The terrorist group which massacred 18 persons in Kiryat Shemona April 11 is now also claiming responsibility for killing an Israeli military attache in Washington last year and for sabotaging two commercial airliners in 1970.
Abous el-Abbas, spokesman for the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command, said in an interview in the Beirut newspaper “As-Safa” that his group killed Israeli military attache Yosef Allon outside his Washington home last year. He said his group was also responsible for an explosion aboard a Swissair passenger airliner over Zurich in Feb. 1970 in which 47 people were killed, including 20 Israeli scholars and scientists, and an explosion on an Austrian plane in Feb. 1970 in which there were no casualties. Abous el Abbas claimed the Austrian plane carried Israeli pilots.
The terrorist group’s spokesman said Kiryat Shemona was carefully selected as a target for its economic, strategic and symbolic significance to Israel. “There will be more actions like Kiryat Shemona until all Palestine is liberated,” he was quoted as saying. “We want to reinforce the obstinacy of people like Gen. Dayan in order to make impossible any peaceful settlement between the Arabs and Israelis. In fact there’s an identity of views between us and Dayan.”
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