Some of most notorious terror acts committed by Habash's group

  • July 22, 1968 - PFLP diverts an El Al airliner en route from Rome to Israel. After a hostage standoff in Algeria, all passengers and crew are eventually released.
  • Sept. 6, 1970 - Habash commandos hijack three airliners, Swiss Air, BOAC and TWA, and take them to a desert airstrip outside Amman, Jordan. Most passengers are released by Sept. 12, when the Palestinians blow up the three planes, but 54 people are held hostage for 24 days. A fourth jet is flown to Cairo and blown up.
  • May 31, 1972 - The group uses Japanese Red Army terrorists to conduct a machine-gun attack at Lod Airport near Tel Aviv. Twenty-seven civilians, including 16 Puerto Rican tourists visiting Israel, are killed.
  • June 27, 1976 - The PFLP helps hijack an Air France airliner to Entebbe, Uganda, where four civilians are killed during a rescue operation by Israeli paratroopers.
  • Oct. 13, 1977 - Habash's men hijack a Lufthansa airliner to Mogadishu, Somalia, demanding the release of terrorists held in German jails. German commandos move onto the plane, killing three hijackers and capturing a fourth. One commando and four passengers wounded.
  • Aug. 20, 1978 - Gunmen using machine guns and a hand grenade attack a bus carrying an El Al crew as it stops at a London hotel. A hostess is killed, another is seriously injured and five others including pedestrians are hospitalized with bullet wounds. PFLP claims responsibility.
  • Oct. 17, 2001 - Tourism Minister Rehavam Zeevi assassinated at a Jerusalem hotel. PLFP claims responsibility, saying it was in retaliation for Israel killing a former leader of the organization, Ali Abu Mustafa.