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The media and the missing Abu Jihad

Grant Rumley
4th October 2017 - Quoted by Sean Durns - Washington Jewish Week

On Feb. 15, a convicted terrorist whose nom de guerre is Abu Jihad (“Father of Jihad”) was appointed deputy to Palestinian Authority president and Fatah head Mahmoud Abbas.

Haven’t heard about Abu Jihad? It’s not your fault. There has been almost no coverage about him in major U.S. news outlets.

His actual name is Mahmoud al-Aloul. In his early years, he participated in numerous terrorist attacks as an operative for the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), which was then a U.S.-designated terrorist group. His mentor was the arch terrorist and Fatah founding father Khalil al-Wazir, who also went by the name Abu Jihad.

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Grant Rumley, an analyst with the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, noted in The American Interest that the three likeliest contenders to replace Abbas are “Marwan Barghouti, Jibril Rajoub and Mahmoud al-Aloul … all represent a significant shift of power back to the Palestinian street. And all three figures have connections to the Tanzim.”

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