Canada finally deports Palestinian terrorist Mahmoud Mohammad Issa Mohammad

by 1389 on May 16, 2013

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Published on May 15, 2013 by SDAMatt2a

“Today has just become a very, very special day for my family,” he wrote on Facebook. “Way late, but late better than never, Canada today announced the deportation [of] this revolting excuse for a human being. …

It hadn’t been easy for Mr. Shirdan, 26, a Toronto visual artist and writer, knowing the terrorist who murdered his grandfather was living “freely and happily” at home with his wife in nearby Brantford, Ont.

“It was uncomfortable,” he said Tuesday.

The Shirdans, who emigrated from Israel in the 1990s, had only been in Canada a year when they learned Mohammed was just an hour’s drive away. It made them feel insecure. And the awkwardness was compounded as the government’s attempts to deport him dragged on, year after year.

Mohammad may have never known that those he hurt for his cause were so near. Because the Shirdans suffered quietly, he was probably unaware that the government fighting his attempts to make Canada his refuge had welcomed the family of his victim.

As a 27-year Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine member, Mohammad had arrived in Athens from Beirut on Dec. 26, 1968 on a mission to attack an El Al plane (on the erroneous pretext the airline was involved in Israeli military activities).

The Boeing 707 was on the tarmac, next stop New York, when Mohammad and his accomplice burst out of the airport transit lounge firing. Pausing to throw grenades, they unleashed 83 rounds at the jetliner.

Sitting at a window seat, Leon Shirdan, a 50-year-old Israeli maritime engineer, was transiting through Greece, on his way to New York to work on a harbour island project. He was only at the window because he had switched places with a five-year-old so she could be closer to her parents.

The bullet that pierced the window and struck him in the head was not the first to do so. While serving during the Second World War, he had been shot in the forehead but recovered. This time, he would not be so lucky.

As the surviving passengers and crew fled the plane, which The Associated Press described as “blazing, smoking” and “bullet-riddled,” Greek authorities captured both gunmen. Mohammad was sentenced to 17 years imprisonment, but Greek authorities were soon forced to release him when Palestinian terrorists hijacked another airliner and threatened to kill everyone on board unless he was freed.

After stops in Cyprus and Madrid, Mohammad arrived in Canada in 1987 with his wife and three children. He did not disclose he had been convicted of a terrorist crime. While Canadian authorities quickly figured it out, removing him turned into an epic legal battle.

The total cost of deporting Mohammad was “enormous,” Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said Monday in announcing the deportation. “I could easily say it runs into the millions of dollars, given the number of legal reviews that went into this case.”

In addition to the legal costs, the government chartered an air ambulance to fly the 70-year-old back to Lebanon on Saturday, accompanied by two Canada Border Services Agency officers.

“We should never allow a situation like this to happen again,” said Mr. Kenney, who said that after becoming immigration minister he had committed to doing everything possible to remove the “terrorist killer” and closing the “flaws and loopholes” that had allowed him to stay in Canada for so long.

When Mr. Shirdan heard from a friend that Mohammad was gone, he felt relieved. “But it also sends you back to all those hard moments. It gives a sense of closure to an extent, but it just begs the question of why it took so long.”

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