Pioneers of terrorism
the founding fathers of Israel
By Sam Kabbani
Below are some
rarely-mentioned facts about the relationship between Zionism and modern-day
1. The first aircraft hijacking was carried out by Israel in
1954 against a Syrian civilian airliner.
2. Grenades in cafes: first
used by Zionists against Palestinians in Jerusalem on 17 March 1937.
Delayed-action, electrically timed mines in crowded marketplaces: first used by
Zionists against Palestinians in Haifa on 6 July 1938.
4. Blowing up a
ship with its civilian passengers still on board: first carried out by Zionists
in Haifa on 25 November 1940. The Zionists did not hesitate to blow up their own
people in protest at the British policy of restricting Jewish immigration to
Palestine. The ship, Patria, was carrying 1,700 Jewish immigrants.
Assassination of government officials: first carried out by the Zionists against
the British in Cairo, when on 6 November 1944 Lord Moyne was assassinated by the
Stern Gang. Yitzhak Shamir, a member of the Irgun and later leader of the Stern
Gang and Israeli prime minister, was behind the plan.
6. Use of hostages
as a means of putting pressure on a government: first used by the Zionists
against the British in Tel Aviv on 18 June 1946.
7. Blowing up of
government offices with their civilian employees and visitors: first carried out
by the Zionists against the British in Jerusalem on 22 July 1946. The toll was
91 Britons killed and 46 wounded in the King David Hotel. Menachim Begin, who
masterminded and carried out the attack and later became Israeli prime minister,
admitted that the massacre was coordinated with and carried out under the
instruction of the Haganah Zionist gang.
8. Booby-trapped suitcases:
first used by the Zionists against the British Embassy in Rome on 13 October
9. Booby-trapped cars in civilian areas: first used by the
Zionists against the British in Sarafand (east of Jaffa) on 5 December 1946.
10. Beating of hostages: first used by the Zionists against the British
in Tel Aviv, Netanya and Rishon on 29 December 1946.
11. Letter bombs
sent to politicians: first used by the Zionists against Britain when 20 letter
bombs were sent from Italy to London between 4 and 6 June 1947.
Murder of hostages as a reprisal for government actions: first used by the
Zionists against the British in the Netanya area on 29 July 1947.
Postal parcel bombs: first used by the Zionists against the British in London on
3 September 1947.
14. The massacre of Qibya, northwest of Jerusalem, was
carried out by Unit 101, under the command of Ariel Sharon on Wednesday 14
October 1953. The attack was the bloodiest and most brutal Zionist crimes since
the infamous Deir Yassin massacre. Forty-two houses as well as a school and a
mosque were dynamited over their inhabitants. Seventy-five women, men and
children were killed.