Abbas Appoints Terrorist as Adviser

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JERUSALEM, Israel -- Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas announced the appointment of a former Fatah terror commander as his adviser.

Hussein Fayyad, who helped carry out a major terror attack against Israelis 35 years ago, has been appointed an adviser to the P.A. leader, Jerusalem Post Palestinian Affairs correspondent Khaled Abu Toameh reported.

(Fayyad is not related to acting Palestinian Prime Minister Salaam Fayyad.)

According to the report, Fayyad served as one of the commanders in the 1978 Coastal Road massacre, which led to the deaths of 38 Israeli civilians, including 13 children.

Fayyad, freed in a prisoner swap in 1985, said Abbas officially appointed him as his adviser in 2008, but never followed through.

Fayyad, who resides in Algiers, went on a hunger strike a week ago to protest his treatment by the Palestinian Authority, saying its leaders neither answered his phone calls nor responded to his letters.

Finally, he received a call from PLO executive committee member Abbas Zaki, who praised him as "a fighter for the Palestine revolution" and said he would go to bat for him with Abbas.

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