18 februar, 2007

Nyt lys kastet på terror-mord på dansker

New York Daily News via LGF:

Ali Abu Kamal's relatives say they are tired of lying about why the Palestinian opened fire on the observation deck of Empire State Building, killing a tourist and injuring six other people before committing suicide.

Kamal's widow insisted after the shooting spree that the attack was not politically motivated. She said that her husband had become suicidal after losing $300,000 in a business venture.

But in a stunning admission, Kamal's 48-year-old daughter Linda told the Daily News that her dad wanted to punish the U.S. for supporting Israel - and revealed her mom's 1997 account was a cover story crafted by the Palestinian Authority.

"A Palestinian Authority official advised us to say the attack was not for political reasons because that would harm the peace agreement with Israel," she told The News on Friday. "We didn't know that he was martyred for patriotic motivations, so we repeated what we were told to do."

But three days after the shootings, Kamal's family got a copy of a letter that was found on his body, they said. The letter said he planned the violence as a political statement, his daughter said.

"When we wanted to clarify that to the media, nobody listened to us," she said. "His goal was patriotic. He wanted to take revenge from the Americans, the British, the French and the Israelis."

She said the family became certain that he carried out the attack for political reasons after reading his diary.

"He wrote that after he raised his children and made sure that his family was all right he decided to avenge in the highest building in America to make sure they get his message," said Linda, who works for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees.

She said her mom burned the diary, fearing that it would cause the family trouble.

Artiklen nævner det ikke, men den dræbte "turist" var danskeren Christoffer Burmeister. Burmeister var på toppen af Empire State Building for at fejre at han og hans dansk-amerikanske band Bushpilots stod lige foran deres gennembrud i USA. Istedet skød og dræbte terroristen Christoffer Burmeister, og efterlod hans bedste ven Matthew Gross hjerneskadet for livet.

Christoffer efterlod sig en gravid kone. Bushpilots forsøgte et come-back uden ham, men gik i opløsning. Bassistens kæreste så sig tvunget til at abortere deres barn. Halvandet år efter kollapsede han på Strøget.

Alt sammen fordi en muslimsk araber syntes, han skulle "hævne sig på USA".

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