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Terror suspects behind Entebbe affair give themselves up
Reuters ^ | Feb 4, 07

Posted on 02/04/2007 5:16:05 PM PST by abu afak

After 19 years on the run, German police arrest members of RZ group, which was involved in hijacking Air France plane with dozens of Israelis on board in 1976

Two suspected members of a German left-wing terror group which took part in some of the most notorious hostage dramas of the 1970s have surrendered to authorities after 19 years on the run.

Federal state prosecutors in Karlsruhe said on Sunday that the two suspected members of the "Revolutionaere Zellen" (RZ), or Revolutionary Cells, had given themselves up in December.

RZ members helped Carlos the Jackal take ministers hostage at an OPEC conference in Vienna in 1975. Two RZ members were killed in July 1976 when the Air France plane they helped hijack was stormed by Israeli special forces in Entebbe, Uganda.

The group emerged in the early 1970s from the radical left-wing scene in Germany, which also spawned the Red Army Faction (RAF), also known as the Baader-Meinhof gang.

According to the website of the Interior Ministry of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, the RZ were responsible for at least 295 attacks between 1973 and 1995.

German weekly magazine Der Spiegel reported that the two suspects were "a couple"....."

(Excerpt) Read more at ynetnews.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Israel; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 1976; adc; airfrance; baadermeinhof; baadermeinhofgang; entebbe; germany; idiamin; imadhamad; iraq; israel; libya; pflp; revolutionaerezellen; revolutionarycells; rz; terrorism; uganda

1 posted on 02/04/2007 5:16:09 PM PST by abu afak
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To: abu afak

It'd be a real shame if they were to meet with an "accident".


2 posted on 02/04/2007 5:17:45 PM PST by Excuse_My_Bellicosity (Liberalism is a social disease.)
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To: abu afak

Bump!


3 posted on 02/04/2007 5:19:53 PM PST by mdittmar (May God watch over those who serve,and have served, to keep us free.)
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To: abu afak

are we sure it's not 29 years??


4 posted on 02/04/2007 5:19:55 PM PST by xcamel (Press to Test, Release to Detonate)
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To: abu afak

Maybe they'll get a chance to watch "The King of Scotland" while they're serving their lengthy prison terms.


5 posted on 02/04/2007 5:23:46 PM PST by AdvisorB
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To: abu afak

19?


6 posted on 02/04/2007 5:25:49 PM PST by nuconvert ([there's a lot of bad people in the pistachio business] (...but his head is so tiny...))
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To: abu afak
from the article:
"The two were given a conditional release from custody but were likely to be charged with belonging to a terrorist organization, the spokesman added."

Looks like the German govt is not very serious about this ...uh..."arrest."

7 posted on 02/04/2007 5:26:58 PM PST by Tainan (Talk is cheap. Silence is golden. All I got is brass...lotsa brass.)
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To: xcamel
are we sure it's not 29 years??

Don't forget, Germany is on the metric system.

8 posted on 02/04/2007 5:28:41 PM PST by Mr. Brightside
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To: mdittmar; Cindy; SJackson; Alouette; Yehuda

KAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHH --Ping


9 posted on 02/04/2007 5:31:10 PM PST by abu afak (Mellita, domi adsum)
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To: abu afak
The two were given a conditional release from custody but were likely to be charged with belonging to a terrorist organization, the spokesman added.

Nineteen (or twenty nine) years on the run, and upon being arrested, they are released from custody?

10 posted on 02/04/2007 5:33:50 PM PST by Mr. Brightside
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To: abu afak
In was in Germany when the Berlin Wall came down and "Wiedervereinigung" (reunification) with East Germany came about. There were a whole bunch of Bader-Meinhoff types who were uncovered in what used to be the DDR, but was then being called "the five new federal republics" of Germany.

There was a lot of bad blood between the German police and the B-M types, and the terrorists didn't seem to have much luck turning themselves in. I remember one punk named Beer or Beers who managed to get himself shot to death "while escaping" with two broken legs and wearing hand and ankle cuffs. Oh, and then for some reason he decided to take a nap on the S-Bahn tracks.

Such episodes probably contributed to R-Z's reluctance to come out of the cold for so long.
11 posted on 02/04/2007 5:38:19 PM PST by struwwelpeter
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To: Mr. Brightside
Don't forget, Germany is on the metric system.

