On December 27, 1985 several very frustrated Palestinians attacked people standing in line at the El Al counters at the airports in Rome, Italy and Vienna, Austria. Seven Arabs used assault rifles and hand grenades against hundreds of people waiting to get on flights to Israel. They killed nineteen people and injured over one hundred.
The Palestinians were worried that these tourists might buy strawberries from the West Bank and generally support the Israeli economy. They anticipated that these pro-Zionists might also one day support blockading the Gaza Strip and erecting a security barrier in the West Bank to stop further acts of resistance.
The attack was orchestrated by a group commonly known as Abu Nidal, or the Revolutionary Organization of Socialist Muslims. Socialist Muslims today and the Democratic Socialists of America continue to urge people to recognize the humanity of Palestinians and the “struggles of Palestinian workers against the racist, settler-colonialist Zionist project,” and mark the day.
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