|Death: ||Jul. 3, 2010|
Terrorist. He was the leader of the militant "Black September" group, an offshoot of the Palestine Liberation Organization that became notorious in the early 1970s. Born in Palestinian East Jerusalem, Oudeh fled to Jordan following the 1967 Arab-Israeli War and soon joined the PLO. In 1972 he masterminded, but did not personally take part in, the hostage-taking of Israeli athletes at the Summer Olympic Games in Munich, Germany, an incident that would go down in history as the "Munich Massacre." On the morning of September 5th, eight Palestinian commandos, dressed as athletes and carrying duffel bags concealing automatic weapons, scaled the fences surrounding the athlete's compound and targeted the Israeli dormitory. They killed two members of the Israeli delegation during the initial assault and then took an additional nine athletes and coaches as hostages, demanding the release of more than 200 Palestine political prisoners held by Israel. The Israeli government refused to negotiate with the militants, creating a tense standoff. The two-day hostage crisis quickly developed into a major international news event, covered live, and viewed by an estimated 900 million people in 100 countries. As the group attempted to flee the country with their captives in helicopters, a failed rescue attempt by German special forces resulted in the deaths of the remaining nine Israeli hostages, five of the terrorists, and one German policeman. American viewers were informed of the tragedy by veteran ABC sports anchor Jim Mckay, saying "Our worst fears have been realized tonight. They have now said there were 11 hostages; two were killed in their rooms yesterday morning, nine were killed at the airport tonight. They're all gone." The PLO forced Oudeh to disband "Black Semptember" in 1973, though he remained active within the organization. In July 1981 he was the target of a near-fatal Israeli assassination attempt, surviving after being shot 13 times outside a Polish coffee shop. He went on to author the book "Palestine: From Jerusalem to Munich" (1999). Oudeh died in the Syrian capital from kidney failure, unrepentant to the end about his role in the Munich Massacre. In a 2006 interview with a German journalist he stated, "I regret nothing. You can only dream that I would apologize." (bio by: Nils M. Solsvik Jr.)
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Record added: Jul 07, 2010
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