AMSTERDAM (May. 27)
A Palestinian terrorist attack on the Dutch national soccer team is feared during the coming world cup soccer finals in West Germany next month, the Dutch daily “Het Parool.” reported. At the instigation of the West German intelligence services, several staff members of the Dutch team’s training camp and in hotels where the team is staying have been dismissed for security reasons following an investigation of their personal files. The team is training in Muenster, Westphalia.
Observers see the expected attack as linked to the fact that The Netherlands is considered the most Israeli-minded of the 16 countries participating in the international competition. A connection is also seen with the trial in The Netherlands at the end of this month of the two Palestinians who hijacked a British Airways plane last March and destroyed it after forcing it to land at the Schiphol Airport. Lawyers for the two terrorists have said they hope to create an understanding for the plight of the Palestinian people during the course of the trial.