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Terror in Black September: The First Eyewitness Account of by David Raab

By David Raab

On Sunday, September 6, 1970, the preferred entrance for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) hijacked 4 airliners certain from Europe for brand spanking new York.  One, a new Pan Am 747, was once taken to Cairo and blown up merely seconds after its passengers escaped.  The try and hijack a moment airplane, an El Al flight, used to be foiled and the airplane landed competently within the UK.  different planes, one TWA and one Swissair, have been directed to the wilderness ground thirty-five miles northeast of Amman, Jordan, the place a twenty-five day hostage drama began.  With the extra hijacking of a British airliner, over 400 and fifty hostages had landed within the Jordanian wasteland. David Raab was once at the TWA flight along with his mom and siblings yet was once separated from them and brought to a refugee camp after which to an house in Amman the place he was once held hostage via a civil conflict. this is often his tale.

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Telephone lines from Amman to Beirut were down yet again. S. embassy, and the embassy took a hit. Later in the afternoon, fedayeen directed machine gun and rocket fire at government radio and television buildings, an army position, and a police station. The car of a member of the royal family was fired upon in Amman’s suburbs. 5 Bern, 11 AM In a move that would prove embarrassing and from which it would have to quickly back-pedal, the Swiss government capitulated to the PFLP—even 34 Terror in Black September before the PFLP had formally presented its demands.

S. responsibility. Nonetheless, Israel was extremely concerned that the PFLP would segregate its citizens (as it had done the prior year in Damascus) and the Jewish passengers, whom they would treat more harshly, and try to hold longer. 13 Dawson Field, 5:30 PM By the time the women and children had climbed back on the plane and gotten themselves settled, it was getting dark. One woman recalled, “It was a very dejected group because we had experienced a terrible letdown. ” Our family had rows eight and nine on the left side when we first got on board, but when we left the plane, we lost our seats.

Abu-Omar refused Zweifel’s request to visit the planes, blaming the Jordanian army’s cordon. The army was indeed adamantly refusing diplomatic access to Dawson. But the PFLP would probably have refused in any case, not wanting embassies to find out how many of their citizens were aboard. Throughout the entire three weeks, the PFLP would deny access by government representatives to their citizens and would not even provide a list of hostages. The PFLP’s demands clearly indicated its intent to isolate and then conduct protracted negotiations with Israel.

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