Palestinian President’s Party Praises 1972 Airport Attacker

RAMALLAH (AP) -
Japanese terrorist Kozo Okamoto, center, surrounded by guards, in a Lod, Israel, courtroom, in 1972. (AP Photo)
Japanese terrorist Kozo Okamoto, center, surrounded by guards, in a Lod, Israel, courtroom, in 1972. (AP Photo)

The party of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is praising the terrorist who killed 24 people in an attack on an Israeli airport in 1972.

“A thousand greetings to the Japanese fighter and comrade Kozo Okamoto, the hero of the Lod airport operation,” the post reads, accompanied by photos.

Okamoto was one of three members of the Japanese Red Army recruited by a Palestinian terror group, who opened fire and threw grenades, killing eight Israelis and 16 foreign tourists. The other two died in the attack. The post by Fatah on Wednesday came ahead of the anniversary of the attack.

Munir Jaghob, a Fatah media official, said, “We are proud of all the people who worked for the Palestinian cause.”

Palestinian Media Watch, an Israeli group, said Fatah has a policy of “glorifying terrorists on the date of their attacks.”