote that three months ago could be, by any yardstick, a genuine partner in peace negotiations? Don’t answer that – it’s a rhetorical question.
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