LOL!


"My car gets forty rods to the hogshead
and that's the way I likes it!"

12 posted on 02/04/2007 5:39:44 PM PST by SquirrelKing
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To: abu afak

http://www.benadorassociates.com/article/700

November 24, 2003

THE AXIS OF TERROR
Carlos the Jackal pledges alliance to Osama bin Laden

FEW CONVICTED MURDERERS and hijackers accept the label "terrorist." One who does--indeed, who embraces terrorism as among man's "noblest pursuits"--is a Venezuelan now serving a life sentence for murder in France. He is Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, better known as "Carlos the Jackal."

He has just published a book in French to announce his conversion to Islam and present his strategy for "the destruction of the United States through an orchestrated and persistent campaign of terror." Entitled "Revolutionary Islam" (Editions du Rocher, 2003) and published under the name Ilich Ramírez Sánchez-CARLOS, the book urges "all revolutionaries, including those of the left, even atheists," to accept the leadership of Islamists such as Osama bin Laden and so help turn Afghanistan and Iraq into the "graveyards of American imperialism."

Son of a militant Communist, Ilich was sent to Moscow to study at Patrice Lumumba University, an institution set up by the KGB to train terrorists from the Third World. That was in the 1970s, when the most fashionable cause was opposition to the U.S. intervention in Indochina.

Ilich opted for the less fashionable cause of Palestine, and soon moved to Lebanon, where he trained for operations organized by George Habash's People's Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). (snip)


13 posted on 02/04/2007 5:41:53 PM PST by donna
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To: Tainan

Germany isn't great about keeping any terrorists in custody...I don't think this is the first time.


14 posted on 02/04/2007 5:42:52 PM PST by Txsleuth (Duncan Hunter 2008)
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To: abu afak
Operation commander Yonatan Netanyahu was the only soldier killed during the Entebbe rescue. He was the older brother of eventual Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. His story is found here.
15 posted on 02/04/2007 5:45:34 PM PST by tang-soo (Prophecy of the Seventy Weeks - Read Daniel Chapter 9)
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To: abu afak

Thank you abu afak for the ping.

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16 posted on 02/04/2007 6:59:48 PM PST by Cindy
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To: Cindy; sofaman; Txsleuth; Knitting A Conundrum; FARS; hegemony

ping


17 posted on 02/04/2007 7:27:05 PM PST by RDTF (They should have put down Barbarello instead of Barbaro)
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To: Cindy; sofaman; Txsleuth; Knitting A Conundrum; FARS; hegemony

ping


18 posted on 02/04/2007 7:27:07 PM PST by RDTF (They should have put down Barbarello instead of Barbaro)
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To: Cindy

I'm a little slow tonight. Blame it on football.


19 posted on 02/04/2007 7:29:13 PM PST by RDTF (They should have put down Barbarello instead of Barbaro)
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To: RDTF

I read that article earlier...before FR shut down.

I wonder what Bibi is going to do??

I bet he isn't happy about the terrorists being let go.


20 posted on 02/04/2007 7:30:30 PM PST by Txsleuth
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To: Txsleuth

FR shut down? I just logged on, didn't know.


21 posted on 02/04/2007 7:31:24 PM PST by RDTF (They should have put down Barbarello instead of Barbaro)
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To: RDTF

Yeppers...it was down for about 30 minutes or so, I think.


22 posted on 02/04/2007 7:32:11 PM PST by Txsleuth
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To: RDTF

That's ok.
Good game tonight.

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23 posted on 02/04/2007 7:32:22 PM PST by Cindy
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To: abu afak
the radical left-wing scene

That's what it was: a "scene." A fad. A hip new urban mode with a cachet of Danger and Purpose. What it meant was people dead, lives ruined, and a world aflame.

Now that the kitsch is gone, after a lifetime on the run, these slime are ready to meet justice.

Of course, we'll hear the usual blandishments from the media and the pinko fellow travelers: they should be forgiven; they've paid their debt; they were just innocents caught up in an insane milieu.

There should be no mercy for these wretches. If Saddam Hussein hanged for his crimes, so should they.

24 posted on 02/04/2007 7:34:56 PM PST by IronJack (=)
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To: Txsleuth

did you see this? pics, etc (linked from above article)

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3270234,00.html

Special: Entebbe’s open wound

Tensions remain between Netanyahu family, whose memory of their beloved son Yoni has reached almost mythical proportions, and fellow commando unit members, who continue to cast aspersions on his functioning during rescue mission. Senior unit members: First problem was that Yoni missed much of the planning stage.

