As we gear up for the 2012 Olympics, which are set to begin on Friday, Elder of Ziyon points to a 2002 article in Sports Illustrated that connects the dots between the 1972 Munich Massacre of 11 Israeli athletes and the putative “moderate” Palestinian leader, Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas:
Though he didn’t know what the money was being spent for, longtime Fatah official Mahmoud Abbas, a.k.a. Abu Mazen, was responsible for the financing of the Munich attack. Abu Mazen could not be reached for comment regarding [Munich attack mastermind] Abu Daoud’s allegation. After Oslo in 1993, Abu Mazen went to the White House Rose Garden for a photo op with Arafat, President Bill Clinton and Israel’s Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres. “Do you think that … would have been possible if the Israelis had known that Abu Mazen was the financier of our operation?” Abu Daoud writes. “I doubt it.”
The Sports Illustrated article also notes that, when Daoud died in 2010, Abbas sent a telegram of condolence, presumable to Daoud’s relatives, that spoke of Daoud as “a wonderful brother, companion, tough and stubborn, relentless fighter.” So, Abbas has effusive praise for an unrepentant terrorist with blood on his hands. By what definition does this qualify Abbas as “moderate”?