October 7, 2010, - 1:31 pm

25 Years Later, Remember Leon Klinghoffer & the Achille Lauro Hijacking

By Debbie Schlussel

**** UPDATE: Lisa Klinghoffer Responds, SCROLL DOWN TO BOTTOM ****

You’d hardly know it from the scant media coverage, but today is the 25th anniversary of one of the many pre-9/11 acts of Islamic jihad against America.  Twenty-five years ago, today,  on October 8, 1985, Palestinian Islamic terrorists headed by Abul Abbas a/k/a Abu Abbas hijacked the Achille Lauro cruise ship and murdered Leon Klinghoffer–a 69-year-old helpless man bound to a wheelchair.  Klinghoffer’s crimes:  being an American and a Jew.


Leon Klinghoffer, Zichrono LiVracha [Blessed Be His Memory]: American Hero in Life & Death

Klinghoffer and his wife were taking the cruise to celebrate their 36th wedding anniversary. After hijacking the ship, cowardly Palestinian terrorists assassinated Klinghoffer by gunshot and threw his body overboard, a plot masterminded by Abul Abbas. I know Lisa Klinghoffer, daughter of Leon Klinghoffer, and she has kept in touch with me regarding her brave father.

Sadly, one of the men involved in his hijacking lives and breathes free here in America, today. I know this because one of my Muslim informant clients was asked by federal authorities to help testify and prosecute the man on drug charges, after the U.S. already shamelessly and knowingly let the man enter and live in America, absolving and agreeing not to prosecute him for his involvement in the brutal Achille Lauro murder of Klinghoffer, in exchange for “information on Al-Qaeda.” No information is enough to justify freedom (or even life) for any of Klinghoffer’s murderers.

And as I told you last  year, another hijacker/murderer, Youssef Magied al-Molqui, was freed by Italy.  As I reported in 2008, Italy also released hijacker murderer, Ibrahim Fatayer Abdelatif. Grazie, creeps. It’s disgusting. And almost none of those involved paid any price. Only Monzer Al-Kassar, the Syrian arms dealer who sold Abul Abbas the gun  used to kill Klinghoffer, was captured by the U.S., tried, and convicted.  I heard from a juror in the case, as well as from Lisa Klinghoffer about it.  As I wrote on the 20th anniversary:

Unlike Klinghoffer, Abbas led a great life and was never punished. He was allowed to live in freedom–under the protection of Saddam Hussein in Iraq. He died in captivity shortly after U.S. troops captured him during the start of the War in Iraq. Abbas never faced justice.

Lisa Klinghoffer wrote me:

We tried hard all these years to have him brought to justice. When he was caught, we tried to have him brought here to be tried for the Murder of my father, but, alas, he eluded us again and died in prison. If you ask me, he didn’t suffer enough!!!!!!!!!

An Egyptian jet tried to fly the Islamic hijacker-murderers to freedom, but U.S. Navy F-14 fighters intercepted it and forced it to land in Sicily.

When I wrote about the 20th anniversary of the torture murder of Navy diver Robert Stethem by Hezbollah terrorists, Lisa reminded me:

October 8th is the 20 year anniversary of the murder of our father, Leon Klinghoffer, aboard the Achille Lauro. For us, it is so hard to believe that it has been 20 years, and just look what has gone on in the world since!!!!!!!!

Yes, and now it has been 25 years. Sadly, the world has forgotten. America has forgotten.

When I wrote the above, Lisa Klinghoffer wrote again:

Dear Debbie,

Thank you so much! It has been a tough time for me this past week. We went to the cemetery and cried. I have tried to be so brave and stoic over the years and do the work that we do in Leon’s honor and memory. But sometimes, I just have “a moment,” and all families have to go through the same, as we do.

Thanks for remembering. I mean that’s what it’s all about: to remember and to educate so that perhaps one day ……….

Lisa Klinghoffer

Unfortunately, in the few cases where Klinghoffer’s murder was “remembered,” it was nauseating. Despicable Brit John Adams created an “opera” about the murder of Klinghoffer, denigrating him and glorifying his Palestinian Islamic murderers. Here’s what a smart Aussie reviewer said about the film adaptation of this outrage:

Nails scratched across a blackboard. The sound of a dentist’s drill. Plucking nose hairs with a pair of tweezers. All painful experiences but not a patch on watching this torturous two-hour[s].

