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Part of a Swissair blown fuselage following a crash.

Switzerland and the terrorist Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) agreed on a secret deal back in 1970, whereby the latter would no longer carry out bloody attacks against the Swiss, Neue Zürcher Zeitung (NZZ) reported Wednesday. According to the report, a delegation led by Foreign Minister Pierre Graber met senior PLO officials in Geneva to negotiate a pact offering diplomatic support for the Palestinians and their cause in return for assurances there would be no more attacks.

Palestinian terrorism in Switzerland began in February 1969, when a PLO squad attacked an El Al plane in Zurich killing one of the crew members. Three terrorists were arrested and sentenced to life in prison. One year later, in February 1970, George Habash’s Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) blew up a Swissair plane in mid flight killing 47 passengers and crew, including 15 Israelis. The plane fell only 900 yards from a Swiss nuclear research reactor. And on September 6, 1970, a Swissair plane on its way to the US was hijacked. Three other planes were hijacked at the same time, including an El Al flight, the only one where the hijackers were subdued.

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So the Swiss had a lot at stake and a serious motivation to try to be spared from new attacks.

The first contacts between the Swiss minister and the Palestinians, according to NZZ, was initiated by Jean Ziegler, a controversial leftwing member of the Swiss parliament at the time and a professor of sociology at the University of Geneva and the Sorbonne, Paris, who nowadays serves as member of the Advisory Committee to the United Nations Human Rights Council.

The talks had to remain clandestine, so as not to create a diplomatic crisis with the United States, Britain, Germany and Israel, according to the newspaper report. And full details of the agreement are still locked away under a 50-year statute of limitations. But NZZ insists there was a deal and it was as shameful as they come. Ziegler connected the PLO with FM Graber, who was member of his party, and they came up with four guarantees:

The Swiss released the terrorists who only one year earlier had been sentenced to life in prison.

Switzerland committed to supporting PLO interests in international diplomatic circles.

The Swiss got the PLO an observer’s status at the UN Geneva agencies.

And, most important, the Swiss became permanent PLO hostages, since at any time Chairman Arafat could expose them to the world as the cowards they were. Over the years the PLO has taken full advantage of this, under the double threat of revealing the deal and renewing terror attacks. To this day the extent of the Swiss service and capitulation to the PLO is not fully known.

And there was the matter of Farouk Kaddoumi, Secretary-general of Fatah’s central committee, whose relative had been charged with blowing up those 47 Swissair passengers in February 1970. But then, overnight, the charges were dropped.

Diplomatic Documents of Switzerland (DDS), a research project that edits important documents on Swiss foreign relations and contemporary history, on Wednesday pooh-pooed the importance of those reported contacts between Switzerland and PLO officials. “The Graber talks in Geneva in September 1970 have not been known before, but they are unlikely to have had a decisive impact on further developments in relations between Switzerland and the PLO,” they said in a statement. They insist they found no trace of the Geneva meeting in official documents.

And they say they doubt Swiss closer official ties with PLO representatives in the mid 1970s were directly connected to the alleged secret deal. But they did find official documents saying the Swiss government was very much interested in letting the PLO set up an office in Geneva to “reduce the danger of terror attacks in Switzerland.”

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13 COMMENTS

  1. We Jews were the merchants of the world .We could sell ice to the eskimos in the winter! We definitly started most of the giant ad companies . Now ,the Arabs took over as the sellers, and as the agents of twisted facts they encounter NO worthy opposition from us. (I do not consider a call to murder and elimination of a 1/3 of the universe _i.e.muslims-as a worthy opposition) no wonder they succeed while we sleep… soft selling of the truth anyone ? YES WE CAN….

  2. Switserland has never been concerned with morality or even honesty. The Swiss government has always put everything else secondary to Finances . They would not even condemn Hitler and Nazi Germany because of fear of financil disaster. The Swiss government for years has helped criminals and criminal countries to hide assets in the banks of Zurich.and Geneva. Protecting the most psychopathic people and statres such as Nazi Germany from the efforts to return these assetts to the rightful owners.For many years the "drug lords" hid their funds in Zurich or Geneva. Only recently has the swiss government begun to return assetts to the famil of Jews who burned in the ovens of Aushwitz, Birkinow, Sobibor, and others. The question is::Is Switserland antisocial or psychopathic. They are part of the problem , They have never been part of the answer

  3. Shame on them… No wonder Europe is going down. When we go against the Jewish people and Israel we are going against God…I am also concerned about Canada as well. We are going against God's ways too. The World has gone crazy. Time for our precious Lord to return. Lord please have mercy….

  4. why stop in 1970, how about the Swissair plane hijacked to Amman in 1967 by the philistines. A rich country like Switzerland more conscientious about their airplanes than humans? Obviously since during WWII, they locked their doors to the Jews and welcomed Nazi money and gold stolen from the Jews from the death camps make the swiss collabarators to hitler's. Germany. Switzerland official language is German as is their Germany kinship so they are of the same sub-human degenerated blood.

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