Johannesburg City Council just approved a motion to rename a Sandton Drive, a major road to “Leila Khaled Drive”, naming the road after PFLP terrorist Leila Khaled. At the head of this street lies the US Consulate for South Africa in Johannesburg.
Khaled’s claim to fame is being the “first female airline hijacker”, an “honor” respected only by people who think hijacking a civilian airliner is a good thing. She took part in the hijacking and bombing of TWA flight 840 in 1969, as well as an attempted hijacking of El Al flight 219 in 1970 where she was caught with 2 hand grenades by Israeli skymarshals.
She is currently an active member of the Popular Front For The Liberation Of Palestine (PFLP), a terror organization (recognized as such by the UN, EU and USA), who were responsible for dozens of airline hijackings and suicide bombings killing hundreds of Israeli and non-Israeli civilians.
The South African Jewish community responded:
“The South African Jewish Board of Deputies and South African Zionist Federation are aware of a recent motion by a member of the City of Johannesburg council yesterday to rename Sandton Drive after plane hijacker Leila Khaled. Given Khaled’s history, renaming Sandton Drive in her honour is extremely divisive, inflammatory and polarizing, and detracts considerably from South African values of social cohesion and nation-building.”