| Rare Video: Mandela Speaking on Palestine [Extracts]

Rare Video: Mandela Speaking on Palestine [Extracts] ~ BDS South Africa.


PLO: The Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) was created in 1964 with the purpose of advancing the struggle for Palestinian self determination. The PLO is recognised as the “sole legitimate representative of the Palestinian people” by over 100 countries with which it holds diplomatic relations. Like South Africa’s (now ruling ANC) the PLO was considered by the United States and Israel to be a terrorist organisation until 1991. In 1993 Israel officially recognised the PLO as the representative of the Palestinian people.

YASSER ARAFAT: Late leader of the Palestinian people as well as chairman of the PLO.

– 1990 Town Hall Meeting with Nelson Mandela on Palestine, Cuba and other issues

The video consists of extracts from a 1990 town hall meeting, held in New York and chaired by Ted Koppel of ABC Networks. The meeting formed part Nelson Mandela’s first visit to the USA immediately following his release after 27 years in prison.

Much of the meeting focused on Nelson Mandela’s advocating of sanctions against Apartheid South Africa, his support for the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) as well as his close friendship with Yasser Arafat (of Palestine) and Fidel Castro (of Cuba).

This meeting took place in 1990, long before the world had embraced Nelson Mandela or the ANC. However, even then, Mandela stood firm and resolute on his principles and organisation’s policies even though it could have “hurt” his and the ANC’s “image”, for example his support for the Palestinian and Cuban people.

Nelson Mandela supported the Palestinian struggle when it was unfashionable and unpopular, he was a true leader. Hamba Khale Tata…



| Israel ‘fesses up to extra-judicial assassination of Abu Jihad – 25 years on!

Israel acknowledges killing Palestinian deputy in 1988 raid ~ Associated Press in Jerusalem, guardian.co.uk.

Military censor clears newspaper to publish interview obtained at least 12 years ago with commando who killed Abu Jihad.

Abu Jihad with Yasser Arafat in 1987

Abu Jihad with Yasser Arafat in 1987. Photograph: Mike Nelson-Nabil Ismail/AFP/Getty Images

Israel has acknowledged after nearly 25 years of secrecy that it killed a deputy of the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in a raid in Tunisia.

Two of those involved in the operation in 1988 now hold high political office: Ehud Barak, the defence minister, and Moshe Yaalon, the deputy prime minister. At the time Barak was deputy military chief and Yaalon was head of the elite commando unit Sayeret Matkal. Their precise roles in the operation were not divulged, and both men’s offices declined comment.

Israel has long been suspected of assassinating Khalil al-Wazir, who was better known by his nom de guerre Abu Jihad. But only now has the country’s military censor cleared the Yediot Ahronot daily to publish details, including an interview with the commando who killed him, at least 12 years after the newspaper obtained the information.

“I shot him with a long burst of fire,” the now-deceased commando Nahum Lev told Yediot. “I was careful not to hurt his wife, who had showed up there. He died. Abu Jihad was involved in horrible acts against civilians. He was a dead man walking. I shot him without hesitation.” Lev died in a motorcycle accident in 2000.

Dozens of similar operations have been attributed to Israel over the decades, but Israel rarely takes responsibility. Abu Jihad founded the Palestine Liberation Organisation with Arafat and was blamed for a series of deadly attacks against Israelis, including a 1978 attack on an Israeli bus that killed 38. He organised the first Palestinian uprising against Israel, which began in December 1987. The following April, Israel killed him.

According to the Yediot report, the operation was a joint effort by the Mossad secret service and the Sayeret Matkal. At the time of the raid the PLO was based in Tunisia.

From a command post on an Israeli boat in the Mediterranean Sea, 26 Israeli commandos reached the shores of Tunisia on rubber boats. Lev approached Abu Jihad’s home in Tunis with another soldier, who was dressed as a woman. The two pretended to be a couple on holiday, with Lev carrying what appeared to be a large box of chocolates. Inside the box, however, was a gun fitted with a silencer.

Upon encountering the first of Abu Jihad’s bodyguards, Lev drew his weapon and shot the man in the head. Another team killed a separate bodyguard and a gardener before entering the villa. Lev’s partner was the first to fire at the Palestinian leader. When Lev noticed Abu Jihad reaching for a weapon he shot and killed him.

It was not clear why Israel’s military censor permitted publication of the report now. The censor has authority to block publication of material deemed a threat to national security.

The Palestinians have long accused Israel of being behind the assassination. Nonetheless, Abbas Zaki, a senior official in President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah movement, said the Palestinians and Tunisia should now “work to bring Israel to justice”.

Wazir’s son, Jihad al-Wazir, who heads the Palestinian central bank, said the family had no comment.


Israel confirms killing Arafat deputy in 1988 ~ The Daily Star, AP.

Undated file photograph of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, left, along with his deputy Abu Jihad, right, made available by the Palestinian Authority in Gaza City of the Gaza Strip.  (AP Photo/Palestinian Authority, File)

Undated file photograph of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, left, along with his deputy Abu Jihad, right, made available by the Palestinian Authority in Gaza City of the Gaza Strip. (AP Photo/Palestinian Authority, File)