Sharon Roffe-Ofir Published: 07.02.06, 23:46


25 posted on 02/04/2007 7:41:02 PM PST by RDTF (They should have put down Barbarello instead of Barbaro)
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To: donna

Some things to remember: the PFLP was originally called "Black September" (anyone know any major terror events occurring in that month?), the PFLP was trained and funded by the Soviet Union (including Carlos the Jackal), and the PFLP gleefully recruits orthodox jihadists for suicide missions despite the PFLP being an athiestic, communist front.


26 posted on 02/04/2007 7:50:25 PM PST by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: abu afak; Dog; section9; Nick Danger
"... the two suspected members of the "Revolutionaere Zellen" (RZ), or Revolutionary Cells, had given themselves up in December. RZ members helped Carlos the Jackal take ministers hostage at an OPEC conference in Vienna in 1975."

It's worth noting that by being agressive...taking the war to the terrorists in Somalia, Sudan, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Liberia, Iraq, the Philippines, etc...that we are gleening intel that is rooting out older terrorists who would otherwise have managed to remain on the run.

27 posted on 02/04/2007 7:53:49 PM PST by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: RDTF

I just went and read the whole thing.

What a tragic story...I hate reading that it is still an open wound. I pray that with these terrorists hopefully, eventually behind bars...the Netanyahu family and the comrades of Yoni will be able to put this behind them.


28 posted on 02/04/2007 7:54:02 PM PST by Txsleuth
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To: abu afak

bump


29 posted on 02/04/2007 8:46:52 PM PST by true_blue_texican (...against all enemies, foreign and domestic...)
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To: Mr. Brightside
Don't forget, Germany is on the metric system.

Yeah, why are we fooling around with "years." Kilodays should be the new standard.

30 posted on 02/04/2007 8:50:12 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck
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To: Txsleuth; All

"Germany isn't great about keeping any terrorists in custody."

Maybe they were let out so they can be followed and others found, or perhaps they will have an accident soon.


31 posted on 02/04/2007 10:10:42 PM PST by gleeaikin
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To: dennisw; Cachelot; Nix 2; veronica; Catspaw; knighthawk; Alouette; Optimist; weikel; Lent; GregB; ..
If you'd like to be on this middle east/political ping list, please FR mail me.

High volume. Articles on Israel can also be found by clicking on the Topic or Keyword Israel, WOT

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32 posted on 02/05/2007 7:26:06 AM PST by SJackson (Let a thousand flowers bloom and let all our rifles be aimed at the occupation, Abu Mazen 1/11/07)
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To: dennisw; Cachelot; Nix 2; veronica; Catspaw; knighthawk; Alouette; Optimist; weikel; Lent; GregB; ..
If you'd like to be on this middle east/political ping list, please FR mail me.

High volume. Articles on Israel can also be found by clicking on the Topic or Keyword Israel, WOT

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33 posted on 02/05/2007 7:26:52 AM PST by SJackson (Let a thousand flowers bloom and let all our rifles be aimed at the occupation, Abu Mazen 1/11/07)
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To: abu afak

> The group emerged in the early 1970s from the radical left-wing scene...

"scene" -- what an *odd* turn of phrase. Peculiar. Almost places belonging to a gang of 1970s terrorist thugs on par with the contemporaneous Punk Rock *scene* or the Discotheque *scene*.

Is *that* what bored German youth were doing at the time? One shudders to think. Forty years previously I guess they had the Nazi scene to keep themselves busy. Nature doth abhore a vaccuum.

So now, I guess, we have the Al Qaeda *scene* to go along with our Emos and our Goths... just one more antisocial diversion for our bored youth to get involved in. But it certainly explains the David Hicks thing.


