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Electronic Intifada, 26th August 2015
In 1985 four Palestinian commandos booked passage on an Italian cruise liner, the Achille Lauro. According to their plan, they should have remained undercover, acting as holidaymakers, until they reached an Israeli port. Then they would disembark and engage Israeli troops. But fearing discovery, the four instead hijacked the liner and, panicking, started to threaten passengers. They shot and killed Leon Klinghoffer, a 69-year-old New Yorker who used a wheelchair.
Mohammad al-Abbas, known as Abu al-Abbas, had masterminded the operation in his role as military commander of the Palestine Liberation Front, one of the many factions of the armed Palestinian resistance active in the 1970s and ’80s.
Curse of the Achille Lauro is an attempt by his widow, Reem al-Nimer, to tell Abu al-Abbas’ life story, to place his record as a fighter in its personal and historic context, and to offer a portrait of the heyday of the Palestinian resistance.
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