December 15, 2007


The Communist Roots of Palestinian Terror (David Meir-Levi, 12/14/07,

As Ion Mihai Pacepa, onetime director of the Romanian espionage service (DIE), later explained, the PLO was conceived at a time when the KGB was creating “liberation front” organizations throughout the Third world. Others included the National Liberation Army of Bolivia, created in 1964 with help from Ernesto “Che” Guevara, and the National Liberation Army of Colombia, created in 1965 with help from Fidel Castro. But the PLO was the KGB’s most enduring achievement.

In 1964, the first PLO Council, consisting of 422 Palestinian representatives handpicked by the KGB, approved the Soviet blueprint for a Palestinian National Charter—a document drafted in Moscow—and made Ahmad Shukairy, the KGB’s agent of influence, the first PLO chairman. The Romanian intelligence service was given responsibility for providing the PLO with logistical support. Except for the arms, which were supplied by the KGB and the East German Stasi, everything, according to Ion Pacepa, “came from Bucharest. Even the PLO uniforms and the PLO stationery were manufactured in Romania free of charge, as a ‘comradely help.’ During those years, two Romanian cargo planes filled with goodies for the PLO landed in Beirut every week.”

The PLO came on the scene at a critical moment in Middle East history. At the Khartoum conference held shortly after the Six-Day war, the defeated and humiliated Arab states confronted the “new reality” of an Israel that seemed unbeatable in conventional warfare. The participants of the conference decided, among other things, to continue the war against Israel as what today would be called a “low intensity conflict.” The PLO’s Fatah forces were perfect to carry out this mission.

The Soviets not only armed and trained Palestinian terrorists but also used them to arm and train other professional terrorists by the thousands. The International Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party (CPSU), the Soviet Security Police (KGB), and Soviet Military Intelligence (GRU) all played major roles in this effort. From the late 1960s onwards, moreover, the PLO maintained contact with other terror groups—some of them neo-Nazi and extreme right-wing groups—offering them support and supplies, training and funding.

The Soviets also built Moscow’s Patrice Lumumba People’s Friendship University to serve as a base of indoctrination and training of potential “freedom fighters” from the Third world. More specialized training in terrorism was provided at locations in Baku, Odessa, Simferopol, and

Tashkent. Mahmoud Abbas, later to succeed Yassir Arafat as head of the PLO, was a graduate of Patrice Lumumba U, where he received his Ph.D. in 1982 after completing a thesis partly based on Holocaust denial.

Cuba was also used as a base for terrorist training and Marxist indoctrination, part of a symbiotic relationship between its revolutionary cadre and the PLO. The Cuban intelligence service (DGI) was under the direct command of the KGB after 1968. Palestinian terrorists were identified in Havana as early as 1966; and in the 1970s DGI representatives were dispatched to PLO camps in Lebanon to assist terrorists being nurtured by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). In late April 1979, an agreement was reached for the PFLP to have several hundred of its terrorists trained in Cuba, following a meeting between its chief George Habash and Cuban officials.

The PLO and the Arab States

In the chaotic aftermath of the Six-Day war, Yassir Arafat had seen an opportunity for himself and his still embryonic Fatah terror organization in the rubble of the Arab nations’ war machines and the humiliation of the Arab world. He forged an alliance with President Nasser, whom he won over to his belief that after traditional warfare had failed them yet again, the future of the conflict for the Arabs was in the realm of terrorism, not the confrontation of massed armies. From September to December 1967, Nasser supported Arafat in his attempt to infiltrate the west Bank and to develop a grassroots foundation for a major terror war against Israel. These efforts were unsuccessful because local west Bank Palestinians cooperated with Israel and aided in the pursuit of Arafat and his Fatah operatives.

Despite such setbacks, Arafat later described this era in his authorized biography as the time of his most successful statecraft. When word reached him of Israel’s post-Six- Day-war peace overtures to the recently defeated Arab countries, he and his adjutants understood at once that if there were ever peace between Israel and Jordan, for instance, there would be no hope for a Palestinian state. So he set off on a grueling exercise in shuttle diplomacy throughout the major Arab countries, preaching the need to reject unconditionally any peace agreement with the Jewish state.

Arafat later claimed credit for the results of the Khartoum conference (August–September 1967), in which all the Arab dictators unanimously voted to reject Israel’s offer to return much of the land it had occupied as a result of the war in exchange for peace. Had he not intervened, Israel might conceivably have made peace with Jordan, and the west Bank would have reverted to Jordanian sovereignty, leaving his dream of leading a state there stillborn.

But while Arafat’s proposals to engage in a continuing terror war might be enthusiastically received by Arab leaders, there was no support to speak of among the Arabs of the west Bank, who readily gave him up to Israeli authorities.

Palestinians dumped them for Hamas at the first opportunity.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 15, 2007 8:33 AM

In other words, they chose the thuggish street gangster terrorists over the academic puppet gangster terrorists. Nice.

Posted by: ratbert at December 15, 2007 10:04 AM

They chose the faith-based efficient social services party, just like we do.

Posted by: oj at December 15, 2007 12:17 PM

Sorry, shooting rockets into Israel hardly counts as "social services."

Posted by: PapayaSF at December 15, 2007 2:47 PM

Papaya is spot on. Just a few days ago, 37 rockets were fired into Sderot (a record). Did it make the CBS (ABC/NBC/CNN/MSNBC) news? Probably not. I saw it in a piece on the web.

Faith-based? If your faith is in lying, murdering, and general terror (of everyone, including your own). This is the kind of nonsense that Islam needs to address - because otherwise it will always be seen as the terror-driven "religion". But, the Palestinians have always been good puppets for the terror masters.

Posted by: ratbert at December 15, 2007 4:50 PM

Israel invades and shoots Palestinians. They fire rockets. You don't get to whine when you're the aggressor and occupier.

Posted by: oj at December 15, 2007 5:48 PM

Hey Oj, what came first, the chicken or the egg?

Posted by: Perry at December 15, 2007 7:15 PM

Both sides think they're the egg, so they're playing chicken.

Posted by: oj at December 15, 2007 8:43 PM

Fine, postulate an equivalence between the Palestinians and the Israelis. Then the only way to decide between them is the Ultima ratio regnum.

The choice facing Israel is the choice facing all who are thus harassed by the pestiferous organs of the spiritual jailhouse. To what extent it their harassment to be toleralted, and at one point must it be put to an end.

Posted by: Lou Gots at December 16, 2007 9:19 AM

No, the choice is whether, as Hitler believed, Jews are a race, or whether, as Americans believe, they're a religious group.

Posted by: oj at December 16, 2007 6:36 PM

OJ, Israel was established by the UN on a tiny slice of Middle Eastern land. The Arabs tried to destroy them, repeatedly. The PLO was established three years before there were any "occupied territories", unless you consider all of Israel "occupied territory."

The traditional means of getting back territory lost in an aggressive war is to make peace with the country attacked. Why should Israel give land to people sworn to destroy them? Until the Palestinians do that, screw 'em.

Posted by: PapayaSF at December 16, 2007 6:39 PM

Aargh! Your darn server keeps giving me error messages when I post, then I reload the page to see if the post showed up and it doesn't, then it turns out I triple-posted. Sorry about that.

Posted by: PapayaSF at December 16, 2007 8:03 PM

They shouldn't give it back, if they're willing to fight and die for it. The Brits weren't, so the Israelis were able to bomb them out.

Posted by: oj at December 16, 2007 10:54 PM