Tunisian lawyers to sue Israel over Abu Jihad assassination

Khalil al-Wazir, known as Abu Jihad, was the deputy of late Palestine Liberation Organization leader Yasser Arafat. (File photo)

Khalil al-Wazir, known as Abu Jihad, was the deputy of late Palestine Liberation Organization leader Yasser Arafat. (File photo)
Two Tunisian lawyers plan to file a lawsuit against the Israeli regime for the 1988 assassination of the deputy of late Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) leader Yasser Arafat.

Abderraouf Ayadi and Abdelmajid Abdelli are slated to press charges against the Tel Aviv regime for the killing of Khalil al-Wazir, known as Abu Jihad, in the Tunisian capital city of Tunis, 25 years ago, Tunisia’s official TAP news agency reported on Sunday.

The announcement came after Israel’s daily Yedioth Ahronot reported on Thursday that the Israeli spy agency, Mossad, and the Israeli General Staff Reconnaissance Unit, Sayeret Matkal, planned a joint operation that led to the assassination of the PLO official.

Israeli Minister for Military Affairs Ehud Barak and Deputy Prime Minister Moshe Yaalon were also involved in the operation at that time, the report said. However, the offices of both Israeli officials have refused to comment on the issue.

Abu Jihad was killed in a raid on the headquarters of the Palestinian organization in Tunis. He was shot in the head with a gun equipped with a silencer that had been hidden in a box of chocolate.

In 2000, Nahum Lev, the Israeli commando who killed Wazir, had an interview with Yedioth Ahronot.

The Israeli daily included a quotation of Lev in its Thursday report, “I shot him with a long burst of fire. I was careful not to hurt his wife, who had showed up there. He died.”

Lev and another Israeli commando, who was disguised as a woman, approached Wazir’s house pretending they were a couple. The commando in woman disguise distracted a bodyguard by asking for directions, allowing Lev to shoot the Palestinian figure.

Lev died in a motorcycle accident in 2000.

Wazir was the number two man in the PLO and played an important role in directing the 1987-1994 Palestinian uprising, Intifada, against the Israeli occupation.

MR/AS


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