July 8, 2008, - 12:48 pm

Nauseating: Achille Lauro Hijacker, Murderer of Leon Klinghoffer Freed

By Debbie Schlussel
In 1985, Palestinian Islamic terrorists allied with Abul Abbas a/k/a Abu Abbas hijacked the Achille Lauro cruise ship, on which Jewish American Leon Klinghoffer and his wife were celebrating their wedding anniversary. The helpless, wheelchair-bound, 69-year-old Klinghoffer was murdered–shot in the head and thrown overboard–because he was an American and a Jew. Full details here, from my 20th anniversary coverage.
U.S. authorities wanted to arrest and try the hijackers, but unfortunately, Italian authorities did so instead. And as we feared, they got lax sentences.
Yesterday, the Italian government announced that it freed Achille Lauro hijacker Ibrahim Fatayer Abdelatif, now 43. Sadly, he now has many years of life left, unlike those he took from Mr. Klinghoffer. Abdelatif is now looking for a country that will grant him political asylum, since Italy is expelling him. He does not deserve such a generous fate.


Leon Klinghoffer: American Hero in Life & Death

But I am not sure how Abdelatif would be treated here in America. For several years, I’ve had credible information that another man involved with the Achille Lauro hijacking was given asylum and granted U.S. citizenship. He is living here under a pseudonym and was allowed in, ostensibly to provide more information on bigger terrorist fish. I’ve always wondered what is a bigger fish than a terrorist hijacker and murderer of an American citizen in a wheelchair. But the terrorist is apparently living here in freedom and involved in dealing and smuggling illicit drugs, for which authorities are now trying to get him. We’ll see. But I’m not holding my breath.
For now, I’m awaiting trial of Monzer Al-Kassar, the Syrian terrorist who sold the gun used to shoot Leon Klinghoffer and was involved in the conspiracy to blow up the Jewish Community Center and Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires in the 1990s.
Here is what my friend, Lisa Klinghoffer–the daughter of the late Leon Klinghoffer–wrote me about her late father on the 20th anniversary of his murder:

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

Ironically, the Achille Lauro hijacking was done to demand the release of pan-Hezbollah Druze terrorist and murderer of several Israelis, Samir Kuntar, who is now being released by the Israelis (along with many other lie terrorists) in exchange for a few dead bodies.
Sadly, they did not get enough justice against Ibrahim Fatayer Abdelatif or Samir Kuntar. Both will now be free to murder and commit other bloody acts of terrorism again.
But one thing is for certain: Both of them will Rot. In. Hell.

13 Responses

Amazing. Commit a cold blooded hate murder. Get a light sentence. Get freed at a young age, to continue the Islamofascist blood letting. Shame on Italian justice!

Jackson Pearson on July 8, 2008 at 2:01 pm

Seems to me,this would be a good assignment for Mossad or CIA. These clowns should not be able to find secure refuge ANYWHERE. Highest priority should be given to seeking out and destroying convincingly any of these sadist monsters that the criminal justice system does not satisfactorily take care of.

joesixpack31 on July 8, 2008 at 3:02 pm

And this is a conservative government that is supposedly more friendly towards Israel and Jewish people. Just like Sarkozy all the so-called friendliness is just empty gestures. Something like this is a defining issue.

c f on July 8, 2008 at 3:21 pm

Why is Israel releasing these people? While I would find it extremely distasteful and might not agre with it, I can at least see the logic in exchanging murderers for the Israeli soldiers if that was all there was to it. However, not only will these murderering scum murderer again, Olmert has just given a gold plated invitation for more terrorism and hostage taking.
I have a solution. Under US law, someone can be punished for committing an act of terrorism against an American citizen anywhere in the world. In my opinion, Olmert’s actions are not only encouraging further acts of terrorism, they are an intergral part of those terrorist acts. The next time Olmert comes to the US he should be arrested and prosecuted if any acts of terrorism afer today have harmed American citizens. Diplomatic immunity should not be an issue since the first President Bush went into Panama, grabbed Noriega and had him prosecuted.

I_am_me on July 8, 2008 at 3:23 pm

Yes he should have been released and greeted with a bloodthirsty lynching mob.If there were any justice left in this world and not just a travesty of it like we are encountering, my suggestion would have been implemented or hewould have faced execution.Welcome to the backward world we live in where cold blooded murderers and psychotic killers get off scott free or maybe with just a slap on the wrist depending which mood the judge is in.SICKOS!!!!!FEH!!!

American Sabrah on July 8, 2008 at 3:28 pm

My comments above also apply to whomever in Italy decided to release Ibrahim Fatayer Abdelatif early.

I_am_me on July 8, 2008 at 3:28 pm

Beginning at Entebbe, when German (!) terrorists working for the Palestinians began separating Jews from non-Jews. It was CRYSTAL CLEAR WHAT THIS IS ALL ABOUT. My mother who is in her 80’s told me she read over and over about the release of unrepentant vicious terrorist murderers who are chomping at the bit to kill more Jews in exchange for ‘a few body parts’ and she said. “They have gone insane – stark, staring mad.”

poetcomic1 on July 8, 2008 at 5:12 pm

A visit to Abdelatif from the Mossad would be in order.

lexi on July 8, 2008 at 6:12 pm

Of course, Israel is constantly releasing evil terrorists. What do you expect from Italy–Israel is no better.

lexi on July 8, 2008 at 6:15 pm

son of a….

mindy1 on July 8, 2008 at 6:55 pm

There are many good points on this thread.
Debbie, it is great that you keep Leon Klinghoffer’s memory squarely in view for us. No one else in the media seems to remember this attrocity and others which will forever remind us of the true face of islamic terror in hezbullah and hamas, el quaida et al. All of us must keep the memory of Mr. Klinghoffer and others like Robert Stetham and Daniel Pearl and Nick Berg in our forebrain–or truly, they died in vain. I say imprint their sufferings on your heart–consider it and appreciate it.
It is pathetic that besides Debbie, we don’t see these heroes honored as they should be. Their blood must ever inspire us to each count the cost and face in our hearts what these victims faced.
If anyone wants to understand what the DS website is all about, it exists because Debbie understands the sick nature of the enemy we must destroy. We must all resolve to never give an inch to these bastards. We must relentlessly shame all those enablers who wilfully ignore/forget the record of the crimes of these murdering islamic thugs.
Get involved–inform, inform, inform. And tune them in to DS to keep them alert.

BB on July 8, 2008 at 10:35 pm

Well, let’s just hope he falls into Great Satan’s clutches here REAL soon…

Courtneyme109 on July 9, 2008 at 12:07 am

Yes, the West is truly “oppressive” and intolerant of Islam,isn’t it?

OldSchoolW on July 10, 2008 at 11:10 am

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