The disgusting opera is coming to St. Louis, next year.

It’s not just that we haven’t remembered Klinghoffer and his murder with proper attention and resolve. It’s that in the 25 years since his murder, we have empowered extremist Muslims [redundant phrase] and the terrorists they support–the same ones who murdered her innocent, disabled father and threw him overboard. And for more than nine years since the 9/11 attacks, we’ve been admonished–in our schools, our popular culture, our government policy–to “understand” and respect them. “Tolerance.” Tolerance for those who won’t tolerate us. Tolerance for a religion whose many, um, “hijackers” have actually been hijacked by their religion. Hijacked to believe that a helpless 69-year-old man in a wheelchair must be shot and murdered, his body dumped into the ocean from a ship deck several stories above.

Klinghoffer’s murderers weren’t Christians or Hindus. And they weren’t from Samoa or Fiji, either. They were Arab Muslims. The same group we keep denying is after us, today. The same group about whom we must not dare speak the truth and haven’t been allowed to for over nine years because 19 of them mass-murdered 3,000 Americans. Since when do the spoils of victory and politically correct speech go to those who mass murder Americans on American soil? Since not just 9/11, but since the Achille Lauro hijacking, the torture murder of Navy Diver Robert Dean Stethem, the bombing of the U.S. Marine barracks and Embassy in Beirut, and countless other Islamic acts of aggression against America.

Leon Klinghoffer’s murderers are not just the Arab Muslim men who shot him in the head and dumped him in the sea. They are all those who support HAMAS, Hezbollah, Fatah, and countless other terrorists groups around the world. They are Muslims, most of whom support these groups and won’t condemn them.

America, we must remember Leon Klinghoffer by taking steps to finally protect our border, our American culture, and our life as we know it.

Otherwise, he will have died in vain along with all of the other American victims of Islamic terrorism.

Here’s what one of many, who’ve written posthumous notes to Klinghoffer over the years through a cemetery website, wrote:

You are a model of courage and strength for all of us to be proud of. You did not bow to the animal terrorists that took your life, but you, instead, showed them your true bravery, strength, and proudness.

Amen. Time for America to finally wake up and do the same.

UPDATE: From Lisa Klinghoffer, today:

From: Lisa Klinghoffer
Date: Thu, Oct 7, 2010 at 2:56 PM
Subject: Re: Lisa, FYI . . .
To: Debbie Schlussel writedebbie@gmail.com

Debbie. Thanks so much for always remembering my father, Leon. Love, Lisa Klinghoffer

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21 Responses

Something tells me pigs will learn to fly before Obama’s teleprompter comes up with perfunctory boilerplate phrases to “remember” Klinghoffer’s murder – and even then, with the classic lefties’ moral equivalence.

CP: The 20th anniversary was while Bush was President, and pigs didn’t learn to fly then, either. DS

ConcernedPatriot on October 7, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    Yup… conservatives conveniently forget Islamo-pandering didn’t begin with Obama.

    People tend to have short memories. On the other hand, decent people will never forget Leon Klinghoffer. His name will live on a sign of goodness.

    And those who are evil will be forgotten.

    Zichrono LiVracha. May his memory be for a blessing. In a wider sense, he was all our father. His courage is our strength indeed.

    NormanF on October 7, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    True . . . sickening in every which way.

    ConcernedPatriot on October 7, 2010 at 4:59 pm

Of course, the antisemites claim it was all a Mossad operation to blacken the perception of the Palestinians as peace loving people… You can’t make it up!

Eliezer on October 7, 2010 at 2:58 pm

Hi Jew! Why don’t you go choke on a syphilis dick and die?

teddy ted on October 7, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    For an anti-Semite, you show another level of humanity.

    Thanks for reminding us who you are.

    Its been quite an enlightening exprerience.


    NormanF on October 7, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    Re: “teddy ted” at 3:24 pm.

    In addition to what NormanF said, I’m adding one thing:

    Genesis 12:1-3.


    JeffE on October 7, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    Hello Teddy Ted,

    Or should I perhaps say Marhaba?!… Be that as it may, you seem to be brave while you’re hiding behind the anonymity of the internet. But, how about you actually doing something about it? Would you care to repeat the same words on a street corner in Tel Aviv? I’d be more then happy to pay for your ticket. Business class even!

