Der Spiegel: Neo-Nazis aided Arafat’s Black September in 1972 Munich Attack

It seems like just yesterday when we learned that NPR consistently furthers a narrative that says Yasser Arafat only “flirted with limited violence.” Oh yeah, it WAS yesterday.

Timohty McVeigh has rightfully been demonized for being a Neo-Nazi. According to CNN, that makes him a ‘right wing extremist’.

Uh, if Timothy McVeigh was a ‘right wing extremist’ what should we make of this latest revelation, that Yasser Arafat’s Black September aligned with Neo-Nazis to take Israeli athletes hostage at the 1972 Olympic games in Munich?

First, some background, via Der Spiegel:

Forty years ago, the massacre of Israeli athletes and coaches overshadowed the Munich Summer Olympics. Though it was never proved, left-wing extremists were suspected of working with the Palestinian terrorists behind the operation. But previously unreleased files seen by SPIEGEL prove that neo-Nazis were involved instead — and officials knew about it.

The men who were arrested in the Munich house of former Waffen-SS member Charles Jochheim late on Oct. 27, 1972 were armed like soldiers on their way to the front. In one suitcase, police found three Kalashnikov automatic rifles, six magazines, 174 rounds of ammunition, two pistols, a revolver and six Belgian-made hand grenades.

The two men who were arrested were also carrying other weapons. Wolfgang Abramowski had weapons hidden in his waistband, while his accomplice, Willi Pohl, was carrying two pistols and a hand grenade, according to a Munich police investigative report.

A fellow member of a right-wing extremist splinter group calling itself the “National Socialist Fighting Group for a Greater Germany” had tipped off the police about Pohl and Abramowski. The two men allegedly planned to use the weapons to free a fellow extremist who was in prison, but investigators soon questioned whether this story was true.

Among the documents Abramowski and Pohl were carrying was a threatening letter to a Munich judge tasked with clearing up one of the most shocking crimes in postwar German history: the massacre at the Munich Summer Olympics.

On Sept. 5, 1972, Palestinian militants with a Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) terrorist group called “Black September” took nine Israeli athletes hostage and demanded the release of several hundred Palestinians from Israeli prisons. When the police attempted to free the Israelis at the Fürstenfeldbruck military airport, where they were being held in two helicopters, the terrorists murdered all of their hostages. A police officer also died in the firefight. Three of the Palestinians survived, and the judge to whom the letter found in Pohl’s and Abramowski’s luggage was addressed was in charge of the case against them.

In the letter, Black September threatened to retaliate against the judge “if he continues to allow Israel intelligence agents to participate in the interrogations of the Olympic terrorists.” An examination of the weapons seized from Pohl and Abramowski proved that this was no joke by right-wing extremist copycats.

Der Spiegel continued:

This evidence practically proved that the suspicion that German neo-Nazis Pohl and Abramowski were collaborating with the Palestinian terrorists was in fact true.

Why would Arafat’s Black September work with right-wing extremists in an operation that involved taking Israeli athletes hostage in Munich? Could it be that perhaps the premise is wrong and that Nazis are ‘left-wing extremists’?

This is an AMAZING find. Read it all.

Paging Stephen Spielberg… When can we expect a ‘Munich’ re-release?

h/t Atlas


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