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Sunday, January 27, 2008

Partner for Peace ...

Mahmoud Abbas, looks during a ceremony to mark the death of George Habash (seen in picture in background), the founder of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PLFP), at his headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2008. Habash, whose radical PLO faction gained notoriety after the simultaneous hijackings of four Western airliners in 1970 and the seizure of an Air France flight to Entebbe, Uganda, died Saturday in Jordan, where he had been living since 1992.

PLFP was responsible for simultaneous hijackings of four Western airliners in 1970 and the seizure of an Air France flight to Entebbe, Uganda.

The group also was responsible for gunning down 27 people at Israel's Lod airport in May 1972. And it was behind what is considered one of the first Palestinian hijackings, of an Israeli El Al flight from Rome to Tel Aviv in 1968.

Mahmoud Abbas
's office declared a 3-day mourning period for Habash. Nabil Abu Rdainah, a senior Abbas aide, paid tribute to him as a "historical leader."

In Damascus, senior Hamas official Mohammad Nazzal said Habash's death was a "huge loss" for the Palestinian cause.

"We had our ideological differences, but Dr. Habash shared Hamas' opposition to the peace deals the Palestinian Liberation Organisation signed with the Jewish state as a sell-out of Palestinian rights," Nazzal said.

Give him a State. My foot.

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