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Why criticize Ali, who hasn't killed anyone? Better to condemn murderers like Mahmoud Abbas

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Submitted by Michael S (United States), Jun 10, 2016 at 03:26

... Do you want someone to write an exposé on? How about Mahmoud Abbas:

"Of those believed to have planned the massacre, only Abu Daoud, the man who claims that the attack was his idea, is known to have died of natural causes. Historical documents released to Der Spiegel by the German secret service show that Dortmund police had been aware of collaboration between Abu Daoud and neo-Nazi Willi Pohl (de) (aka E. W. Pless and, since 1979, officially named Willi Voss) seven weeks before the attack.[75] In January 1977, Abu Daoud was intercepted by French police in Paris while traveling from Beirut under an assumed name.[76] Under protest from the PLO, Iraq, and Libya, who claimed that because Abu Daoud was traveling to a PLO comrade's funeral he should receive diplomatic immunity, the French government refused a West German extradition request on grounds that forms had not been filled in properly, and put him on a plane to Algeria before Germany could submit another request.[76] On 27 July 1981, he was shot 5 times from a distance of around two meters in a Warsaw Victoria (now Sofitel) hotel coffee shop, but survived the attack, chasing his would-be assassin down to the coffee shop's front entrance before collapsing;

"Abu Daoud was allowed safe passage through Israel in 1996 so he could attend a PLO meeting convened in the Gaza Strip for the purpose of rescinding an article in its charter that called for Israel's eradication.[11] In his autobiography, From Jerusalem to Munich, first published in France in 1999, and later in a written interview with Sports Illustrated,[77] Abu Daoud wrote that funds for Munich were provided by Mahmoud Abbas, Chairman of the PLO since 11 November 2004 and President of the Palestinian National Authority since 15 January 2005.[78]

'Though he claims he didn't know what the money was being spent for, longtime Fatah official Mahmoud Abbas, aka Abu Mazen, was responsible for the financing of the Munich attack.'[79]

"Abu Daoud believes that if the Israelis knew that Mahmoud Abbas was the financier of the operation, the 1993 Oslo Accords would not have been achieved, during which Mahmoud Abbas was seen in photo ops at the White House"

-- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Munich_massacre

For all of Ali's quirkiness, he never lifted a hand against a Jew. Mahmoud Abbas, on the other hand, has much Jewish blood on his hands; but not only is he praised the world over, like Ali, but the Israeli and American governments honor him every day by calling him a "partner for peace". Why isn't he rotting in a US or Israeli prison, and standing trial for crimes against humanity? Compared to that, this talk about the boxer is trivial.

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Daniel Pipes replies:

I fail to see what Mahmoud Abbas has to do with topic of a much-praised American boxer. Let's judge the latter on his own terms.

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