Ten years ago a Palestinian Arab shot seven people, killing one, at the Empire State Building. After insisting it wasn’t a political attack for ten years, now his family admits that it was indeed an attack in service of the jihad against Israel.
With all the talk these days about how terrible it is for some people to question whether or not the killer’s Islamic religion had anything to do with the Salt Lake City mall murders, this is an especially intriguing story.
“Killer’s daughter admits it was political,” by Mahmoud Habboush in the New York Daily News, with thanks to MJN:
GAZA CITY – Ali Abu Kamal’s relatives say they are tired of lying about why the Palestinian opened fire on the observation deck of Empire State Building, killing a tourist and injuring six other people before committing suicide.
Kamal’s widow insisted after the shooting spree that the attack was not politically motivated. She said that her husband had become suicidal after losing $300,000 in a business venture.
But in a stunning admission, Kamal’s 48-year-old daughter Linda told the Daily News that her dad wanted to punish the U.S. for supporting Israel – and revealed her mom’s 1997 account was a cover story crafted by the Palestinian Authority.
“A Palestinian Authority official advised us to say the attack was not for political reasons because that would harm the peace agreement with Israel,” she told The News on Friday. “We didn’t know that he was martyred for patriotic motivations, so we repeated what we were told to do.”
But three days after the shootings, Kamal’s family got a copy of a letter that was found on his body, they said. The letter said he planned the violence as a political statement, his daughter said.
“When we wanted to clarify that to the media, nobody listened to us,” she said. “His goal was patriotic. He wanted to take revenge from the Americans, the British, the French and the Israelis.”
She said the family became certain that he carried out the attack for political reasons after reading his diary.
“He wrote that after he raised his children and made sure that his family was all right he decided to avenge in the highest building in America to make sure they get his message,” said Linda, who works for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees….