Planner of Munich Olympic massacre dies


(JTA) — A planner of the 1972 attack on Israel’s Olympic team in Munich and one of the founders of the Palestinian security services has died. 

Amin al-Hindi died in a hospital in Amman on Tuesday night of liver and pancreatic cancer. He was 70. 

Eleven Israeli athletes were kidnapped and later killed during the Munich Olympics, along with five Palestinians and a German policeman. 

Al-Hindi was head of the Palestinian General Intelligence Service and close to former Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat. During the 1970s he also served as a senior security officer in Fatah. He supported the peace process with Israel and the Oslo Accords after the Palestinian Authority’s founding in the 1990s. 

Al-Hindi slipped into a coma following surgery last week, according to the Palestinian Envoy to Jordan. He will be buried in his native Gaza Strip. 

The main architect of the massacre, Mohammed Daoud Odeh, also known as Abu Daoud, died last month at age 73. 

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