MUSLIM TERRORIST Hesham Mohamed Hadayet
On July 4, 2002, Hesham Mohamed Hadayet, a 41-year old Egyptian national, opened fire at the El-Al check-in counter of LAX’s Tom Bradley international airport terminal, killing two people and wounding four others. The media played down the fact that this was another Muslim terrorist attack so soon after 9/11.
ABC NEWS Vicky Hen, a ticket agent for the Israeli airline, was shot and killed, along with a traveler, 46-year-old Yaakov Aminov, a father of eight. Four others were wounded before an El Al air marshal shot 41-year-old Hesham Mohamed Hadayet, an Egyptian national living in Irvine.
The media focused on an FBI investigation found that Hadayet’s limo business was failing, his wife had left him, and July 4 was his birthday. Yet a year later, after an international investigation, the act was determined to fit the definition of terrorism. According to the FBI, Hadayet wanted to die as a martyr. (But few of us ever heard this part of the report because it was no longer front page news a year later)
Today, Hen’s family and their supporters believe there’s a cover-up, and that the FBI knew more about Hadayet, but failed to act. ”The government, they knew about him, he’s a terrorist guy, and they never stopped him,” said Hen’s father Avi Hen.
The FBI responded to the theories in a statement saying, “While other theories were considered and researched, the investigation did not reveal the involvement of a state-sponsored group or co-conspirators.”(Back then few people realized there were so many homegrown Muslim terrorists on American soil)
“I lost my daughter, and for me, it is exactly like all the people in 9/11,” Avi Hen said. “Nobody is safe here.”