A Tunisian MP has received threatening letters after he planned to file a lawsuit against the Israeli regime for the 1988 assassination of the deputy of late Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) leader Yasser Arafat, Press TV reports.
“I have received six letters from people threatening to kill me… I think Israel is the reason for what’s happening,” Tunisian Parliament Member, Abderraouf Ayadi said on Sunday.
This comes after Ayadi announced on November 5 that he planned to sue Israel for the killing of Khalil al-Wazir, known as Abu Jihad, in the Tunisian capital city of Tunis, 25 years ago.
He made the announcement after Israel’s daily Yedioth Ahronot reported on November 1, that the Israeli spy agency, Mossad, and the Israeli General Staff Reconnaissance Unit, Sayeret Matkal, had planned a joint operation that led to the assassination of the PLO official.
Israeli Minister for Military Affairs Ehud Barak and Deputy Prime Minister Moshe Yaalon were also involved in the operation at that time, the report said. However, the offices of both Israeli officials have refused to comment on the issue.
Abu Jihad was killed in a raid on the headquarters of the Palestinian organization in Tunis. He was shot in the head with a gun equipped with a silencer that had been hidden in a box of chocolate.
Wazir was the number two man in the PLO and played an important role in directing the 1987-1994 Palestinian uprising, Intifada, against the Israeli occupation.