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>PD Jan. 16, 1995, V3, #9
IDF Bombs PFLP HQ Near Beirut
By Patricia Golan (Jerusalem)
Israeli warplanes have bombed bases in Lebanon belonging to radical
Palestinian guerrillas. The strikes south of Beirut Sunday forced
the temporary closure of Beirut International Airport.
The Israeli planes attacked a base of the Popular Front for the
Liberation of Palestine - General Command. The PFLP is a breakaway
faction led by Ahmed Jibril, a group opposed to peace with Israel.
The Israel army spokesman says pilots reported accurate hits on the
bases which, the statement says, were used to launch attacks
against Israeli targets. The PFLP General Command has recently
stepped up its attacks in southern Lebanon, where Israel controls
a buffer zone along the Lebanese-Israeli border.
During the raids, Beirut International Airport closed down for one
hour when Israeli jets fired rockets into the hills south of the
airfield. It was the first time the airport shut down since the
end of Lebanon's civil war in 1990.
Sources in Lebanon say four civilians were injured in the bombing,
the third Israeli raid on targets in Lebanon this year.
Peres Praises Argentine Efforts
By Dawn Makinson (Buenos Aires)
Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres is trying to allay fears of
another terrorist attack in Argentina. Peres met with President
Carlos Menem, and said Argentina's terrorist investigations are on
the right track. But almost six months after a terrorist bombing
destroyed a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires and killed
almost 100 people, investigations have ended.
Under heavy security, Peres in Buenos Aires said Friday he feels
safe in Argentina. Peres also praised Argentine terrorist
Two men are being held in connection with the most recent bombing
of a Jewish center, but neither appears to have been directly
involved. Investigators are concentrating on suspects in
neighboring countries, and accusations by the local Jewish
community that government investigators do not want to dig into
local Nazi networks, which is reportedly link to terrorists.
Menem admitted poor security such as that provoked the last
bombing, simply because it made Argentina such an easy target.
What Happened to Qubilah Shabazz?
By Paul Francuch (Chicago)
The daughter of slain Black Muslim leader Malcolm X, Qubilah
Shabazz, was indicted last Thursday on charges she plotted to have
another Black Muslim leader assassinated. It is the latest
incident in a long bizarre tale of acrimony among members of the
African-American Muslim community. Several leaders of the
community are skeptical of the charges, believing the daughter of
Malcolm X is a victim of government entrapment.
A nine-count federal indictment was handed down by prosecutors
against Qubilah Shabazz in Minneapolis, the city where she is now
living after allegedly moving there to hire a gunman to assassinate
"Nation of Islam" Black Muslim leader Louis Farrakhan. Farrakhan
was first the mentor and then rival of Malcolm X. He has also long
been suspected by members of Malcolm's family of having a role in
the 1965 murder. Farrakhan has consistently denied having any
connection with the killing.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation says Shabazz made telephone
calls to the gunman she wanted to hire and made a partial payment
for the killing. The FBI says it informed Farrakhan of the plot.
Shabazz voluntarily surrendered to authorities in Minneapolis and
was released on bond. Her attorney says she is innocent of the
charges, adding that the hired gunman is actually a one-time friend
of Shabazz and a government informant.
This past Friday, representatives of the Nation of Islam joined
the chorus of disbelief among some members of the African-American
community. They suggested Shabazz's role is part of a government
"conspiracy," to use the word of a Nation of Islam attorney, to
disrupt a growing unity movement among the black community in the
United States. Farrakhan has not yet commented publicly on the
indictment of Shabazz.
Shabazz was at the New York City theater where her father, Malcolm
X, was speaking when he was gunned-down by three men said to be
followers of former Nation of Islam leader Elijah Muhammad. The
three were convicted of the slaying. But the family of Malcolm X
and some authorities believe more were involved. Malcolm X's wife,
Betty Shabazz, has publicly stated she suspects Farrakhan was in on
Farrakhan, a former New York City entertainer, was attracted to the
Nation of Islam by Malcolm. The religious movement, which is
generally not recognized by orthodox Islamic sects, was founded
more than 60 years ago in Detroit by the late Fard Muhammad. The
group later moved its headquarters to Chicago under the leadership
of Elijah Muhammad, the son of a Baptist minister.
While outside estimates of the group's official membership have
varied widely over the years, the Nation of Islam has attracted
much wider attention and support of the African-American community
than its official membership suggests. But the religious group has
also been criticized for its teachings that white people are devils
and that whites and blacks should remain separate.
Malcolm X was once a leading voice within the Nation and a
spokesman for Elijah Muhammad.
Originally named Malcolm Little and reared in the Midwest, the man
who was to be named Malcolm X saw his boyhood home burned to the
ground by the Ku Klux Klan. A troubled youth whose father was
murdered and whose mother was institutionalized for mental illness,
Malcolm turned to the Nation of Islam for spiritual guidance while
serving a prison sentence for burglary. After his release, Malcolm
moved to Chicago to formally join Elijah Muhammad's sect.
Malcolm X's eloquent speeches against black exploitation by whites
won him the widespread attention and admiration of African
Americans. But in 1964, he left the Nation of Islam. The group
suspended him after he made derogatory comments about President
John F. Kennedy's assassination the year before. Malcolm's
popularity also was said to have caused rivalry within the Nation
of Islam. After leaving the group, he formed his own organization
which rivaled the Nation of Islam. He was murdered a year later.
Before the killing, however, there were signs of impending
violence. Malcolm X had charged that Elijah Muhammad had
extramarital affairs. Bitter charges and countercharges were
leveled. And in a now much-quoted event, Elijah Muhammad's new
spokesman, Louis Farrakhan, wrote an article in the Nation of
Islam's newsletter prior to Malcolm's murder suggesting that he
"was worthy of death."
Division between Black Muslims in the U.S. has lingered on since
the death of Malcolm X. When Elijah Muhammad died, his son,
Wallace Dean Muhammad formed a more traditional Islamic sect while
Farrakhan inherited the leadership of the Nation of Islam. News
reports quoting anonymous Black Muslim sources say the two leaders
are constantly protected against violence from one another's group.
Commentary: The Farrakhan Connection
By Dan Leeson (Los Altos, Calif.)
On reading the accusation that Malcolm X's daughter is alleged to
have hired a hit-man to assassinate Louis Farrakhan, I ventured the
opinion to myself that, within one week, there will be some way to
tie the entire matter to the Jews.
I was wrong. It took only one day.
In the New York Times (Jan. 14, West Coast edition), reference is
made to the fact that the person whom Malcolm X's daughter
allegedly solicited for this foul act is a young man whose mother
is said to be a Jew and who was a member of the Jewish Defense
The man is described as a drug user and a sordid past is ascribed
to him as well.
How many news stories have you read recently in which some
character was described as having a Catholic mother and belonging
to the Masonic order, or having a Baptist mother and belonging to
the American Chess Federation? But let Farrakhan be involved and,
somehow, the media seems to find it necessary to investigate the
religious backgrounds of every character in the scenario.
I remember as a child reading about the kidnapping of the Lindberg
baby and then, very much later at the trial of Bruno Richard
Hauptmann, being advised that the prosecuting attorney was a Jew.
Perhaps if that person had been an Episcopalian, the wrongs done to
the Lindberg family might have been more easily assimilated.
If there is a built-in reaction to look for Jews behind every
negative human activity, it must be fed by or at least perpetuated by
the actions of the media in this respect.
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