Skip to comments.Killer's daughter admits it was political
Posted on 02/19/2007 7:53:34 AM PST by MotleyGirl70
GAZA CITY - Ali Abu Kamal's relatives say they are tired of lying about why the Palestinian opened fire on the observation deck of Empire State Building, killing a tourist and injuring six other people before committing suicide. Kamal's widow insisted after the shooting spree that the attack was not politically motivated. She said that her husband had become suicidal after losing $300,000 in a business venture.
But in a stunning admission, Kamal's 48-year-old daughter Linda told the Daily News that her dad wanted to punish the U.S. for supporting Israel - and revealed her mom's 1997 account was a cover story crafted by the Palestinian Authority.
"A Palestinian Authority official advised us to say the attack was not for political reasons because that would harm the peace agreement with Israel," she told The News on Friday. "We didn't know that he was martyred for patriotic motivations, so we repeated what we were told to do."
But three days after the shootings, Kamal's family got a copy of a letter that was found on his body, they said. The letter said he planned the violence as a political statement, his daughter said.
"When we wanted to clarify that to the media, nobody listened to us," she said. "His goal was patriotic. He wanted to take revenge from the Americans, the British, the French and the Israelis."
She said the family became certain that he carried out the attack for political reasons after reading his diary.
"He wrote that after he raised his children and made sure that his family was all right he decided to avenge in the highest building in America to make sure they get his message," said Linda, who works for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees.
She said her mom burned the diary, fearing that it would cause the family trouble.
Was this directive coordinated with the Clinton's administration to move the peace talks along? When dealing with an amoral president, anything is possible.
I wonder if it will take ten years for the press to admit that the mall shooting in SLC was politically motivated by Sudden Jihad Syndrome?
You know, that's a very, very good question. I'd like to know that answer to that as well.
What a great point!
1997 terrorist ping
We should be very careful and vigilant for those muslim terrorists or potential muslim terrorists living among us, and those muslim terrorists who will come from EU, Canada, and Australia using these countries passports to get in the US without the need for a visa, and to committ their terrorists acts right here.
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