Pioneers of terrorism
Below are some rarely-mentioned facts about the relationship between
Zionism and modern-day terrorism:
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.
3. 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.
5. 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
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
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 1946.
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.
12. Murder of hostages as a reprisal for government actions: first
used by the Zionists against the British in the Netanya area on 29
13. 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.