    Eliezer on October 7, 2010 at 5:28 pm

Disgusting the above poster ‘teddy ted’ sorry you have to put up with such ignorance and intolerance Debbie. Anyway, I had not heard of Leon Klinghoffer and this case, thanks for raising awareness and keeping his memory alive. I’m sure justice has been served upon those who died that were responsible for this senseless murder,… vengeance is mine says the Lord.

freedom4usa on October 7, 2010 at 4:07 pm


[“People tend to have short memories. On the other hand, decent people will never forget Leon Klinghoffer. His name will live on a sign of goodness.

And those who are evil will be forgotten.

Zichrono LiVracha. May his memory be for a blessing. In a wider sense, he was all our father. His courage is our strength indeed.”

NormanF on October 7, 2010 at 4:17 pm]


JeffE on October 7, 2010 at 4:50 pm

Amen, Debbie!

Betty on October 7, 2010 at 5:28 pm

The islamofascists are such cowards
imagine harming a gentle guy in a wheelchair. Or targeting innocent civilians in general. Spineless jellyfish cowards, not men.

ScottG on October 7, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    ScottG: While your statement is pretty spot on, one thing to keep in mind: In the mind of the mindless Mulsim Terrorist (some redundancy there, I think)there is no such thing as an “innocent”. There is only the Jewish “ape” and the general non-Muslim “pig”.

    Their Quran commands them to kill every Jew “where you find them” as well as the infidel (non-believer–that’s you and me included). The terrorist is so inflamed with hate and so arrogated with the commands of their prophet to destroy, kill, murder with wantonness, that reason is lost to them.

    And, they will do absolutely anything they are commanded to do in order to be rewarded with an eternity spent with their 72-year-old virgin…or, is that 72 virgins…?

    Good post ScottG.

    Jim King on October 7, 2010 at 6:37 pm

As a reader under 30, I can honestly say I was unaware of this incident until I read this blog. Thank you for the education, Debbie.

Ian on October 7, 2010 at 5:47 pm

Genesis 12:1-3 (King James Version)

Genesis 12

1Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee:

2And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:

3And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

Dr Dale on October 7, 2010 at 6:03 pm

God bless the memory and family of Leon Klinghoffer. I was very young when this happened and did not understand it, but I knew it was a travesty. I wish I could have learned the dynamics of the Palestinian’s war against the Jews then. It is despicable…and as a non-Jew, I have NEVER believed the Palestinian’s to be in the right EVER!!!

Unfortuantely, there is a Palestinian Film Fest going on in the city. I saw a small ad for a film called “Ashkanaz” and wanted to RETCH. This dopey useless idiot is really trying push some pretzel-logic propaganda…I could tell from the blurb and the Palestinian/Israel issue is by no means an expertise of mine. I’d rather watch anything but this pile of crap.

ASHKENAZ by Rachel Leah Jones
Documentary Short, 2007, 72 min., Israel, Netherlands

Ashkenazim—Jews of European origin—are Israel’s “white folks.” Like most white folks in a multicultural society, they don’t think of themselves in racial or ethnic terms because by now, “Aren’t we all Israeli?” Yiddish has been replaced with Hebrew; religion with secularism; exile with occupation; the shtetl with the kibbutz; old-fashioned irony with post-modern cynicism; and pale-skinned girls with dark curls with tanned, bleached-blond divas. But the paradox of whiteness in Israel is that Ashkenazim aren’t exactly “white folks” historically.

A story that begins in the Rhineland and ends in the holy land, Ashkenaz looks at whiteness in Israel and wonders: How did the “Others” of Europe become the “Europe” of the others?

Skunky on October 7, 2010 at 10:48 pm

As I know you Muslim researchers from CAIR read this site. Here is a challenge to any Muslim cleric or spokesperson in America to face me head on in a televised challenge as I simply plan to show the American public the TRUTH about the Cancer of Islam…….so read on!

Oliver Wendell Holmes the Supreme Court Justice pointed out that “Shouting fire in a crowded theater” would not be afforded “freedom of speech” under the First Amendment. So….why should we grant you treasonous Muslim clerics First Amendment protection when you are sowing the seeds of the destruction of our Constitution, our culture, our flag, our Judeau-Christian heritage and way of life?

We the people have had a gut full of the media and its insipid pandering to you loud mouth, arrogant, lying swine who are a treasonous fifth column in our midst.

To all the leaders in Washington it’s time you opened the Quran & Hadith for yourself and realized this political system disguised as a religion is from the pit of hell. It’s “ROLE MODEL” Muhammad was a rapist, terrorist, murderer, pedophile and lying deceiver….and that’s just his good points.

To all of you politicians who will not stand up NOW, start looking for another job.

If any Muslim cleric wants to shoot his mouth off about Sharia replacing the U.S. Constitution, it’s time to apply the U.S. Federal law and charge them with sedition or treason.

We have laws in place NOW such as The Alien Registration Act or Smith Act of 1940 which enables us to slam into prison any of these creeps who preach or teach sedition.


This mealy mouthed President claims we are a country of laws but bypasses, bends and manipulates the law at every opportunity.

To you politicians and liberal media traitors to our nation, let me give you a couple of simple facts about Islam the “Religion of Peace.”

Islamic belief has the world divided into two camps; Dar Al Islam (the house of Islam) and Dar Al Harb (the house of war).

Here’s a little sample from the Quran.

Qur’an:9:5 “Fight and kill the disbelievers wherever you find them, take them captive, harass them, lie in wait and ambush them using every stratagem of war.”

They believe that their God given mandate is to bring the entire world into submission to Allah.

Quran 8:39 “Fight them until all opposition ends and all submit to Allah.”

This is a religion based on hate that will not hesitate to kill billions of people to achieve their goals.

Every time they create a contentious issue such as the Ground Zero Mosque project they are really following a military tactic of testing the enemies resolve. Has anyone asked the question why did they originally call the ground zero mosque Cordoba House? DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH ABOUT THE MARTYRS OF CORDOBA WHO WERE BEHEADED WHEN THEY REFUSED TO SUBMIT TO ISLAM.

Debbie Schlussel and many others are showing the world it’s time to stand up NOW. We must draw a line in the sand. This Mosque must not go up. We must elect politicians who have the backbone to stand up and defeat EVERY strategy of Islam.

After 9/11 we had a parade or charade of Muslim leaders trying to convince the American public that Islam means “peace.” We also had Imam Rauf giving Muslim sensitivity training to the FBI.

What a joke. Perhaps the SENSITIVE and so humble Imam Rauf could enlighten us on the following verse from the Quran.

Qur’an 8:12 “Your Lord inspired the angels with the message: ‘I will terrorize the unbelievers. Therefore smite them on their necks and every joint and incapacitate them. Strike off their heads and cut off each of their fingers and toes.”

Wake up America. Stop Muslim immigration RIGHT NOW or be prepared to see America destroyed.
Every freedom loving American must rise up now and take on Islam and to use a verse from the Quran we must use “every stratagem of war.”

Imam Rauf you have a soft ride with CNN but I am prepared to take you on in a public debate and I will only quote the Quran or the Hadith. WHAT DO YOU SAY “BUBBA” LET’S GET IT ON!!!!!

John Kelly on October 8, 2010 at 9:42 am

“Leon Klinghoffer, Zichrono LiVracha” indeed, but there is more. Wouldn’t “Hashem yikom damo”, “May the Lord avenge his blood” be more appropriate? Many of those involved in his death remain unpunished and he was murdered for being Jewish.

Ron Lewenberg on October 8, 2010 at 7:47 pm

Like Robert Stethem, as long as we remember Leon Klinghoffer, he’s still alive.

Truth on October 11, 2010 at 1:02 pm

My college roommate’s grandmother (I knew her parents AND grandmother) lived in the same building in Greenwich Village as the Klinghoffer’s, and knew them. Not a time goes by when I’m walking on that street of the Village, when I don’t stop and remember the Klinghoffer’s and their ordeal. The despicable Palestinian murderers who shot Leon Klinggoffer in cold blood should have been sentenced to death in America — not given permission to live here! Anti-Semitism — coupled with pro-terrorist actions — continues to raise its nasty head in our government today.

Leigh Harrison on January 13, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    Not a pleasant person to work for. Gave my father the shaft when he sold his factory. Promised to take care of him in retirement, and then left him with nothing after 40 years of work.

    W Kennedy on October 10, 2013 at 12:29 pm

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