The Strange Story of the Japanese Terrorists Behind the '72 Israel Airport Massacre

The terrorist attack at Israel's Lod airport in May 1972 claimed the lives of 26 people and changed civil aviation forever. Fifty years on, the lone surviving terrorist is a free man in Lebanon and the attack's mastermind is set to be released from prison

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Rotem Kowner
Rotem Kowner

TOKYO – Exactly 50 years ago, the world’s civil aviation industry suffered a serious setback. The cause was not an oil crisis, an epidemic or a plane crash, but a massacre perpetrated at Lod Airport (today’s Ben-Gurion International Airport), southeast of Tel Aviv. The public repercussions of the event were the strict security checks passengers worldwide have to undergo to this day ahead of every flight.



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