Today is the 25th anniversary of Leon Klinghoffer’s murder by Palestinian terrorists.
Klinghoffer and his wife Marilyn were celebrating their 36th wedding anniversary with a Mediterranean cruise on the liner Achille Lauro. Palestinians seized the ship, murdered Mr. Klinghoffer, an American Jew, as he sat in his wheelchair, then forced the crew to shove his body into the sea. His corpse eventually washed up on the Syrian coast.
The Foreign Secretary of the PLO initially claimed that Mrs. Klinghoffer had killed her husband for the insurance money, but the PLO eventually had to admit responsibility in the face of so many witnesses to the shooting.
Last year, the leader of the terrorists gained early release from an Italian prison “for good behavior.”
Mrs. Klinghoffer, who died of colon cancer a few months after her husband’s murder, must have had incredible strength of spirit. Her call to her daughters from the Achille Lauro included the admonition,
Do your crying now. We have a lot of work when I come home.”
She did not want her husband’s death to be in vain. And the Klinghoffers’ daughters, Lisa and Ilsa, still work to keep their father’s memory alive.
Sadly, terrorism is still an accepted tactic in much of the world. So this 25th anniversary is a reminder that all of us still have a lot of work to do.