June 15, 2008, - 6:09 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
My friend, Lisa Klinghoffer, is the daughter of Leon Klinghoffer, the wheelchair-bound Jewish-American U.S. Army veteran, who was murdered in cold blood by Palestinian Islamic terrorists in 1985.
This helpless man was shot to death by Palestinian terrorists–directed by terrorist mastermind Abu Abbas a/k/a Abul Abbas–who then dumped his body overboard into the ocean from the Achille Lauro cruise ship. Klinghoffer and his wife, Marilyn, were on the cruise to celebrate their 36th wedding anniversary, and he was assassinated for the dual crimes of being Jewish and being American. Read the full story here, my 20th anniversary column on that fateful trip.
Lisa wrote me today, and notes that she hope she will finally get some sort of justice:
Thought you might be interested to know that the Justice Department has captured the terrorist Monzer Al-Kassar for arms trafficking in a sting operation. He was just extradited here, yesterday, and will be indicted at his arraignment on Monday and we were invited to be there. Thought you might be interested! He sold the guns to Abbas, that killed my father. He will be tried in the United States, here in New York, for selling guns recently.
It will be interesting to actually bear witness to one of the terrorists involved in my fathers murder 23 years ago. If my mother was here, she would spit in his face as she did the others. I wish that I had that opportunity, to do that for her. My mother and father were truly wonderful people and here I am missing Leon especially today on Father’s Day.
Al-Kassar is believed to be involved in the 1994 Hezbollah bombing of the Jewish Community Center in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and the Israeli Embassy there. Read the indictment of Monzer Al-Kassar a/k/a “Abu Munawar,”
a/k/a “El Taous.” I hope that Lisa and her sister, Ilsa Klinghoffer, finally get some justice. Their mother died of cancer not long after their father was brutally murdered by the Islamic terrorists run by Abul Abbas and allied with the P.L.O. And, sadly, Abul Abbas, mysteriously died in U.S. custody, after he was captured in Iraq after the U.S. invasion.
We shall see.
In any event, congrats to the many U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) agents who lured and captured Syrian arms dealer Monzer Al-Kassar. They did good work and made us proud, the way the former U.S. Customs Service used to.