34 posted on 02/05/2007 11:49:50 AM PST by DieHard the Hunter
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1971 to 1979 : (IDI AMIN RUNS UGANDA —) Idi Amin,... sadist and mass murderer who ran Uganda from 1971 to 1979...Amin left a despicable legacy. A Muslim convert, he murdered at least 250,000 Ugandan Christians, most of them Anglicans, though he hated Catholics with equal zeal. He also murdered Ugandans of Asian descent and drove the rest into exile. Amin’s “ethnic cleansing” of Asians severely damaged Uganda’s economy. Amin allied with Libya’s Moammar Gadhafi and buddied with other Arab radicals. He considered war with Kenya and fought neighboring Tanzania, whose forces finally helped topple him. ..Amin and his goons killed between 300,000 and 400,000 Ugandans, out of a 1970s population of around 10 million. Amin’s raw homicidal toll exceeds that of ex-Serb dictator Slobodan Milosevic’s genocides in Bosnia and Kosovo.
...Amin survived on shrewdness and showmanship buttressed by coldblooded slaughter. Six feet four with a weightlifter’s chest, he could play to a movie image of an African dictator, especially when he draped his military uniform with ribbons and gold medals the size of grapefruit. His smart mouth fed the press a line of sass that no reporter could ignore- a line of anti-Western sass. Amin understood political theater. One day, he organized an attack on apartheid South Africa. Well, not quite. He had a Ugandan battalion stage a mock attack against a village flying Republic of South Africa flags. It got him headlines. ...
During the Cold War, Amin escaped their [”international human-rights crowd’s”] condemnation because he was “anti-colonialist.” What utter pish. He was a vicious brute who killed en masse and then retired to a luxury hotel. -—— “Amin’s grisly legacy,” By Austin Bay, Washington Times, Friday, August 22, 2003


35 posted on 02/13/2009 2:59:03 AM PST by piasa
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The PFLP was also one of Saddam Hussein’s favorite “charities.”

1980s early : (”MAY 15” [see PLFP] TERRORIST MOHAMMED RASHED AND HIS ACCOMPLICES ABU IBRAHIM & CHRISTINE PINTER ARE GIVEN SAFE HAVEN IN IRAQ; FROM BAGHDAD THEY LAUNCH MULTIPLE BOMBING OPERATIONS THROUGHOUT EUROPE) Rashed and his accomplices were given a safe haven in Iraq in the early 1980s by Saddam Hussein’s regime. They launched multiple bombing operations out of Baghdad throughout Europe and, in this case [in Aug. 11, 1982], on the American-owned passenger airplane [Pan Am Flight 830] bound for the United States.————— “Jordanian Man Sentenced In 1982 Bombing Of Pan Am Flight From Tokyo To Honolulu,” FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, FRIDAY, MARCH 24, 2006, WW.USDOJ.GOV

Their operatives were also trained in S. Yemen by Cuban and E. German instructors.

There was a PFLP cell in Los Angeles as well: the LA Eight.

1987 : (LA EIGHT ARE ARRESTED FOR ALLEGED ASSOCIATIONS WITH THE PLFP) The case of the “L.A. eight” goes back to 1987, when [Aiad] Barakat, six other Palestinians and a Kenyan were arrested for alleged associations with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a radical offshoot of the Palestine Liberation Organization. The PFLP has opposed peace negotiations between the PLO and Israel, and the U.S. government considers it a terrorist organization. All eight have denied being members.-—— “Federal judge in LA rules Palestinian man should be citizen - Aiad Barakat of the ‘L.A. eight’” AP via Riverside Press Enterprise ^ | 6/23/06 | - Los Angeles


36 posted on 02/13/2009 3:14:21 AM PST by piasa
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To: piasa
* PFLP : Imad Hamad—Hamad, traipsing around as regional director of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee [ADC], is a Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) terrorist, according to the INS. The INS fought his application for citizenship for years in court. Unfortunately, a weak immigration judge bowed to political pressure, disregarded the “secret evidence” against Hamad, and allowed him to become a U.S. citizen. PFLP is most recently responsible for assassinating the Israeli Tourism Minister, Rahavam Ze’evi, and several homicide bombings. In the 70’s, PFLP and terrorist Carlos the Jackal conducted joint terrorist operations against Americans, according to terrorism expert Yigal Carmon, and PFLP also attempted to blow up airplanes, some containing Americans. That a so-called American-Arab “civil rights” group would employ an accused terrorist as a high-ranking official—after it fought for his citizenship—says a lot. Incredibly, Hamad had the nerve to tell Ridge and O’Neill he “wants to maintain a relationship of trust [with] the government.” ----- "Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?," Debbie Schlussel , Townhall.com, April 26, 2002
37 posted on 02/13/2009 3:17:42 AM PST by piasa
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