The controversy over the denial of a U.S. visa to Arafat sent us to our files on a well-known Middle East terrorist. We unearthed the following history.
In his youth this individual joined a pro-fascist group which laid holy claim to all of Palestine and even the East Bank of the Jordan. With him as leader, the group conducted bombings and killings in support of its nationalist crusade, even against co-religionists deemed too moderate.
He once wrote, "A large part of the law books are but a disguise for terrorist rule. . . . The true terrorist sits behind his pile of papers, behind the laws he made."
In quest of its fanatic vision the group took part in a massacre. It assassinated a U.N. peace mediator.
Years later, our subject scorned the Camp David accords. In 1984, he foresaw "thousands of years, or even scores of thousands of years of terrorism."