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Abu Ali Mustafa

Co-founder of PFLP, key Palestinian nationalist, and resistance leader.

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Date of Birth:



Arrābah, Palestine

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Why Featured?

Abu Ali Mustafa was a co-founder and secretary-general of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), a faction of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO). His leadership in the Palestinian nationalist movement, particularly through the PFLP, marked a significant period in the history of Palestinian resistance against Israeli occupation.

Brief bio

Abu Ali Mustafa was a prominent figure in Palestinian nationalism, known for his role in the Arab National Movement and later the PFLP. His involvement in these organizations was characterized by a commitment to Palestinian liberation and resistance against occupation, making him a central figure in the Palestinian struggle for self-determination.

Major Milestones


  • 1955: Joined the Arab Nationalist Movement at the age of 17.

  • 1967: Co-founded the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.

  • 1999: Returned to the occupied West Bank of Palestine.

  • 2001: Assassinated by Israeli occupation in an attack on his office.

  • Political Organizing: Active in the Arab Nationalist Movement, confronting repression by the Jordanian regime...See More

  • Leadership in PFLP: Played a key role in establishing and guiding the PFLP.

  • Advocacy for Palestinian Rights: Advocated for the liberation of Palestinian political prisoners.

  • Dedication to Palestinian Struggle: Demonstrated commitment to Palestinian resistance against occupation.

  • National Leadership: Emerged as a principled national leader, threatening the Israeli military occupation.

Date of Last Update: 
December 18, 2023

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