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´Neo-Nazi helped Black September Munich attack´ (JERUSALEM POST) By BENJAMIN WEINTHAL, JERUSALEM POST CORRESPONDENT 06/17/12) Source: http://www.jpost.com/International/Article.aspx?id=274144
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Berlin – Newly released files from Germany´s domestic intelligence agency reveal that neo-Nazis plotted with the Palestinian group Black September in the 1972 Munich Olympic terror attack that killed 11 Israeli athletes, according to a Der Spiegel magazine story on Sunday.
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According to the online Spiegel report, police in the city of Dortmund sent a notice to the German domestic intelligence agency, Verfassungsschutz (BfV), in which “Saad Walli, an ‘Arab looking man’ met conspiratorially with the German neo-Nazi Willi Pohl." The meeting took place roughly seven weeks before the 1972 terror attack in Munich.
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Saad Walli was the cover name for Abu Daoud, who is widely believed to be the ringleader of the 1972 terror attack in Germany. Pohl bragged to his employer about his contact with the extremist PLO wing.
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According to the BfV documents, there is no indication that various German authorities acted on the information about Daoud from the Dortmund police. Spiegel wrote that helps explain why the Palestinians were able to prepare their action in an unfettered way in the Federal Republic.
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Pohl, the neo-Nazi, is now a crime fiction author and said, “I chauffeured Abu Daoud throughout the entire Federal Republic where he met in different cities with Palestinians.” Pohl helped Daoud obtain false passports and other documents, according to the report.
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Spiegel added that Pohl has now “credibly distanced himself” and claims that he was involved without his knowledge in preparations for the 1972 Olympic terror attack. The BfV document contains 2,000 pages of material about the attacks.
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It is unclear why the German domestic intelligence agency, state and federal police authorities failed to act on the information from the local Dortmund police. Critics have long accused the German authorities of a lax enforcement policy toward radical Islamic groups. The Iranian-backed Hezbollah, which has engaged in terror attacks in the Middle East and in South America, is a legal political organization in Germany, with an estimated 900 active members.
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In connection with another planned PLO attack in Germany, the PLO’s secret service head – Abu Iyad assigned Pohl to plan kidnapping operations at the Cologne cathedral and in the city halls of a number of German cities. In late October 1972, authorities arrested Pohl and an accomplice in Munich, and the police confiscated machine guns, hand grenades and other military equipment. In one suitcase, a threatening letter from the Black September group was found. The threat in the letter was directed at a judge who was investigating three terrorists who survived the 1972 killings of the Israeli athletes.
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After the PLO hijacked a Lufthansa plane in 1972, the German authorities released the three PLO terrorists. Critics say Germany failed at the time to clamp down on Palestinian terror activity in the country. Despite the overwhelming proof of Pohl’s terror activity, Spiegel noted that Pohl was handed a mild sentence of two years and two months in prison for weapons possession.
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Four days after Pohl was sentenced, he fled to Beirut. He currently writes his crime novels under a new name in Germany. (© 1995-2011, The Jerusalem Post 06/17/12)
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