DUBLIN, Ireland – It was in Bethlehem in January 2002 that militants controlled the biblical city. Avi Boaz, a 72-year-old American architect fluent in Arabic, is driving through the town where he’s worked for more than three decades. He’s stopped by armed men demanding to see identification. After examining his U.S. Passport, they shout “Jew” in Arabic, raise their weapons, then hijack his car.
According to western intelligence and law enforcement sources, the militants then drive Boaz to an abandoned soccer field, put him back behind the wheel, and open fire, killing him instantly.
It was a calculated and cold-blooded attack. And U.S. and Israeli officials say they”ve identified the alleged mastermind. But, today, that individual is not behind bars. He’s walking the streets a free man.
Lisa Myers, correspondent: How much freedom do you have here in Ireland?
Jihad Ja’ara: 100 percent.
Myers: 100 percent freedom?
Jihad Ja”ara is a legendary Palestinian terrorist. For years, he’s led a double life. As an officer in the Palestinian equivalent of the FBI, Ja”ara was responsible for preventing terrorist attacks. Yet, at the same time, he was committing acts of violence. In 2002, he was a top operative for a terrorist group known as the Al Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, which has killed hundreds of Israelis and at least five Americans.
Myers: How many people did you kill or did you order killed?
Ja’ara: It’s not important for me how many I kill, one or ten or 100.
Myers: Do you still consider yourself a member of the Al Aqsa Martyrs” Brigade?
Ja’ara: Yes, and I”m proud.
And he’s unrepentent.
Myers: Did you engage in bombings?
Ja’ara: We do everything. What we can do.
Myers: So, we should assume that you engaged in bombings.
Ja’ara: I not tell you exactly. But I was a freedom fighter.
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