Search JTA's historical archive dating back to 1923

West Berlin Considering Ways to Check Flow of Arab Terrorists into That City from East Berlin

February 9, 1982
See Original Daily Bulletin From This Date

The West Berlin Senate is considering means to check the flow of Arab terrorists into the city from East Berlin. According to the police, hundreds of Arab extremists have infiltrated West Berlin after receiving training in terrorist tactics in East Germany as part of that country’s program of military assistance to the Palestine Liberation Organization.

Meanwhile, West Berlin police say Arabic newspapers have refused to cooperate in their search for a mystery woman who was seen leaving the Israeli-owned Mifgash Israel restaurant in West Berlin shortly before it was destroyed by a bomb explosion that killed a 14-month-old child and injured 25 other people, many of them seriously, last January 15.

According to the police, the Arabic newspapers rejected appeals to publish descriptions of the woman who appears to be a prime suspect in the bombing. The approach to the Arabic papers indicated that the authorities believe the woman may be in a Middle Eastern country. A police spokesman said there was no knowledge whatsoever of her whereabouts, although it is likely that she is no longer in Berlin or even in Europe.

Immediately after the bombing, several Palestinian terrorist groups claimed responsibility for the outrage. A number of Palestinian suspects were arrested but released for lack of evidence. The police said they were considering all possibilities. Suspicion has shifted from Palestinian extremists to neo-Nazi elements.

Recommended from JTA